Monster Mash: Cirque founder gets spacey, makeover for Esa-Pekka, 'Valley Girl,' the musical
-- High-flying Guy: Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to become Canada's first space tourist.
-- Like, totally: "Shrek: The Musical" director Jason Moore signed on to helm a film remake of "Valley Girl" as a musical.
-- NEH nominee: Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach is tapped to head the National Endowment for Humanities.
-- New job, new look: Esa-Pekka Salonen gets a makeover.
-- Reviewing the reviewer: Should critics divulge their political leanings when writing reviews?
-- Star power: Annette Bening takes on "Medea" in UCLA Live season opener.
-- If I were a rich man: French billionaire Francois Pinault opens a new contemporary art museum in Venice.
-- Reality bites: Recession forces cancellation of major art exhibitions around the world.
-- Tracking audiences: LaJolla Playhouse and other theaters take social networking to a new level.
-- Investing in its future: Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives $1 million to be used to raise more money.
-- Copyright suit: Artist Chapman Kelley launches federal appeal over Chicago wildflower artwork.
-- More tragic news: Two more artists among the passengers feared dead in Air France jetliner crash.
-- Puppets make appeal: City Council grants landmark status to Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
-- Beauty in bathrooms: Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Mo., Radio City Music Hall in New York and Tampa Theatre in Florida among contenders for best restroom.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press