Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- The perils of breaking tradition: Chicago director Mary Zimmerman is greeted with boos at the Metropolitan Opera. Of course, many also hiss at Achim Fryer and his Los Angeles Opera "Das Rheingold" vision (see comments).
-- Listen up: Why the arts are needed in these times of economic depression.
-- It took a study to figure this out?: Arts groups take the biggest hit as corporations and the rich individuals donate less to nonprofits.
-- Never again: Juliette Binoche, on tour with "In-I," her dance collaboration with Akram Khan, says she'll never do another show like this.
-- Rumor has it: Yet another new Cirque du Soleil show? Maybe. This one reportedly starting in Chicago.
-- Do you like Terrence McNally?: Washington's Kennedy Center announces a new season of the familiar and the new.
-- Shuffle for space: Prado Museum reorganizes it permanent collection and is able to expand.
-- Show me the money: NEA releases guidelines for stimulus grants.
-- Big bucks, big sculpture: At $25 million, Jeff Koons' "Train" for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sets a record.
-- Survival guide: How are architects dealing with the recession?
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Florez in Vincenzo Bellini's "La Sonnambula" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Credit: Stephen Chernin / Associated Press