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Monster Mash: Stonehenge skeleton from Mediterranean area; Pace Gallery nabs de Kooning

September 30, 2010 |  8:10 am

Stonehenge -- Distant traveler: Scientists have determined that an ancient skeleton buried near Stonehenge in the U.K. came from the Mediterranean area. (BBC News)

-- Abstract expressionist: The Pace Gallery said it has won the rights to the estate of artist Willem de Kooning, which had previously been handled by the Gagosian Gallery. (New York Times)

-- Home at last: The new musical "Catch Me If You Can" will open this spring at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. (Playbill)

-- Local action: A movement is afoot to recall members of the City Council of Aspen, Colo., who approved a lawsuit settlement that paves the way for a new 30,000-square-foot art museum in the city. (Real Aspen)

-- Saving a masterpiece: Britain's National Trust has launched a $4.2-million campaign to spare the 17th century painting "The Procession to Calvary" by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, from the auction block. (Telegraph)

-- Grand reopening: The Morgan Library and Museum’s  McKim, Mead and White building will reopen to the public on Oct. 30 following an extensive renovation. (New York Times)

-- Labor deal: Arizona Opera and its stage employees union have agreed to a new contract that takes them to 2013. (Arizona Daily Star)

-- Unpopular leader: A bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin will be temporarily taken down but will remain at the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia despite widespread opposition. (Roanoke Times)

-- Planning ahead: Chicago's Ravinia Festival announces its 2011 lineup with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Chicago Tribune)

-- And in the L.A. Times: director Arthur Penn, who died this week at 88, has left a memorable Broadway legacy; music critic Mark Swed reviews Piano Spheres season opener.

-- David Ng

Photo: Stonehenge. Credit: Gail Fisher / Los Angeles Times