Monster Mash: LACMA, new movie museum; La Plaza de Cultura in trouble

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Art of cinema: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on a new movie museum in the LACMA West building. (Los Angeles Times)

Money trouble: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown L.A. faces serious financial and organizational obstacles. (Los Angeles Times)

Stalled, again: More details have emerged about the latest setback for the planned Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz)

Generous: Actor Denzel Washington has donated $2 million to his alma mater, Fordham University in New York, to endow its first professorship in theater. (New York Times)


Kaput: An expensive new arts center in Aviles, Spain, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, has abruptly closed its doors. (The Guardian)

Outreach: The L.A. Philharmonic is launching a music education initiative with Bard College and the Longy School of Music. (Los Angeles Times)

Out: Brooke Shields won’t be transferring to Broadway with the musical ‘Leap of Faith.’ (Playbill)

Scenic: The nearly three-mile section of Santa Monica Boulevard running through West Hollywood has been named a ‘Great Street’ for 2011 by the American Planning Assn. (Los Angeles Times)

Free: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has opened access to 10,000 images from its collections so that the public can download them at no charge and without copyright restrictions. (Baltimore Sun)

Skeptic: Famed artist Gerhard Richter has called the art market ‘daft’ and likened it to the current banking crisis. (Reuters)

Bleeding money: Vancouver Opera finds itself $1.4 million in the red for the most recent fiscal year. (Vancouver Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty analyzes the work of British theater director Nicholas Hytner.

-- David Ng