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March 24, 2009 |  8:48 am

Fairey_obama_kevg04nc_2 Journalism imitating art: The Associated Press photo of Barack Obama that inspired Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster is now for sale at a New York gallery in a limited edition of 200. The prints are selling for a reported $1,200 apiece. Times art critic Christopher Knight recently reviewed the much-talked-about Shepard Fairey exhibition at Boston's ICA.

Won't make the same mistake as AIG: Sotheby's has eliminated the annual cash bonus for its CEO, William F. Ruprecht, and cut his salary by $100,000 to $600,000 after the art-auction house posted an 87% drop in profits for last year.

Stars take to the stage: Annette Bening, Laurence Fishburne and Matthew Modine are slated to top-line the Geffen Playhouse's 2009-10 season.

Another star takes to the stage: Anne Hathaway will star as Judy Garland in upcoming stage and film adaptations of Gerald Clarke's biography "Get Happy," produced by Harvey Weinstein.

Bucking the trend: The University of Michigan Museum of Art reopens following a $42-million expansion that includes 53,000 square feet of new space.

No atomic bombs this time: John Adams' opera-oratorio "The Flowering Tree" will be performed at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Peter Sellars will direct the production.

Ambitious season: New works by Lisa Kron, Naomi Iizuka and songwriter Matthew Sweet will be part of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 2009-10 season. Also scheduled is the West Coast premiere of several short plays by Tony Kushner.

Home from the hospital: Actor Stacy  Keach is recuperating at home after suffering a mild stroke. No word yet whether he will return to the Ahmanson Theatre for the remainder of the "Frost/Nixon" run.

Passing: California photographer Pirkle Jones has died at 95. He was known for his images of migrant workers, landscapes and radical social movements.

-- David Ng

Photo: Mannie Garcia/ Associated Press; artwork by Shepard Fairey