Monster Mash: Cirque founder sues; arts audience declining; more on OCMA art sale; new Mahler blog
--Controversy continues: Director of Laguna Museum of Art seeks chance to acquire plein air paintings quietly sold by OCMA to a private collector.
--Bad news, good news: Audience for the arts continues to decline, but the Internet offers hope, according to study by the National Endowment for the Arts.
--Unflattering depiction: Cirque du Soleil founder sues to halt bio depicting him as a bed-hopping scoundrel with an inexhaustible appetite for sex, drugs, and a rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
--Moving east: Erik Ehn leaving CalArts to head playwriting program at Brown University.
--Angry over job loss: Architect Richard Rogers claims "abuse of power" and "unconstitutional" behavior by Prince Charles in London residential project.
--Big-name directors: Film director Jonathan Demme and Tony-winner Joe Mantello to stage shows at MCC Theater.
--Flat-out change: Site of architect Norman Foster's planned 118-floor Russia Tower in Moscow now set to become a parking lot.
--This is a publicity stunt: Edinburgh Fringe announces contest for best publicity stunt.
--Looking for laughs: John Leguizamo hits the road with tour of "John Leguizamo Live!"
--More on Twitter: The venerable Royal Shakespeare Company starts Twittering. (Shameless plug: Follow us on Twitter: @culturemonster)
-- Lisa Fung
Caption: Bolton Colburn, director of Laguna Museum of Art, in 1998 photo. Credit: Los Angeles Times