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Monster Mash: Staples Center artists finally getting credit; L.A. Drama Critics Circle names winners; Seiji Ozawa cancels appearances until 2012

March 15, 2011 |  7:44 am

Staples Getting their due: Four artists are finally receiving visible credit for their life-size artworks outside  Staples Center. (Los Angeles Times)

Theater nods: The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award winners include Chris Pine for "The Lieutenant of Inishmore,"  Ed Harris for "Wrecks," Gregory Itzin for "King Lear" and Leslie Uggams for "Uptown Downtown." (Los Angeles Times)

Still recovering: Conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is suffering from cancer of the esophagus, has canceled appearances until January 2012. (Agence France-Presse)

Shady past: A profile of L.A. street artist Cristian Gheorghiu, who is facing a legal injunction as his career is taking off. (Los Angeles Times)

Smithsonian show: The controversial National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Hide/Seek” may come to Brooklyn and Tacoma museums. (New York Times)

Lawsuit: An art collector is suing New York's Gagosian Gallery for several million dollars, claiming that the gallery sold him a painting without telling him that it was partly owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (The Independent)

Screen to stage: A planned Broadway run of "The King's Speech" -- the play on which the Oscar-winning movie is based -- wouldn't star Colin Firth or Geoffrey Rush. (Bloomberg)

Contested: The Dallas Museum of Art has been named in a lawsuit seeking to retrieve art willed by Wendy Reves. (Dallas Observer)

Leading role: Producers of the "Rock of Ages" movies have announced a nationwide casting search for the lead role of Drew, played on Broadway and on tour by Constantine Maroulis. (Playbill)

Allegations: A lawyer representing striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony faces embezzlement charges. (Detroit News)

Push and shove: A patron of the Lyric Opera in Chicago was arrested after shoving an usher who refused him reentry to a performance of "Carmen," police said. (Chicago Tribune)

Also in the L.A. Times: Barbra Streisand won't star in a movie version of "Gypsy" after all; cancellations hit Los Angeles Philharmonic.

-- David Ng

Photo: Magic Johnson statue at Staples Center. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times