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Monster Mash: Jeremy Piven unhappy about satire; David Lynch talks paintings; ex-museum director to surrender in stolen artifacts case

September 16, 2009 |  8:51 am


-- Mercury rising: Jeremy Piven's lawyer has reportedly issued a cease and desist letter against a satirical production called "The Piven Monologues."

-- Auteur artwork: David Lynch talks about his latest gallery exhibition of new paintings in Santa Monica.

-- Corporate sponsor: The new arts center in downtown Dallas, scheduled to open in October, will be named the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

-- Criminal charges: A former director of the Hillwood Museum on Long Island is expected to surrender today on charges that he stole nine Egyptian artifacts from the museum's collection.

-- Ethical conflict: The Smithsonian Institution said it violated its own policy when it rented space to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

-- Promotional tour: Cast members from FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" are coming to Hollywood on Sept. 25 as part of a touring stage musical production titled "The Nightman Cometh."

-- Revelations: Owen Burdick, former music director of New York's Trinity Church, finally opens up about his sudden departure from his post two years ago.

-- Curtain time: The new Green Day musical, "American Idiot," opens today at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

-- Large gifts: The financially troubled Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina has received a pair of $1-million donations.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jeremy Piven. Credit: Associated Press