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Monster Mash: Ancient Arabic inscription found; Israel upset over sculptures; Audrey Tautou debuts on stage

February 18, 2010 |  8:49 am

Inscription -- Important find: Archaeologists say they have discovered an ancient Arabic inscription in Jerusalem that offers insight into Muslim rule in the city. (Associated Press)

-- Diplomatic row: Two sculptures by artist Eugenio Merino -- one featuring an Uzi sub-machine gun out of which grows a candelabrum ornamented with a Star of David -- has upset the Israeli embassy in Spain. (Ynet News)

-- Break a leg: French actress Audrey Tautou makes her stage debut in a Paris production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House." (Agence France-Presse)

-- Innovating: Seattle's ACT Theater tries a subscription model that resembles a gym membership. (KUOW)

-- Scaling back: Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has cut staff and programs as part of a reorganization. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- Ongoing feud: A fight between the Museum of the American Railroad at Fair Park and the city of Dallas is getting worse. (Dallas Morning News)

-- Rebounding: Miami City Ballet, which had fired several dancers last fall and cut its budget, said that its upcoming season will feature an expanded budget thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation. (Miami Herald)

-- Diva: Bernadette Peters announces dates and venues for her upcoming concert appearances, which includes stops in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. (Playbill)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Kathleen Battle in recital; the Getty Museum announces a cultural partnership with Sicily.

-- David Ng

Photo: An Arabic inscription discovered in Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press