Monster Mash: Paintings seized at Art Basel Miami; Serra sculpture saved; Chinese authorities close 'M. Butterfly'
-- Legal battle: U.S. Marshals have seized paintings at Art Basel Miami as part of an insurance dispute between two dealers. (Bloomberg)
-- Saved: A township in Canada has decided to grant heritage status to a large-scale outdoor sculpture by Richard Serra, pictured. (Globe and Mail)
-- Gender-bender: Chinese authorities have closed a Shanghai production of David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" on the grounds that the production didn't have a proper license. (Playbill)
-- Theatrical innovation: A London theater has launched a social networking site that allows playwrights to post their manuscripts online. (The Stage)
-- More labor unrest: A looming musicians strike threatens the opening night at Chicago's Lyric Opera. (Chicago Tribune)
-- Honored: The cast albums for Broadway's "9 to 5," "Hair," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Shrek the Musical" and "West Side Story" received Grammy nominations in the best musical show album category. (Playbill)
-- In with the old: Hong Kong artists are trying to preserve the once popular art of Cantonese Opera. (Reuters)
-- And in the L.A. Times: Film composer Thomas Newman pens a new work for the L.A. Philharmonic; theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Cate Blanchett; an artist weighs in on the healthcare debate with a sculpture.
-- David Ng
Photo: Richard Serra. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times