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Monster Mash: Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower approved; NEA funding boost; Michael Jackson museum?

October 29, 2009 |  9:01 am

Nouvel -- Reaching for the sky: A new tower, pictured, for the Museum of Modern Art designed by Jean Nouvel has received approval from New York's City Council. (Associated Press)

-- Budget bill: Congressional negotiators have approved a spending bill that would set the 2010 budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $167.5 million each. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

-- If you build it...: Michael Jackson's father and the mayor of Gary, Ind., want to build a museum honoring the late pop star in his hometown. (CNN)

-- Protest: An advocacy group for blind and deaf actors disapproves of the casting of Abigail Breslin in the upcoming Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker." (New York Times)

-- Large-scale effort: Canada is launching a nationwide cultural campaign designed to increase awareness of the arts. (The Globe and Mail)

-- Mysterious smile: A giant reproduction of the "Mona Lisa" goes on display in a shopping center in Wales. (BBC News)

-- Salvageable: Architect Ole Scheeren said that the part of Beijing's CCTV building that was damaged in a fire earlier this year can be repaired and doesn't need to be torn down. (Associated Press)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Photographer Roy DeCarava passed away in New York at age 89. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: A rendering of architect Jean Nouvel's tower for MoMA. Credit: Atelier Jean Nouvel / Associated Press