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Monster Mash: LACMA film program gets stay of execution; Stew talks about L.A. indie rock; Seattle's public-art mystery

August 27, 2009 |  8:37 am


-- Will it be enough? LACMA receives $150,000 toward its film program that had been scheduled to close in October and that will now run through June.

-- Hometown boy: Tony winner Stew discusses his L.A. roots and the new film adaptation of his musical "Passing Strange."

-- New leadership: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., has named Robert A. Kret as its new director, replacing George King.

-- Public art conundrum: A mysterious guerrilla-art statute has appeared in Seattle's Gas Works Park. 

-- High-tech companion: The Brooklyn Museum has launched a guided-tour iPhone application with a twist.

-- Expect a Brechtian touch: Tony-winning director John Doyle is scheduled to direct a revival of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" at the Cincinnati Playhouse in October. 

-- Jet-set destination: Is Athens the next hot spot for the international contemporary art scene?

-- Un scandale: A theater in Nice, France, is producing a new play based on the 2008 scandal involving Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, who lost billions of euros for the company because of rogue trading practices.

-- Mad about art: German artist Daniel Richter recently led a protest in Hamburg in which nearly 200 artists occupied a building scheduled for demolition.

-- Role of a lifetime: Christopher Plummer will return to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival next season to take the role of Prospero in "The Tempest," directed by Des McAnuff.

-- Record attendance: A Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective has proved to be a box-office bonanza for New York's Guggenheim Museum.

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket," a LACMA favorite. Credit: New Yorker Films/Criterion Collection