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Monster Mash: Revised 'Spider-Man' features many alterations; Outer Critics Circle winners announced; Michael Govan's plans for LACMA

May 16, 2011 |  7:50 am


Makeover: A rundown of changes in the revamped version of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (Entertainment Weekly)

New York's finest: The 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Broadway and off-Broadway theater were announced Monday; winners included "War Horse" for outstanding new Broadway play and "The Book of Mormon" for outstanding new Broadway musical. (Playbill)

Looking ahead: An in-depth interview with Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Los Angeles Times)

Contact: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been imprisoned for more than a month, was recently allowed a visit from his wife. (Associated Press)

Feud with Russia: A decades-long dispute between Russia and an Orthodox Jewish group over ownership of holy texts has jolted the U.S. art world, threatening an end to major cultural loans between the two countries. (Associated Press)

Better late ... : A recent performance of "Die Walküre" at the Metropolitan Opera -- which was being broadcast live to cinemas -- was delayed for 45 minutes due to a technical glitch. (New York Times)

Corruption?: Controversy comes calling on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Gift: Bank of America is donating $1 million to the Miami Art Museum. (Miami Herald)

Rescued: The Sacramento Opera's 2011-12 season has been saved by a last-minute response from donors. (Sacramento Bee)

Inappropriate?: A planned charity sale of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's paintings is under fire from the same crime-victims group that is supposed to benefit from the proceeds. (CNN)

War of words: A review of the Oregon Symphony by a critic for the New York Times has drawn some heat. (The Oregonian)

Speaking out: A Broadway musicians union is upset over the use of recorded music in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the big changes coming to Exposition Park; Mark Swed reviews the premiere of Trimpin's opera at Stanford University; Los Angeles Ballet debuts its "Giselle," plus a Tony Awards Cheat Sheet.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Foxwoods Theatre in New York, home to "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Credit: Tina Fineberg / Associated Press