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Monster Mash: Tony nominations announced, Navy SEALs to get tribute from 9/11 museum

May 3, 2011 |  6:51 am

Book of Mormon Knocking on Tony's door: "The Book of Mormon," the hit musical from the "South Park" team led Tuesday morning's Tony nomination announcement with 14 nods. (Los Angeles Times) 

Tribute: Organizers behind the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York say there will be a special tribute to the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden. (1010 WINS, via CBS New York)

Cracking down: Graffiti appearing across Hong Kong in support of detained artist Ai Weiwei has sparked a warning by the Chinese army. (Reuters)

Lost, then found: A Gerhard Richter painting thought by the artist to have been destroyed emerges at an auction. (The Guardian)
And the winner is: Sturtevant and Franz West are named recipients of the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 54th International Art Exhibition. (Venice Biennale)

Masterpiece: The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is borrowing a painting by 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Los Angeles Times)

Drama continues: Broadway impresario Garth Drabinsky and his business partner Myron Gottlieb continue court battle to overturn their 2009 conviction for fraud and forgery. (Toronto Sun)
Music man? Playwright Edward Albee says, “I probably think of myself half the time as a composer.” (Telegraph)
Money in: National Endowment for the Humanities awards $2 million in grants to Southern California arts and cultural institutions. (Los Angeles Times)

In public: Julie Taymor spoke obliquely about "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" at a recent interview at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Wall Street Journal)

Stepping down: Peter Galassi, the chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will retire in July. (New York Times)

Stepping up: Conductor Daniel Barenboim is scheduled to lead an orchestra of European musicians in a peace concert in Gaza on Tuesday. (Wall Street Journal)

Ripped from the headlines: Cynthia Nixon is expected to play a character loosely inspired by Julie Taymor in an episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." (TV Line)

Leaving: Bolton Colburn is resigning after 14 years as the director of the Laguna Art Museum. (Los Angeles Times)

Money trouble: The director of the Austin Lyric Opera is resigning as the company deals with $1 million in debt. (Austin American Statesmen)

Also in the L.A. Times: ‎Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Paris: Life & Luxury in the 18th Century" at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

-- David Ng