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Monster Mash: Chinese officials trying to build case against Ai Weiwei; Russell Brand joins 'Rock of Ages'

April 14, 2011 |  7:45 am


Charges: Chinese officials are attempting to build a tax case against detained artist Ai Weiwei. (Reuters)

Comedian: Russell Brand is joining the cast of the movie "Rock of Ages," adapted from the jukebox stage musical. (Entertainment Weekly)

Resuscitated: The Honolulu Symphony has reached a three-year agreement with unionized musicians to revive the bankrupt 110-year-old orchestra. (KITV News)

Win: Stanford University has selected the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new home for its art and art history department. (New York Times)

Teaming up: The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will begin a partnership with UCLA in 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

Back for more: The recent Tony-winning revival of the musical "Hair" will return to Broadway for a two-month run starting in July. (Reuters)

On their feet: Young students in an impoverished part of Nairobi, Kenya, are turning to ballet. (CNN)

Ensemble cast: Chris Sarandon, Jason Butler Harner and Ben Rosenfield will join Carey Mulligan in an off-Broadway production of "Through a Glass Darkly" this summer. (Playbill)

Getting the skinny: Alberto Giacometti's last surviving model talks about her experience with the renowned artist. (The Art Newspaper)

Dangerous?: An award-winning small theater in London is facing safety citations due to its stairs. (The Independent)

Sci-fi comedy: Tony-nominated actor Michael Stuhlbarg is joining the cast of the movie "Men in Black 3." (Hollywood Reporter)

Also in the L.A. Times: A review of Mark Robson in recital at Piano Spheres.

-- David Ng

Photo: A pro-democracy protester holds a picture of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong. Credit: Kin Cheung / Associated Press