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Monster Mash: Da Vinci works coming soon; Merce Cunningham remembered; China learns to love 'Turandot'

July 28, 2009 |  8:43 am

-- Artistic trove: A large collection of Leonardo da Vinci's writings and drawings from the Codex Atlanticus will go on display for the first time, in September in Milan, Italy.

-- Recalling a great artist: Times music critic Mark Swed remembers dance legend Merce Cunningham. So do Cunningham's friends and colleagues.

-- Finding parallels: Times art critic Christopher Knight takes a closer look at the controversy surrounding the Rose Art Museum.

-- Changing its tune: China has done an about-face concerning Puccini's "Turandot," which was once widely despised for its depiction of Asian characters.

-- C'est la fin: France's Gamma photo agency is experiencing a financial crisis and could shut down soon.

-- Under the stars: A new annual outdoor concert bringing together science and music is planned for the Griffith Observatory.

-- Peeved: Angry theatergoers demanded refunds Sunday when Topol unexpectedly pulled out of a matinee performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Pantages.

-- Celebrity art: A large sand sculpture of Michael Jackson is attracting attention at a Berlin shopping mall.

-- Stage tunes: The cast album of Broadway's "9 to 5," featuring songs by Dolly Parton, hits stores today.

-- Hie thee hence: Shakespeare's Globe is returning to Southern California this fall as part of a new U.S. tour.

-- Passing: Arts philanthropist George Weissman, who once headed tobacco giant Philip Morris, has died at age 90.

-- David Ng

Photo: A drawing from the Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci. Credit: Biblioteca Ambosiana, Milan / Fine Arts Reproduction