Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Good news for a change: Shepard Fairey's Obama poster designs win the 2009 Brit Insurance Design of the Year award.
-- Range of talent: Charles McNulty remembers the daring choices made by actress Natasha Richardson, 45, who died Wednesday of injuries suffered in a ski accident.
-- Honoring the actress: Broadway to dim its lights tonight at 8 in memory of Richardson, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in 1998 in "Cabaret."
-- Hoping to swipe him away: Rome Opera extends an offer to Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director designate Riccardo Muti.
-- Recuperating in hospital: Actor Stacy Keach suffers a mild stroke. No word on when he'll return as Richard Nixon, in the touring production of "Frost/Nixon" at the Ahmanson Theatre.
-- Objection: City of Chicago challenges appellate court's ruling on "vagueness" of historic landmark law.
-- Pot of gold: James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, wins a $1-million tax ruling in Germany.
-- "Homophobic" environment?: ACLU sues high school in Orange County over cancellation of student production of "Rent."
-- Big move: Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" moves from Berkeley Rep to Broadway.
-- Two Santa Monica buildings nominated for landmark status.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Shepard Fairey in his Echo Park studio. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press