Donations: The Metropolitan Opera raised a record amount of contributions for the fiscal year that ended in July, with preliminary figures showing that the opera raised $182 million. (New York Times)

Trash to Treasure: An alleged art thief in Paris claims says he threw Picasso, Matisse and Leger works in the garbage after he stole them in 2010 from the Paris Museum of Modern Art. (Los Angeles Times)

Accolades: Shirley MacLaine will receive the lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute, which will be presented at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 7. (New York Times)

Life as Art: Brooklyn performance artist Marni Kotak will give birth to her first child within the month in front of an audience at a Brooklyn art gallery. (CNN)

Expansions: The Pennsylvania Ballet plans to break ground on a $17.5 million project that will feature five dance studios and facilities for a soon-to-return School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Disputes: The National Gallery in London is facing the prospect of major strike disruption during November’s Leonardo da Vinci blockbuster exhibition. (Guardian)