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Monster Mash: Move to save Claremont Museum; Eli Broad's Beverly Hills museum; Honolulu Symphony cancels concerts

November 9, 2009 |  9:22 am


-- Stay of execution?: The city of Claremont is considering a measure to assist the Claremont Museum of Art, which is on the verge of closing. (Contra Costa Times)

-- Moving forward: Eli Broad is currently under property and lease negotiations with the city of Beverly Hills for his long-planned museum. (Beverly Hills Courier)

-- Dire measures: The Honolulu Symphony has canceled its remaining concerts for 2009 and may lay off half of its musicians. (Honolulu Advertiser)

-- Art of diplomacy: Germany and Egypt are planning talks over a contested statue of Nefertiti. (Agence France Presse, via Art Info)

-- Back in business: Oxford's Ashmolean Museum has finally re-opened to the public after extensive renovations. (BBC News)

-- Retro hit: "The Marvelous Wonderettes," the off-Broadway musical that originated in L.A., will close Jan. 3 after a 16-month run. (Variety)

-- Award winner: Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze has won the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary. (Globe and Mail)

-- Classical twist: A ballet adaptation of Bizet's opera "Carmen" in South Africa is given a soccer-themed twist. (Agence France Presse)

-- And in the L.A. Times: A large outdoor fork sculpture attracts attention in Pasadena; music critic Mark Swed compares conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alan Gilbert; art critic Christopher Knight discusses a "maybe" Michelangelo. 

-- David Ng

Photo: The Claremont Museum of Art and its former director, William Moreno. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times