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Monster Mash: World Trade Center museum gets a preview; 'Spider-Man' musical to open in December

August 11, 2010 |  8:00 am


-- Nearing completion: Officials have opened the doors for a preview of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that features the remaining foundations of the Twin Towers. (New York Post)

-- Is it for real this time?: The much-delayed "Spider-Man" musical is now set to open on Broadway in late December. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Provocateurs: The Gao brothers continue to make waves in the Chinese art world -- including upsetting government officials. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Legislative wrangling: A bill in New York designed to prohibit cultural institutions from selling artwork from their collections in order to cover operating costs appears to be dead. (New York Times)

-- Celebrity scandal: Fantasia Barrino, the "American Idol" contestant who went on to become a Broadway performer in "The Color Purple," is recovering from an overdose of medication and finds herself in a sex scandal. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Buy it now: An artwork believed to be by Banksy is up for sale on EBay. (Detroit Free Press)

-- New appointment: The Pacific Northwest Ballet has named Emil de Cou as its new maestro. (Seattle Times)

-- Public art: A mural in Staten Island that depicts an apocalyptic scene in New York has been painted over after pressure from firefighters. (New York Times)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: REDCAT will host the U.S. premiere of the Wooster Group's latest stage production.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of workers at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press