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Monster Mash: David Duchovny won't travel to L.A. with LaBute play; Versace painting returned to owners

November 23, 2010 |  8:10 am


Leading man: David Duchovny said he won't be in the L.A. production of Neil LaBute's "The Break of Noon" at the Geffen Playhouse. The play recently opened off-Broadway. (Showbiz 411)

Home again: A painting from the art collection of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace has been reunited with its rightful owners. (BBC News)

Money trouble: Executives from JP Morgan have agreed to meet with leaders from San Francisco's Asian Art Museum and city officials to lessen its financial grip on the museum. (San Francisco Sentinel)

Theatrical honor: The judging panel for London's Evening Standard Theatre Awards has announced the shortlist for its 56th annual prize. (Playbill)

Committed: UC Berkeley has pledged to spend as much as $20 million in campus funds to help build a $96-million art museum despite ongoing financial woes. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Rubbing elbows: The director of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum recently met with Eli Broad and Larry Gagosian as part of a New York trip to seek out contemporary art. (Bloomberg)

Real-estate woes: New York's Chelsea Art Museum has another year to stay at its current location after a bankruptcy court paved the way for the sale of the museum's building. (The Wall Street Journal)

Breaking the code: The secrets behind a sculpture commissioned by CIA and featuring encoded text are beginning to be revealed. (New York Times)

Impressive return: A painting bought at a rummage sale for a few dollars and attributed to artist Lawren Harris has sold at auction for about $39,000. (CBC)

In memoriam: An appreciation of Margaret Burroughs, the artist and founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, who has died at age 93. (Chicago Tribune)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Harps and Angels" at the Mark Taper Forum; the L.A. Master Chorale and KUSC-FM enter into a two-year broadcasting partnership; the director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum is stepping down.

-- David Ng

Photo: David Duchovny, left, and Amanda Peet are shown in a scene from "The Break of Noon" in New York. Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press