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Monster Mash: 'Spider-Man' musical still drawing big audiences; George Clooney movie to open Venice

June 21, 2011 |  7:45 am


Still a hit: Despite ho-hum reviews, the revised Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" continues to do strong business at the box office, bringing in nearly $1.3 million in the most recent week. (Associated Press)

Political drama: George Clooney's movie "The Ides of March," adapted from the Beau Willimon  stage play "Farragut North," will open the Venice Film Festival in late August. (Variety)

Show of support: The Asia Society in New York is planning an exhibition of photographs by artist Ai Weiwei that he took while living in the East Village in the '80s and early '90s. (New York Times)

Helping hand: Times columnist Steve Lopez checks in with L.A. Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta, who volunteers to help the mentally ill and the homeless. (Los Angeles Times)

Fund-raising: Officials have unveiled a memorial medal that will be sold to raise money for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. (New York Daily News)

Stage legend: "Prince of Broadway," a new revue surveying the work of director Harold Prince, is headed for Broadway in 2012. (Playbill)

Olympic artwork: 12 British artists have been selected to design posters for the 2012 Summer Games as the country seeks to use the events to showcase its cultural heritage. (Reuters)

Chunk of change: The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $40,000 grant to the American Theatre Wing. (Broadway World)

Something borrowed: A Palestinian art academy in the West Bank has put on display a $7-million Pablo Picasso painting on loan from Holland. (Associated Press)

Honored: The Vienna Philharmonic has recognized conductor Zubin Mehta for his 50 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra. (Agence France-Presse, via the Independent)

From the vaults: A look at old soap commercials that director Ingmar Bergman made for Swedish television. (The Atlantic)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the complete "Ring" cycle at San Francisco Opera, and "Il Postino" opens in Paris.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Foxwoods Theatre in New York. Credit: Tina Fineberg / Associated Press