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Monster Mash: Dance at the Music Center; scent of an opera; award for Norman Foster

May 20, 2009 |  9:21 am

Norman Foster --Prestigious honor: Architect Norman Foster wins Spain's Principe de Asturias arts prize.

--We smell a gimmick: French perfume designer creates scents to go with "Green Aria," a performance art piece that will open at the Guggenheim Museum May 31.

--Money cushion: Music Center announces its 2009-10 dance season featuring American troupes.

 --Shutting out playwrights?: If the Tony Award is for best play, why do the producers take the spotlight?

--In need of help: A California arts funding measure reaches a critical point.

--Cute, but can he dance?: "Gossip Girl's" Chace Crawford replaces 'High School Musical's" Zac Efron in remake of "Footloose" film.

--New leadership: Salzburg Festival names Alexander Pereira, currently head of Zurich’s Opernhaus, as its director, starting in 2011.

--We told you so: Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts" goes to Broadway this fall, just as we said it would.

--Makeup optional: David Russo is picked to direct the Blue Man Group movie in IMAX.

--Surprise: Lyric Opera of Chicago is in good financial shape -- but that doesn't mean it's not worried about its future.

--Next project #1: Christopher Hampton ("Les Liaisons Dangereuses") set to write the book for "Rebecca" musical

--Next project #2: Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific") takes on a musical version of Pedro Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

--Honored by their peers: A LACMA exhibition wins an award from the Assn. of Art Museum Curators.

--Former 'Golden Girl': Rue McClanahan to premiere a one-woman show in Chicago.

--Emphasis on arts: Has the time come for a new motto for the NEA?

--Lisa Fung

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