Monster Mash: Smithsonian controversy flares again; L.A. stadium in naming deal with Farmers Insurance

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Not pleased: A panel advising the Smithsonian Institution moved Monday to prevent the removal of any artwork from museum shows without wide consultation. Meanwhile, protesters marched against the Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, in Washington. (Los Angeles Times and Washington Post)

And it shall be called...: L.A.'s proposed downtown football stadium is expected to be called ‘Farmers Field,’ in a naming rights deal with Farmers Insurance worth $700 million over 30 years. (ESPN)

Looking ahead: The Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera have separately announced their 2011-12 seasons. (Los Angeles Times and Washington Post)

Cultural diplomacy: Tehran said it will cut cultural ties with France if the Louvre Museum fails to set up an exhibition of Persian artifacts in Iran as agreed. (Agence France-Presse)


Teaming up again: Reeve Carney, the star of Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ and his band will open for U2 at a concert scheduled for July 30 in Canada. (

Delayed: Preview performances for the new Broadway musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ have been pushed back by a few days to March 7. (Playbill)

Rare: Brief film footage of the Ballets Russes dating from 1928 has been discovered. (The Guardian)

Imperiled: The National Black Theater, a cultural anchor of Harlem, may close because its building is facing foreclosure. (New York Times)

Musical genius: Composer Frederic Chopin might have suffered from epilepsy. (NPR)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at South Coast Repertory; music critic Mark Swed reviews the Xenakis Festival at REDCAT.

-- David Ng