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Monster Mash: Logan to adapt 'Jersey Boys,' Tate curator to Met

January 11, 2012 |  8:00 am


New leadership: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hires Sheena Wagstaff, chief curator of Tate Modern in London, in a bid to become a "serious competitor in the field of contemporary art for the first time in half a century." (New York Times)

Four Seasons on film: "Hugo" writer and "Red" playwright John Logan will pen the film adaptation of  "Jersey Boys," winner of four Tonys in 2006. (Hollywood Reporter)

Dancing about ... : Filmmaker Wim Wenders, whose most recent work is the documentary "Pina" on the German performer Pina Bausch, says he's working on a new documentary on architecture. (Art Review)

Fairy tale musical: Director Rob Marshall is in talks to direct a big-screen adaptation of "Into the Woods," and has said that Stephen Sondheim will write new songs for it. (New York Magazine)

Cash call: The Santa Monica Playhouse is soldiering on despite its failure to raise a needed $15,000 to continue operations. (Santa Monica Mirror)

The red violin: Joshua Bell talks about playing on the soundtrack of "Flowers of War," Zhang Yimou's historical epic that's already grossed $83 million in China. (Huffington Post)

Ring again: The Washington National Opera will present the complete Wagner “Ring” cycle in 2016, which it had initially commissioned with the San Francisco Opera but suspended because of money problems. (New York Times)

Test of time: The Gehry Residence, architect Frank Gehry's first significant work, has won the AIA's 2012 Twenty-Five Year Award. (Curbed LA)

Inflation? A 1793 one-cent copper coin from the earliest days of the U.S. Mint has sold for a record $1.38 million at a Florida auction. (Art Daily)

Mural art: A photo gallery of Los Angeles' most bizarre and beautiful storefront murals. (Myopia)

Passing: Artist and activist Dara Greenwald, co-founder of the radical feminist dance troupe Pink Bloque and co-editor of the book "Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to Now," has died at age 40 of cancer. (Democracy Now!)

Also in the L.A. Times: Filmmaker-playwright Neil LaBute's collaboration with photographer Gerald Slota is currently on view at the Robert Berman Gallery in Bergamot Station.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo: A scene from the production of "Jersey Boys" at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2007. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times