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Monster Mash: Pompeii site faces problems; Ai Weiwei tax case

January 6, 2012 |  8:05 am

A UNESCO report has identified serious problems with Pompeii

Poor condition: A UNESCO report has identified serious problems with Pompeii, including structural damage to buildings, vandalism and a lack of qualified staff. (Art Newspaper)

Step by step: Authorities in China have agreed to artist Ai Weiwei's request to review a $2.4-million fine imposed by the tax bureau. (Los Angeles Times)

Axed: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has canceled its planned revival of the musical "Pal Joey." (Broadway World)

Hot spot: The architecture firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro will redesign Fire Island's Pines Pavilion, which recently burned down. (New York Times)

West End-bound: "The Book of Mormon" is expected to make its London debut in 2013. (Daily Mail)

Gift: The Georgia Museum of Art is receiving 100 works from the private collection of a couple who collect African American art. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Sidelined: British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan has injured his Achilles tendon, forcing him to cancel performances. (Ottawa Citizen)

Naughty: A look at excavated brothel tokens used by people in the Roman Empire to procure sex. (Guardian)

Ripple effect: Financial woes are taking a toll on the Detroit Science Center. (Detroit Free Press)

Cost considerations: The Oregon Symphony has dropped its membership in the League of American Orchestras, citing the cost. (Oregonian)

Cultivating crowds: Opera America has awarded audience development grants to 16 opera companies across the country. (Broadway World)

Warmer than usual: The lack of snow is forcing the cancellation this month of an annual snow-sculpting event in Nevada. (Associated Press)

No Mozart: The San Antonio Opera has canceled its February production of "Don Giovanni" due to money problems. (San Antonio Express-News)

Passings: Roderick G. Robbie, the architect of the SkyDome in Toronto and the Canadian Government Pavilion at Expo '67 in Montreal, has died at 83. (Globe and Mail)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970" at the Orange County Museum of Art.

-- David Ng

Photo: A ruin from the ancient city of Pompeii, with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. Credit: Cesare Abbate / EPA