Monster Mash: James Franco’s ‘Rebel’ postponed at Venice Biennale; Ai Weiwei book sheds new light

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Delayed: It is unclear whether James Franco’s art installation, ‘Rebel,’ will debut at the Venice Biennale, as previously scheduled. (The Independent)

Personal: A recent book taken from Ai Weiwei’s online writings reveals an intimate side of the Chinese artist who has been imprisoned since April. (Los Angeles Times)


New finds: NASA satellite technology has revealed previously unknown sites from ancient Egypt. (Discovery)

Epic: The San Francisco Opera has unveiled its new production of ‘Siegfried,’ part of its new staging of the ‘Ring’ cycle. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Disputed: The descendant of a Jewish Egyptologist who was forced to leave Germany after the Nazis came to power is engaged in a legal battle over his grandfather’s collection of artifacts. (Bloomberg)

Ancient: A 2,000-year old Roman sculpture could sell for $1 million at auction in June. (Reuters)

Poking fun: A theatrical spoof titled ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lights’ will play as part of the 19th annual Young Playwrights Festival in Hollywood. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews ‘Tim Burton’ at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

-- David Ng