Monster Mash: Dangerous seats at 'Spider-Man'? Munch thieves convicted. Raccoon attack spurs lawsuit.
Caveat emptor: Could it be dangerous to sit in the orchestra section at "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"? (New York Post)
Guilty: A Swedish court has convicted three men of stealing a valuable painting by Edvard Munch from a museum that didn't realize the work was missing. (Associated Press via ABC News)
Passing: Denis Dutton, founder of the Arts & Letters Daily website, has died at age 66, and the fate of the site is uncertain. (Jacket Copy)
Man versus nature: A man who was attacked by an escaped raccoon at the California Living Museum early this year has filed a lawsuit against the institution for negligence. (Bakersfield Californian)
Early demise: Broadway's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" will close earlier than expected, on Jan. 2, three weeks before its scheduled Jan. 23 closing. (Playbill)
Culture where you least expect it: Singapore's Marina Bay Sands casino resort will open its new ArtScience museum -- which will include exhibits on art, science, media, design and architecture -- in February. (Reuters)
Back on stage: John Leguizamo will return to Broadway with his new solo play, "Ghetto Klown." (New York Times)
Money trouble: Louisville Orchestra officials have defended the organization's bankruptcy filing in federal court, rejecting arguments by musicians that the orchestra cover its expenses by tapping into its multimillion-dollar endowment. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Mythical, or not: Kentucky's new creationist theme park, the Ark Encounter, could feature dragons and unicorns. (The Atlantic)
And in the L.A. Times: An urban anthropologist adopts one of the 10-foot terra cotta sculptures that once topped the Richfield Building; jazz artist Jane Monheit and her attempt to escape New York snow.
-- David Ng
Photo: A large advertisement for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" in New York. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press