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December 30, 2008 | 10:09 am

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Charles E. Young, the new chief executive of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, looks ahead.

In Hollywood, producer Kevin Von Feldt of the troubled Kodak Theatre "Christmas Carol" is haunted by his own ghost of a "Christmas Carol" past.

Christopher Knight reviews "Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575-1725" at the Getty Museum.

The 1961 film version of "Flower Drum Song" is among 25 movies newly named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Art prices extended a seven-year surge for much of 2008, with a Monet of water lilies, a Lucian Freud  portrait and a Francis Bacon triptych setting records.

Alanna Heiss, the founding director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, will retire Wednesday.

In Variety-speak, "Santa brought his usual Christmas bounty to Broadway last week -- although sales weren't quite as boffo as they have been in the past."

Shades of "Big River." "Life on the Mississippi," based on the Mark Twain classic, is among three teen-centric new musicals that will receive staged readings at Goodspeed Musicals' Festival of New Artists in mid-January.

Accused Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff got a taste of his own medicine last weekend, according to a police report, when a burglar stole a $10,000 statue from his $9.4-million Palm Beach estate.

British pantomime actress Linda Lusardi is criticized by police after dialing 999 when traffic threatened to make her late for a performance of "Snow White."

-- Craig Fisher

Photo: Nancy Kwan bounds down a San Francisco street in the 1961 film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song." Credit: Los Angeles Times

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