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Monster Mash: Palestinians protest Museum of Tolerance; Smithsonian's snow trouble; Polaroids headed for auction

February 11, 2010 |  8:48 am


-- Angered: A group of Palestinians have lodged a protest with the United Nations to prevent the construction of a Museum of Tolerance on the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. (The Guardian)

-- Caving in: A warehouse containing stored artifacts for the Smithsonian collapsed in Maryland as a result of the region's second blizzard this year. (NBC Washington)

-- For sale: Polaroid will sell a portion of its photography collection -- including images created by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close -- at an auction in June. (Bloomberg)

-- Rumor mill: Is trouble afoot for Cirque du Soleil's production of "Banana Shpeel" in New York? (New York Post)

-- Weighing options: The Fresno Art Museum and Fresno State are exploring the prospect of shifting the museum collection and its operations to the university. (Fresno Bee)

-- Cultural diplomacy: Artists in India and Pakistan create a program called Quest for Peace, which will bring the two nations together through music, literature and other cultural interactions. (NPR)

-- Major gift: Dallas Opera receives a $10-million challenge grant from an anonymous donor. (Dallas Morning News)

-- Celebration: A new public dance piece will commemorate same-sex unions in San Francisco. (San Francisco Chronicle)

-- No show: Lindsay Lohan won't be attending the Vienna Opera Ball after all. (E! Online)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The Century Plaza hotel has been spared the wrecking ball thanks to a deal between preservationists and the owner; MOCA announces more than 50 acquisitions in 2009.

-- David Ng

Photo: The cordoned-off construction site of a downtown Jerusalem museum dedicated to tolerance and coexistence. Credit: Dan Balilty / Associated Press