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Monster Mash: Anger over Nazi gnomes; N.Y. City Opera drama; Neues Museum reopens

October 15, 2009 |  9:03 am


--Fascist elves: A controversy has arisen in the German town of Straubing, where an artist has revealed a series of gnome sculptures giving the Nazi salute. (Guardian)

--Drama backstage: Current board members of the troubled New York City Opera have apparently survived a "coup attempt" by former board members. (New York Observer)

--Long-awaited: Berlin's Neues Museum reopens after a $298-million restoration. (Associated Press)

--Major gift: The Kennedy Center has announced a $5-million gift from Adrienne Arsht that is intended to support musical theater programming at the renowned performing arts center in Washington. (Kennedy Center

--Bullish on culture: A Standard & Poor's analyst is mildly optimistic on the cultural sector, based on an analysis of 33 arts and cultural institutions. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

--Financial largess: The Rockefeller Foundation announced $2.7 million in grants for New York nonprofit organizations. (Crain's New York Business)

--In the lurch: An unfinished cultural arts center in Miami loses $2 million in funding. (Miami Herald)

--New generation: Poland's Auschwitz Memorial Museum launches its own Facebook page to reach a younger audience. (Associated Press)

--Cultural diplomacy: The New York Philharmonic kicks off its tour in Vietnam this week. (Agence France Presse)

--And from the L.A. Times: Artists adorn a courthouse in Santa Ana with depictions of significant events in Orange County legal history. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: Artist Ottmar Hoerl presents 1,250 garden gnomes with their arms raised in a Hitler salute in the southern German city of Straubing. Credit: Joerg Koch / AFP / Getty Images