Monster Mash: Arianna Huffington waves off striking arts writers; Cuban dancers defecting to Canada

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Dismissive attitude: Arianna Huffington waves off the demands of unpaid arts writers for her website who have declared a strike, saying that no one will notice them. (The Wrap)

Defecting: Five members of the Cuban National Ballet, including a principal dancer, are refusing to return home after a Canadian tour. (Agence France-Presse)

Another honor: Stephen Sondheim will receive an honorary Olivier Award this month. (BBC)

Stepping down: Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s chief antiquities official, said Thursday that he would not stay on in a newly formed government. (New York Times)


At stake: Millions of dollars in arts funding are on the chopping block in the federal budget. (Los Angeles Times)

Starring role: Jason Alexander will headline a revival of Neil Simon’s ‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue,’ starting April 21, at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre. (Playbill)

Resolved: A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit against Louis Vuitton over Murakami canvases. (Los Angeles Times)

In memoriam: Theater personalities paid tribute to Michael Kuchwara, the theater critic for the Associated Press who died in May. (New York Times)

Multi-disciplinary: The Indianapolis Museum of Art is teaming up with sports organizations for the Venice Biennale. (Art Daily)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews ‘Carmen in 3D’ in movie theaters.

-- David Ng