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Monster Mash: Altamira caves to reopen despite warnings; Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for sale

June 9, 2010 |  8:09 am

Cave Underground art: Spain's Caves of Altamira -- known as the "Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art" -- will reopen to the public after eight years despite warnings that heat and moisture from visitors could damage the precious bison paintings. (Associated Press)

"Silver Liz:" A 1963 Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor that has been out of public view for more than 20 years is expected to bring up to $12 million at a Christie's auction in London. (Reuters)

Twists and turns: Alan Fletcher, the once-embattled president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, has been offered a two-year contract extension, while Rob LeBuhn, the chairman of the board of trustees, has been replaced. (Aspen Times)

The new Mary Jane? Tony Award nominee Jennifer Damiano is leaving Broadway's "Next to Normal," reportedly to play the hero's love interest in the long-delayed musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."  (New York Times)

Broadway bound: "Rain," a Beatles tribute show, is set to open an 11-week run at the Neil Simon Theatre in October. And Fanny Brice may be returning to the Great White Way in a 2012 revival of the '60s musical "Funny Girl," directed by Bartlett Sher. (Los Angeles Times and New York Times)

Prized page: Frank Frazetta's original 1955 artwork for the cover of Weird Science-Fantasy No. 29 has been sold for $380,000 -- reportedly the highest price paid for a single page of American comic-book art. (Los Angeles Times)

Silverliz Try to remember: A new documentary tracing the half-century history of "The Fantasticks," the world's longest-running musical, will debut on the Ovation network this month. (Playbill)

Creative spirit: More than 600 artists, performers and educators have gathered in Washington for the 2010 International VSA Festival, the world's largest event featuring works created by people with disabilities. (Associated Press)

Actor and acting coach: Stage and screen actor-director Andreas Voutsinas, who also served as a drama coach to Hollywood stars such as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, has died in Athens. (Agence France-Presse)

Expressionist painter: Lester Johnson, who found his subject matter in the joys and sorrows of ordinary people, has died at 91 in Westhampton, N.Y. (New York Times)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews the reality TV show "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" on Bravo; music critic Mark Swed looks at Merce Cunningham's "Roaratorio" at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Mikhail Baryshnikov's guest appearance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at REDCAT.

-- Karen Wada

Top photo: Painting of a large male bison in the Altamira caves. Credit: Pedro A. Saura / Associated Press. Bottom photo: "Silver Liz, 1963" at Christie's. Credit: Katie Collins / Associated Press

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