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Monster Mash: new leader for Alvin Ailey; more of Anne Frank's diary on display; Banksy's name game

April 29, 2010 |  7:51 am

Alvinailey -- Top job: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has chosen choreographer Robert Battle as its new artistic director to succeed Judith Jamison, who is retiring in 2011. (New York Times)

-- Wartime record: Nearly all of Anne Frank's diary -- including notebooks and pages that had been stored in Dutch government archives -- is on display for the first time at the house in Amsterdam where the Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis. (Associated Press)

-- In exchange: British graffiti artist Banksy has given the members of a London band once called Exit Through the Gift Shop a huge $300,000 painting after they agreed to change their name so he could use their old moniker as the title of his new film. (Telegraph)

-- Guitar hero: A patchwork full-length leather coat and other personal items belonging to '60s rock icon Jimi Hendrix will go on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington this summer. Hendrix's grandmother was Cherokee. (United Press International)

-- Going underground: London's Old Vic theater is taking over a series of tunnels beneath Waterloo Station as a space for performances, film screenings and curated art exhibitions. (The Art Newspaper)

-- Grand finale: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, South African soprano Pretty Yende and Canadian rocker Bryan Adams will perform in a July concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mark the end of soccer's World Cup. (Associated Press)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne offers city officials advice on what to ask of billionaire Eli Broad if he wants to use a Grand Avenue site for his art museum; Tony winner Sutton Foster is bringing her new one-woman show to the Kirk Douglas Theatre; the Huntington Library will present the first exhibit from its Charles Bukowski collection this fall.

--Karen Wada

Photo: Matthew Rushing, Renee Robinson and Constance Stamatiou of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa in March. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times