The Southland's year in the arts

1 What body part did Steve Wynn plunge into Picasso's "Le Reve"?

His finger

His elbow

His knee

His foot


2 "Jersey Boys," the winner of the 2006 Tony for best musical, had its world premiere at what Southern California theater?

Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.

Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

Pasadena Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse


3 The Griffith Observatory reopened in November after a five-year renovation by Stephen Johnson of Pfeiffer Partners and Brenda Levin. What was the price tag on the project?

$15 million

$38 million

$93 million

$116 million


4 James Conlon was named music director of the Los Angeles Opera, replacing Kent Nagano. Where was Conlon's last major post?

New York Philharmonic

Paris National Opera

Montreal Symphony

Pacific Symphony


5 Ballet Pacifica lost its artistic director after announcing it was canceling its 2006-07 season because of financial woes. Who was that dancer?

Ethan Stiefel

Mark Morris

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Kevin McKenzie


6 Which film star appeared in two major Southern California theatrical productions -- Alfred Uhry's "Without Walls" at the Mark Taper Forum and August Wilson's "Fences" at the Pasadena Playhouse?

Charles Dutton

Denzel Washington

Laurence Fishburne

Taye Diggs


7 Who designed the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center on the UCLA campus?

Richard Meier

Thom Mayne

Frank Gehry

Michael Maltzan


8 James Wood, the new president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, is the institution's first leader with strong art credentials. What museum did he head from 1980 to 2004 before retiring?

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Cleveland Museum of Art

Art Institute of Chicago


9 Which member of the theater troupe Culture Clash was appointed by the mayor to the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission this year?

Richard Montoya

Herbert Siguenza

Ric Salinas


10 Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen recently accepted the position of principal conductor for what orchestra?

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonia Orchestra

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


11 Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are the new artistic directors of what ballet company?

Pacific Northwest Ballet

New York City Ballet

Los Angeles Ballet

San Francisco Ballet



1. His elbow 2. La Jolla Playhouse 3. $93 million

4. Paris National Opera 5. Ethan Stiefel

6. Laurence Fishburne 7. Richard Meier 8. Art

Institute of Chicago 9. Richard Montoya 10. London Philharmonia Orchestra 11. Los Angeles Ballet

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