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Monster Mash: Marilyn Monroe photos for sale; 'American Idiot' gets a boost; John Lennon Museum to close

February 5, 2010 |  8:59 am


-- Star power: Rarely seen photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken nine months before she died are up for sale. (Reuters)

-- Through the roof: Ticket sales for the Broadway engagement of Green Day's "American Idiot" get a big lift following a performance on the Grammy telecast. (New York Post)

-- Imagine: The John Lennon Museum, located near Tokyo, is scheduled to close when its deal with Yoko Ono expires. (Agence France Presse)

-- Friendly bet: Two U.S. museums are wagering the loan of paintings on the outcome of the Super Bowl on Sunday. (BBC News)

-- This old house: Egypt unveils renovations at what is believed to be the oldest Christian monastery in the world. (Associated Press)

-- Looking likely: David Mamet's 1977 play "A Life in the Theater" appears headed to Broadway in the fall. (Playbill)

-- Backstage drama: Fabio Luisi, general music director of the Saxon State Opera, has abruptly resigned,  leaving the company without a conductor for its production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. (New York Times)

-- Still apathetic: Members of Generation X don't appear to be taking an interest in classical music as they move well into middle age and beyond. (New Yorker)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said it has raised $250 million toward a $480-million campaign to expand the museum; longtime leaders of South Coast Repertory are stepping down.

-- David Ng

Photo: Marilyn Monroe as captured by photographer Len Steckler in December 1961. Credit: PR Newswire