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Monster Mash: Painting by possible Jack the Ripper up for sale; Broadway's 'Lion King' musical still has legs

February 23, 2011 |  8:00 am

Lion Creepy: A previously unknown painting by Walter Sickert -- the artist who some believe to be Jack the Ripper -- is heading for auction. (Telegraph)

Still raking it in: "The Lion King" musical, directed by Julie Taymor, beat out newer shows to become the highest grossing show on Broadway last week. (Associated Press)

Brand new: The Getty Museum's recently acquired J.M.W. Turner canvas, "Modern Rome -- Campo Vaccino," will go on display March 8. (Los Angeles Times)

Speaking out: A member of a Russian art group detained since November has lodged a case against Moscow at the European Court of Human Rights. (Reuters, via Los Angeles Times)

Money trouble: Spain's economic crisis has forced Barcelona's Liceu opera house to delay the opening of its 2011-12 season by a month and could lead to temporary layoffs. (Associated Press)

Not impressed: A film and comics critic offers his opinion of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (Indiewire)

High tech: A previously unseen sculpture of famed engineer James Watt, who died in 1819, has been created using 3-D technology and will be exhibited in London. (The Press Association)

Spidey sidekick: An off-Broadway production titled "The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" is aiming to open before Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (New York Times)

Mystery woman: "Ruby," the  woman at the center of a sex scandal involving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, will attend this year's Vienna Opera Ball as the guest of entrepreneur Richard Lugner, replacing actress Bo Derek. (Agence France-Presse)

Also in the L.A. Times: L.A.'s Circus Theatricals is changing its name to New American Theatre; new exhibitions deal with China and its photographic legacy.

-- David Ng

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