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Monster Mash: Detroit Symphony's first concert since strike; artists in Hong Kong rally for Ai Weiwei

April 11, 2011 |  7:51 am


Back to work: The Detroit Symphony performed its first concert since musicians agreed to end their six-month strike. (Detroit News)

Outraged: A group in the Hong Kong arts community has sent a letter of protest to the territory's chief executive condemning China's detention of artist Ai Weiwei. Meanwhile, China's state-run news agency has reported that accusations of plagiarism have been leveled at the artist. (Wall Street Journal and Sydney Morning Herald)

Resigning: The Dallas Museum of Art said that Bonnie Pitman was stepping down from her post as director in May for health reasons. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Controversial: A theater in Montreal has withdrawn its invitation to French rocker Bertrand Cantat to appear in a series of plays after a public outcry against Cantat, who was convicted in 2003 in the death of his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignant. (Agence France-Presse)

Showing support: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna's State Opera will stage a benefit concert next month to help the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. (Associated Press)

Proud: Tenor Juan Diego Florez and his wife have welcomed a baby boy in New York. (ABC 7)

Young Capulet: Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in a new film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." (Hollywood Reporter)

Renovations: The owner of a Los Angeles house designed by architect Paul Revere Williams is planning to restore it after it was damaged in a fire. (Los Angeles Times)

Honored: Radical art group Voina won a major art prize founded by the Russian culture ministry for painting a giant penis on a bridge. (Agence France-Presse)

Artistic differences: An opera scholar disagrees with the Metropolitan Opera's current production of Rossini's "Le Compte Ory." (New York Times)

Passing: Artist John McCraken, who specialized in geometric sculptures, has died at 76. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s "Aspects of Adès"; a review of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; the operatic touches of HBO's "Mildred Pierce."

-- David Ng

Photo: The Detroit Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, performs Sunday. Credit: Elizabeth Conley / Associated Press