Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
--Pasadena Playhouse and newcomer Ebony Repertory Theatre collaborate on a production of "Crowns."
--Spike Lee debuts his film documentary of the Broadway musical "Passing Strange" at Sundance.
--Reprise dumps "Chess" in favor of "The Fantasticks."
--Placido Domingo helps to reopen New Orleans' Mahalia Theatre.
--Video artist Bill Viola creating two permanent installations for St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
--Artistic directors from Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group and Pasadena Playhouse defend the need for theater critics.
--Vladimir Putin's first painting sells for $1.14 million at a charity auction in his native St. Petersburg.
--Barack Obama's half-brother performs in China to raise money for orphans.
--Vietnamese Americans protest art exhibit in Santa Ana.
--Philadelphia Orchestra deals with leadership gap as the organization faces gloomy financial future.
--Yo-Yo Ma plans to play a cello specially designed to withstand the cold during inauguration performance.
--Los Angeles County Museum of Art cautiously makes plans amid tough economic climate.
-- Lisa Fung
Top photo: Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: Barack Obama's half-brother, Mark Ndesandjo, performs to raise money for Chinese orphans. Credit: Kin Cheung / Associated Press