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Monster Mash: Dodgers' Don Mattingly in 'Nutcracker'; Warhol tops S&P

December 21, 2011 |  7:50 am

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took time to appear in The Nutcracker

Holiday spirit: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly traveled to his hometown in Indiana to perform in a local production of "The Nutcracker" ballet. (NBC Los Angeles)

Good investments: Art by Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 during the last 10 years, according to a new measure. (Bloomberg)

Next project: Filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, who took us inside John Malkovich's head with "Being John Malkovich," is talking about making a movie musical. (Guardian)

Hard times: The Los Angeles area's arts and entertainment industries lost thousands of jobs from 2007 to 2010, according to a study. (Los Angeles Times)

Getting off the ground: The Weinstein Co. is moving forward with its long-gestating stage musical "Finding Neverland," which had been set to run at LaJolla Playhouse. (New York Times)

Missing: Thieves have stolen a work of public art in Britain by artist Barbara Hepworth. (Telegraph)

Cash infusion: The Smithsonian Institution is receiving a $52-million increase in funding from Congress for 2012, with the boost primarily devoted to building a museum on the National Mall devoted to black history. (Los Angeles Times)

Hoop dreams: Producers have found the actor to play Earvin "Magic" Johnson in the Broadway-bound play "Magic/Bird." (Playbill)

Meeting of the minds: An international cultural summit will be held during the next Edinburgh International Festival. (The Stage UK)

More is more: New York is getting another international theater festival. (New York Times)

Back to the stage: Christina Ricci will appear in a New York production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," opposite Bebe Neuwirth. (Broadway World)

Donation: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has received a gift of 260 objects of enameled Russian silver. (Baltimore Sun)

Reprising her role: Elizabeth Marvel, who starred in the off-Broadway production of "Other Desert Cities," will return to the play in its Broadway incarnation in March to replace Rachel Griffiths. (Theatermania)

Passings: Gene Summers, the modernist architect, has died at age 83; Heidi Helen Davis, an actress, acting teacher and stage director who had a long association with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum has died at age 60.

Also in the L.A. Times: An appreciation of the late playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel.

-- David Ng

Photo: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly argues a call with an umpire in July. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times