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Monster Mash: Attending cultural events can be good for health; same 'Wicked' song on 'Glee' and Oprah

May 25, 2011 |  7:50 am

Applause Ovation: A new study shows that attending cultural events -- including art exhibitions, classical concerts and theater -- is linked to better health and well-being. (BBC News)

Coincidence?: The season finale of "Glee" and Oprah Winfrey's final show featured performances of the same song from the musical "Wicked." (Associated Press)

New digs: New York's Whitney Museum of American Art has broken ground at its new home in downtown Manhattan. (NY1)

Star power: Juliette Binoche and Cate Blanchett will star in stage productions next year as part of the Olympic celebration at the Barbican arts center in London. (The Guardian)

Payday: The salaries of some of New York City Opera's top leaders have been revealed. (Bloomberg)

Game over: The National Pinball Museum in Washington is set to close just five months after opening its doors. (Washington Post)

Roots: A museum in Moscow is exploring the Jewish heritage of Vladimir Lenin. (Associated Press, via USA Today)

In the black: The Lyric Opera of Chicago dips into a reserve fund in order to break even. (Chicago Tribune)

Busted: The graffiti artist known as Meno has been arrested in Anchorage. (Anchorage Daily News)

Benefactor: The Guild Hall on Long Island announced that Alec Baldwin has given $250,000 to help complete the capital campaign for its recent renovation. (East Hampton Star)

And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed on the memorial concert for the late composer Daniel Catán; art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Michael McMillen: Train of Thought" at the Oakland Museum of California.

-- David Ng

Photo: The audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times