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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

February 9, 2009 |  8:10 am


--Los Angeles Opera's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" wins Grammy Awards for best classical and best opera recordings, and L.A. pianist Gloria Cheng wins instrumental soloist.

--Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles to star in a revival of David Mamet's "Oleanna" at the Mark Taper Forum.

--Another appeal for Congress to support the arts, following Senate votes to eliminate arts funding from economic stimulus bill.

--Why a White House-based arts czar is a good idea.

--Neighbors protest Museum of Tolerance's plans for a 28,000-square-foot expansion.

--Broadway cast recording of "In the Heights" wins a Grammy Award.

--Westminster Abbey plans to open up secret attic -- but how will visitors get there?

--Broadway audience gives Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger a standing ovation at "South Pacific."

--Cyprus authorities believe they have found an ancient version of the Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus.

--Insurance concerns may mean loss of five portraits from Tate Museum's Van Dyck exhibition.

--Director Werner Herzog discussing his short film of Puccini's "La Bohème," set in Ethiopia.

--Lisa Fung

Caption: Patti LuPone, Anthony Dean Griffey and Audra McDonald in the Los Angeles Opera's "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny."

Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times