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Monster Mash: Bryan Cranston joins 'Rock of Ages'; surfing Madonna artwork makes waves in San Diego

May 2, 2011 |  7:45 am

Cranston All-star ensemble: Bryan Cranston will play the mayor of L.A. in the upcoming film version of the musical "Rock of Ages," whose cast already includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige. (Access Hollywood)

Making waves: A piece of street art portraying the Virgin Mary on a surfboard is turning heads in San Diego County. (Los Angeles Times)

Pricey: Going to a museum in the L.A. area is getting more expensive. (Los Angeles Times)

Honored: The off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards bestowed their biggest prizes on the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and the play "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity." (Playbill)

On the move: Artist Shepard Fairey has created an outdoor mural near Chicago's lakefront. (Chicago Tribune)

For sale: The Nippon Music Foundation in Tokyo is auctioning a violin by Antonio Stradivari with proceeds going to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. (Wall Street Journal)

Paying for the arts: A National Endowment for the Arts study shows that Americans spend more on the performing arts in total ticket revenue than on going to the movies, though not as much as on tickets for spectator sports. (Associated Press)

Resigning: Just days after getting started the president of the Dallas Symphony has abruptly announced he is stepping down, citing health concerns. (Dallas Observer)

Wanted: A worker at the Houston Grand Opera has been accused of raping a teen. (Houston Chronicle)

Unwise choice? An artist who once shot a dog as part of an avant-garde art project has been commissioned to create a public sculpture in New York, raising questions about the appropriateness of the selection. (New York Post)

Out: The California Philharmonic has lost its summer home of the last 15 years, the Arboretum in Arcadia, to the Pasadena Pops. (Los Angeles Times)

Passing: Harry Jackson, the artist who created the famed John Wayne sculpture in L.A., has died at age 87. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews Anna Deavere Smith in "Let Me Down Easy" in San Diego; music critic Mark Swed reviews conductor David Afkham and the L.A. Philharmonic.

-- David Ng

Photo: Bryan Cranston. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times