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Monster Mash: Getty wins a prize; Frank Lloyd Wright Lego; Hirshhorn sells 2 Eakins

May 21, 2009 |  8:18 am

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--Praise for its work: Getty Conservation Institute wins top honors from American Institute of Conservation.

--For budding architects: Lego creates Frank Lloyd Wright sets of Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.

--Deaccessioning artwork: Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden sells two of three Thomas Eakins paintings for  $461,000.

--Moving to New York: "Memphis," the musical that got its start at the La Jolla Playhouse, to hit Broadway's Shubert Theatre in September. 

--What economic woes?: Groundbreaking set for the $245-million Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. And the surrounding park gets a new name.

--Meanwhile, in St. Louis: Plans for the $174-million Kiel Opera House are put on hold.

--Cheap entry: Admission for new Acropolis Museum, scheduled to open in June in Athens, is set at 1 euro.

--Honors for artists: Los Angeles alt-art group, the League of Imaginary Scientists, wins international competition. 

--Next best thing to being there: Orange County Performing Arts Center's organ makes its online debut.

--Cast grows: Richard Thomas joins James Spader in cast of David Mamet's new play "Race."

--'Odyssey' creator: British composer Nicholas Maw dies at 73.

--2 1/2-year delay: Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt van Rijn's works, will reopen in 2013 after a $504-million renovation. 

--America voted: Did the theater guy win? In case you somehow missed it, here are the results of "American Idol."

--Reasons not to Twitter: 'Reasons to be Pretty" director Terry Kinney and Tony nominated actor Thomas Sadoski on Twittering during the Neil LaBute play. (video on the jump)

--Lisa Fung

Caption: Getty Center in Brentwood. Credit: Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times