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Monster Mash: Natural History Museum's new $13-million project; more Dennis Hopper art for sale

January 5, 2011 |  7:59 am

Hopper Major project: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is planning to build a $13-million entry pavilion that will feature its 63-foot-long fin whale skeleton. (Los Angeles Times)

Cultural rebel: More artwork from the collection of the late Dennis Hopper is scheduled to hit the auction block next week. (Associated Press)

Catching up: U2’s Bono, who co-wrote the score for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," saw the Broadway musical for the first time on Tuesday night. (New York Times)

Back to Broadway: Julia Stiles has joined the upcoming Broadway production of Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig." (Playbill)

More health problems: Conductor Seiji Ozawa, who has been fighting cancer, has cancelled concerts in Japan due to scheduled surgery later this month for a back problem. (Agence France-Presse)

Major museum: Madrid's Prado Museum said that attendance was down slightly last year, with approximately 2.7 million visitors in 2010, versus 2.8 million the previous year. (Art Daily)

New job: Lindsay Pollock, a reporter for Bloomberg, has been named editor in chief of Art in America magazine. (New York Times)

Shutting down: The Baltimore-based American Opera Theater will likely close after the current season. (Baltimore Sun)

Stepping in: Tony-winning actor Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who starred in the original Broadway production of "Rent," will join the cast of the current revival of "La Cage aux Folles." (Theatermania)

New name: The Women’s History Museum and Educational Center near San Diego has announced a name change to the Women’s Museum of California. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Also in the L.A. Times: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art reports that attendance in 2010 rose by more than 9% over 2009; conductor Gustavo Dudamel appears on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

-- David Ng

Photo: A 1990 portrait of "Easy Rider" actor Dennis Hopper by photographer Victor Skrebenski that will go on sale by Hopper's estate during a two-day auction of his collection at Christie's next week. Credit: Associated Press