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Monster Mash: Artists upset over Tony Blair memoir; Philadelphia Orchestra gets financial aid

September 9, 2010 |  8:01 am

Blair -- Political protest: Artist Tracey Emin and designer Vivienne Westwood are among those in the cultural community who pressured the Tate Modern in London to cancel a book party for former Prime Minister Tony Blair. (Art Daily)

-- Financial aid: The Philadelphia Orchestra has received a $4.5-million pledge from the William Penn Foundation to aid its recovery efforts. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- Political dialogue: New York's governor responds to comments made from the imam of the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in Manhattan. (Associated Press)

-- Hidden treasure: The Dallas Museum of Art said it has discovered that the painting "Young Man with a Flute" in its holdings is actually that of artist George Romney. (Dallas Art News)

-- Comic potential: Molly Shannon will take over the role vacated by Tony winner Katie Finneran in the musical "Promises, Promises" on Broadway. (Playbill)

-- Rare birds: Sotheby's is set to auction off a rare copy of John James Audubon's "Birds of America." (Associated Press)

-- Star power: Gemma Arterton and Derek Jacobi are among the big names set to appear on London's West End this fall. (Deadline Hollywood)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Bravo's "Work of Art" reality series gets a second season; more on child opera singer Jackie Evancho

-- David Ng

Photo: Copies of Tony Blair's memoirs on sale at half price. Credit: Toby Melville / Reuters