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Monster Mash: 'Spider-Man' wants critics to wait; Academy of Natural Sciences merging with Drexel

May 20, 2011 |  7:46 am

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Patience, please: Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" are asking critics to withhold reviews of the revised Broadway musical until its new official opening date of June 14. (Entertainment Weekly)

Coming together: The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, the oldest natural history museum in the nation, is merging with Drexel University. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Planning ahead: The Detroit Symphony, having recently recovered from a prolonged musicians strike, has announced its upcoming season. (Detroit Free Press)

Onward and upward: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright who recently worked on revising "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," reportedly will become a writer for "Glee" and take on a remake of "Carrie." (Deadline Hollywood)

New leader: The Frick Collection in New York has named a new director. (New York Times)

Familiar face: Charles Desmarais, the former Laguna Art Museum director, will lead the San Francisco Art Institute. (Los Angeles Times)

Uncertain outlook: Board members of the New York City Opera met Thursday to discuss the future of the financially troubled organization. (New York Times)

Virus concerns: An exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society has caused a smallpox scare when it was discovered that a letter featured in the show contained a possibly infected scab. (Wall Street Journal)

Sold: A 1951 painting by American artist Thomas Hart Benton depicting a massive flood in Kansas and Missouri has gone for nearly $1.9 million at auction. (Associated Press, via CBS News)

Expanding: The founders of the Frieze art fair in London have announced a new Frieze for New York. (The Guardian)

Unconventional: An art show in the Boston area is featuring work by low-income and homeless artists. (Boston Globe)

Also in the L.A. Times: A review of the book "Chasing Aphrodite" by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino.

-- David Ng

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

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