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Monster Mash: Obama bestows National Medal of Arts; James Levine resigning from Boston Symphony

March 3, 2011 |  7:45 am


Executive recognition: President Obama honored 20 people Wednesday with the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal. (ABC News)

Resigning: Conductor James Levine will step down as music director of the Boston Symphony as a result of ongoing health problems. (Wall Street Journal)

Pressure's on: Julie Taymor admits to feeling the heat on Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (The Wrap)

Visionary: Filmmaker and Monty Python veteran Terry Gilliam is set to direct Berlioz's "The Damnation of Faust" at the English National Opera. (Hollywood Reporter)

Not authentic: A representative for Banksy said the street artist was not responsible for a mural that appeared Friday on the wall of an Oceanside restaurant, Bull Taco. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

New job: David Sefton, who left his job at UCLA Live last year, will become the head of the Adelaide Festival in Australia. (Los Angeles Times)

Almost there: Renovations are nearing completion on Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theatre. (Agence France-Presse)

Dance piece: Twyla Tharp will create a new work for the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to premiere in October. (Chicago Tribune)

Honored: Katori Hall is the winner of the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play "Hurt Village." (Playbill)

Also in the L.A. Times: "American Idiot" will make its L.A. debut at the Ahmanson Theatre in March 2012; music critic Mark Swed reviews the Israel Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

-- David Ng

Photo: President Obama awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts to musician Van Cliburn during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. Credit: Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images