Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Los Angeles County Museum of Art proposes a merger with financially troubled Museum of Contemporary Art. Director Michael Govan, right, discusses plans.
-- Veteran theater director Peter Brook to step down in 2010 as head of Bouffes du Nord.
-- Gregory Maguire, the author of “Wicked,” writes an original Christmas tale for NPR, scheduled to air in three parts starting today.
-- International arts festivals brace for cost cuts amid recession fears.
-- "Skin Deep," a new operetta about cosmetic surgery, set to open in London.
-- Iraqi officials seize ancient artifacts, some looted from Iraq's National Museum, which smugglers intended to take out of the country.
-- London website launches a theater ticket resale service.
-- "Empire the Musical," a show about the creation of the Empire State Building that had a run in L.A. in 2003, builds a case for a Broadway run.
-- Frank Gehry recommits to Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.
-- Should theater bloggers be considered equals to print critics? Debate rages over theater Critic-O-Meter.
-- Marilyn Monroe photographs, taken for Vogue magazine, sell at auction for $150,000.
-- Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys") is set to star opposite Helen Mirren in "Phedre" at London's National Theatre.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times