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Monster Mash: King Tut's grandfather; celeb presenters on Broadway; Moss and Misha

March 2, 2010 |  9:11 am

Getprev-5 Big dig: The remarkably well-preserved head of a huge 3,000-year-old statue of Amenhotep III -- the grandfather of Tutankhamen (aka King Tut) -- has been recovered from an excavation in Luxor, Egypt. (Independent)

Marquee names: Elton John, Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lily Tomlin are among Broadway's growing number of celebrity presenters -- stars who use their cachet to give shows a boost at the box office. (New York Times)

Overload: Speaking of Sir Elton, so many fans tried to buy tickets to "Love Lies Bleeding" -- the Alberta [Canada] Ballet's new show featuring his music -- that the dance company's website temporarily crashed. (Calgary Herald)

Pas de deux: Supermodel Kate Moss is planning to star -- and dance -- with ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov in a short film made by choreographer and director Michael Clark. (Daily Mail)

On the road: After an opening-night gala with soprano Jessye Norman, the San Francisco Symphony's 2010-11 season will include two European tours, including a three-week swing in May. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Southern exposure: An estimated 5,200 people posed naked on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to have their pictures taken by American artist Spencer Tunick. (Times of London)

Independent spirit: Bernard Coutaz, founder of the venerable classical music label Harmonia Mundi, has died at 87 in Arles, France. (Associated Press)

And in the L.A. Times: Muralist Richard Wyatt reconnects with a piece from his past at UCLA; making music -- not just listening to it -- helps build brain power.


-- Karen Wada


Above: The 3,000 year-old red granite head of King Amenhotep III that was discovered at the site of his funerary temple in Luxor. Credit:  AFP/Getty Images/


 
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