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Monster Mash: Clint Eastwood receives Museum of Tolerance award; O.C. arts groups see box-office slump

November 16, 2010 |  8:07 am


Honored: The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles bestowed its Tolerance Award to Clint Eastwood at the museum's first International Film Festival. (Los Angeles Times)

Slumping: A study finds that 24 arts groups in Orange County saw their combined box office returns fall in 2008-09. (Los Angeles Times)

Financial trouble: The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco faces bankruptcy if it can't work out a new deal with a lender. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Public appeal: The Louvre Museum in Paris is launching a rare public campaign to help purchase a 1531 painting by the German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. (The Guardian)

Called off: London's Natural History Museum has suspended a planned expedition to a remote region of Paraguay after protests that it might disturb one of the world's last uncontacted tribes. (BBC News)

Looking east: The Edinburgh International Festival will turn its focus on Asian culture next year, with artists from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam invited to attend. (The Scotsman)

Closing early: The Broadway revival of "La Bête," starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumely, will close Jan. 9, a month earlier than scheduled. (Playbill)

Standoff: The Louisville Orchestra is threatening bankruptcy if its musicians union doesn't agree to drastic cuts. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Protest: Activists gathered outside the Center for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv on Monday, calling for a boycott on Israel. (Jerusalem Post)

Bird enthusiast: An American citizen has been charged over the theft of 299 rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in Britain. (BBC News)

Seized: New Mexico State Police have confiscated a sculpture titled "The Last Pedophile" from an art festival. (KOAT-TV)

Also in the L.A. Times: Conductor James Conlon has extended his contract with L.A. Opera through the 2012-13 season; music critic Mark Swed on composer Henryk Górecki, who died last week.

-- David Ng

Photo: Clint Eastwood, center, at the Museum of Tolerance's film festival gala. Surrounding him, from left, are Taylor Hicks, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Mike Melvoin, Tom Scott, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Lopez. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance.