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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

January 23, 2009 |  8:31 am

--Classical music's version of Milli Vanilli or Ashley Simpson? Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others in inauguration quartet played John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" to a backup recording.

--The Architect's Newspaper names the five architects on the shortlist for Eli Broad's new art museum in Beverly Hills.

--Los Angeles Philharmonic announces its first season under new conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

--Robert Gumbiner, founder of Museum of Latin American Art, dies at 85.

--A former museum guard at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art admits to slashing $1.2 million painting with a key.

--A French photographer sues Richard Prince, claiming the artist improperly lifted images from his photographic survey of Rastafarian culture.

--Sacramento Ballet cancels the rest of its season, citing financial problems.

--Neil Simon searches for a fresh face to star in revivals of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound."

--Seattle Museum of Art receives help dealing with loss of bankrupt tenant Washington Mutual.

--What's it like to be a ballet muse?

--Lisa Fung