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Monster Mash: Obama rehangs art, Kushner celebration begins, East West Players leader honored

May 22, 2009 |  9:36 am


-- New administration, new decorations: Obama changes art on White House walls, choosing works by Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson and African American and Latino artists.

-- A month of offerings: Curtain rises on Guthrie Theater's Tony Kushner Celebration.

-- Prestigious honor: Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players, wins James Irvine Foundation's prestigious Leadership Award -- and $125,000.

-- Silent auction: Battle looms over sale of personal items that belonged to mime Marcel Marceau.

-- His first museum: Despite tough economy, Thom Mayne-designed museum in Dallas remains on track.

Bill T Jones -- Starry support: Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jay-Z reportedly among the potential backers for Bill T. Jones' "Fela," which may move to Broadway in the fall.

-- Finding connections: Museum curators look for ways to better engage visitors.

-- Opera to the rescue?: Finally, a performance is scheduled at Beijing's landmark bird's nest stadium -- Zhang Yimou's production of Puccini's "Turandot."

-- Canadian architect dies: Arthur Erickson, designer of L.A.'s California Plaza towers, dies at 84.

-- Lasting presence: Is Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" Britain's greatest contemporary play?

-- Finished product: Construction completed on Toyo Ito's solar-powered stadium in Taiwan, with opening set in July.

-- Surreal experience: A museum dedicated to artist Rene Magritte opens in Brussels.

-- Saving money: Baltimore Museum of Art announces furloughs and cutbacks.

-- Switching organizations: Former executive director of San Francisco Symphony takes top post at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

-- We have theaters here too: Seems like every other major U.S. city gets to see National Theatre of London's production of "Phedre," starring Helen Mirren. Why not Los Angeles?

-- Substitute soloist: Baritone Daniel Teadt replacing ailing Nathaniel Webster in May 31 Los Angeles Master Chorale concert at Disney Hall. 

-- What would Leonardo think?: What happens when you Twitter the Mona Lisa?

-- Lisa Fung

Top photo: Ed Ruscha's "I think I'll..." (1983) Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington
Bottom photo: Bill T. Jones. Credit: Liz Baylen / Los Angeles Times