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Monster Mash: L.A. job cuts would hurt arts programs; Daniels returning to 'Carnage'; Villazon defends reality show

January 28, 2010 |  9:07 am

Daniels -- On the chopping block: A plan to cut 1,003 jobs across the L.A. city government would deeply affect arts programs and neighborhood councils. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Deja vu: Jeff Daniels will return to Broadway's "God of Carnage" to take the role once played by James Gandolfini. Also joining the cast are Janet McTeer, Lucy Liu and Dylan Baker. (Playbill)

-- Fighting back: Tenor Rolando Villazon responds to criticism about his appearance on the U.K. reality show "Popstar to Operastar." (Daily Telegraph)

-- Expensive purchase: The Getty Museum purchases Louis Leopold Boilly’s "The Entrance to the Turkish Garden Café" (1812) for close to $4.6 million at an auction. (Art Info)

-- Labor accord: Musicians of the Seattle Symphony have reached a tentative contract agreement with management, averting a strike. (Seattle Times)

-- Bullish: Christie's International says that it is confident of the art market recovering after sales declined 24% in 2009. (Bloomberg)

-- Somewhat less bullish: Museum leaders continue to cut or freeze budgets but express some cautious optimism. (The Art Newspaper)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Donors give the Getty 52 images by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Mexico's leading photographer; upcoming season announcements from L.A. Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, the L.A. Master Chorale and the Philharmonic Society in Orange County.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jeff Daniels. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times