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February 16, 2009 |  9:08 am


Reworking_the_frame -- Painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River gets a makeover.

-- Jenkins Shannon is named new director of Pasadena Museum of California Art.

-- Playwright Rajiv Joseph, whose play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" will be seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and David Adjmi are awarded 2009 Kesselring Fellowships.

-- Royal Opera House goes dark, but the show must go on -- in a bar.

-- Touring production of "Dreamgirls," set for Ahmanson Theatre, will include the song "Listen" from the film.

-- Economic uncertainties force Laguna Playhouse to drop expansion plans.

-- Beijing to loan 29 Qing Dynasty relics to Taiwan in first cultural exchange in decades.

-- Orange County High School principal bans student production of "Rent," but denies it was because of gay characters.

-- Set your TiVo:  American Masters presents “Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About” Wednesday on PBS.

-- Performing arts companies slash ticket prices to fill seats.

-- Reopening of Iraq's National Museum remains uncertain.

-- Lisa Fung

Top photo: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lower photo: Workers restore a replica of the original decorative frame that once held the famous 22-by-12-foot painting. Credit: Frank Franklin II / AP