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Monster Mash: Getty's grant money; Shepard Fairey faces criminal probe; top London theater critic stepping down

January 27, 2010 |  9:25 am

Getty -- Handing out money: The Getty Foundation is set to award $3.1 million to 26 arts institutions for a 2011 series of exhibitions about Southern California art after World War II. (Los Angeles Times)

-- In deep: L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey faces a criminal investigation in connection with his ongoing Associated Press court battle. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Moving on: Benedict Nightingale is stepping down from his position as theater critic for the London Times, a post that he has held since 1990. (Playbill)

-- Farewell tour: More details emerge about the final tour of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. (New York Times)

-- Legal dispute: Heirs of the man who sold Vermeer's "The Art of Painting" to Adolf Hitler want the painting back from a museum in Austria. (Bloomberg)

-- Cutting back: Lyric Opera of Chicago reduces the number of performances for its upcoming season. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Overheard: Producers of the Broadway revival of "A View from the Bridge," starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, contemplate extending the run of the show. (New York Post)

-- New job: Former First Lady Laura Bush has joined  the advisory board for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in 2015. (NBC Washington)

-- Heroic deed: Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham helps thwart a robbery during a performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" in New York. (New York Times)

-- Pastoral: The mystery over where John Constable painted some of his landscapes has been solved. (The Guardian)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: The Huntington has acquired personal letters belonging to Charles Dickens.

-- David Ng

Photo: Getty Center in Brentwood. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times