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Monster Mash: Obamas' family portrait; 'Spider-Man' delayed; Will Smith, Jay-Z invest in 'Fela!'

October 23, 2009 |  8:57 am

Obama family portrait

-- Say cheese: The White House has posted a portrait of the first family taken by Annie Leibovitz. (The White House)

-- Another setback: Broadway's new "Spider-Man" musical, featuring songs by Bono and the Edge, is expected to open later than scheduled. (New York Times)

-- Honored: Artist Ryan Trecartin has won the Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- Major investment: Will Smith and Jay-Z are said to be putting in a combined $3 million in the Broadway production of "Fela!" (New York Post)

-- Natural voices: The amplification system used by New York City Opera at its home in Lincoln Center has been removed. (New York Times)

-- Public art: A controversy has erupted over a mural in Washington, D.C., depicting a female African American boxer. (Artnet)

-- Star casting: Eric Bogosian joins the Broadway cast of the coming "Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies. (Variety)

-- Scenes from a real-estate deal: Ingmar Bergman's home on a remote Swedish island has reportedly been sold to a Norwegian businessman. (Associated Press)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight discusses the controversial art at the new LAPD headquarters in downtown. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: The Obamas. Credit: Annie Leibovitz / White House