Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM EDT

A dancer performs in front of a giant screen during the first performance of Orphee. Photo by Miguel Medina/ AFP/ Getty Images

A dancer performs in front of a giant screen during the first performance of ‘Orphee’, choreographed by Jose Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Performances run through June 19, 2010. Photo by Miguel Medina/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Imprisoned since March, Iranian film director Jafar Panahi (“The White Balloon,” “The Circle”) says he now on a hunger strike to protest his captivity, via BBC. Colleagues like fellow filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who is at the Cannes Film Festival, have spoken out in support of Panahi.

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A D.C. theater has dropped a play about convicted felon Bernie Madoff after Elie Wiesel disputed her depiction of a fictional scene where the writer and Madoff have a conversation, via the Washington Post.

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Caffe Lena, the coffee shop and folk music institution where musicians like Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie and Ani DiFranco all got their start, celebrates its 50th anniversary, via NPR.

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On Wednesday, CBS will announce a new sitcom starring William Shatner, which was inspired by a young man’s Twitter feed of funny (and often obscene) things his father says, via the New York Times.

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Wimbledon has appointed its very first poet to capture the scene at next week’s tennis tournament, via Reuters.

Recently, Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy wrote an ode to soccer player David Beckham.