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Monster Mash: Pee-wee plans a comeback; Green Day begins rehearsals; Juliette Binoche dances; Mona Lisa attacked

August 11, 2009 |  8:43 am

-- He's back: Pee-wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, is returning to the spotlight in a new stage production opening in November at the Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood.

-- Cognitive dissonance: LACMA has killed its weekend film program, but its staff is apparently getting a brand new parking lot.

-- Everyone's a critic: A visitor at the Louvre in Paris threw a ceramic mug at Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." The painting was reportedly undamaged.

-- Courageous: Despite negative reviews, Juliette Binoche will bring her dance production "In-I" to the Brooklyn Academy of Music starting Sept. 15 as part of the New Wave Festival.

-- More serious: Brian d'Arcy James ("Shrek: The Musical") will join Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone in the cast of Donald Margulies' Broadway-bound "Time Stands Still," which opened at the Geffen Playhouse.

-- Intimate details: An in-depth look into the FBI file of composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein.

-- Dramatic gesture: The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., will open a new-play institute thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

-- Rock on: Green Day begins rehearsals at Berkeley Repertory for its new musical "American Idiot."

-- This old house: A private group is putting together an $18-million plan to renovate the last standing hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright , located in Mason City, Iowa.

-- Checkout time: A hotel in Berlin is letting painters, sculptors and other creative types to pay their bills with works of art.

-- David Ng
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