Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
--The Los Angeles art community remembers Michael Crichton the collector.
--Shakespeare Festival /LA will honor Australian film director Baz Luhrmann and two others with a Crystal Quill Award for their contributions to arts education.
--A rare, recently restored "klezmer" violin will be heard for the first time in the U.S. and for one of the first times since WWII, in a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra program to commemorate 70 years since Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass").
--The National Park Service has agreed to delay demolition of Richard Neutra's 1961 cyclorama building at Gettysburg National Military Park in Philadelphia.
--Citing concerns about the economy, the St. Louis Art Museum announced today that it will delay its plans for a $125-million expansion, designed by London-based architect David Chipperfield.
--Charity leaders can expect the Obama administration to push for changes in the federal tax structure that could spur giving.
--William Petersen, star of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," begins performances today in Chicago in Conor McPherson's "Dublin Carol."
--The New Museum in New York unveils a new oil painting of Michelle Obama by artist Elizabeth Peyton.
--The Public Theater’s acclaimed revival of "Hair" will open at Broadway’s Hirschfeld Theatre in March 2009.
--Bidding remains sparse at New York auction houses, further underscoring the effect of the global financial crisis on the art market.
--New York's Playwrights Horizons receives a record $2-million programming grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Photo: Michael Crichton. Credit: Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times