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Monster Mash: NEA's new program; a change at Warner Bros.

September 15, 2011 |  7:51 am

Warner Bros.

Reaching out: The National Endowment for the Arts is launching a new initiative called ArtPlace to spur various projects across the country. (New York Times)

Reorganization: Warner Bros. has restructured its live-theater division, with Alan Horn overseeing the group's bicoastal presence. (Variety)

Broadway-bound: Producers of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" said the new revival is heading for Broadway, despite rumors that it would close out of town. (Boston Globe)

Public art: A 26-foot-tall sculpture of an elephant balancing on its trunk has taken up residence in New York's Union Square. (NY1)

"Awe-inspiring": Before its Sunday opening at MoMA, "De Kooning: A Retrospective" is getting rave reviews. (New York Times and Associated Press)

Complaining: A group of Utah playwrights has raised objections to the aesthetics of a planned performance space in Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Skeptical: The grandson of Oscar Wilde has problems with a new play that a British theater company is attributing to the famous writer. (The Guardian)

Chosen: Officials have picked a design for the planned Royal Alberta Museum in Canada. (Vancouver Sun)

Rumored: Lynn Nottage's "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" could be headed for a Broadway run. (New York Times)

Security alert: An arts center in Goteborg, Sweden, is believed to have been a recent terrorist target. (NPR)

Branching out: Soprano Renee Fleming, the Chicago Lyric Opera's creative consultant, has announced the company's new partnership with the Merit School of Music. (Chicago Classical Review)

Still popular: Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" recently celebrated its 500,000 audience member. (Broadway World)

And in the L.A. Times: A review of conductor Bramwell Tovey, the L.A. Philharmonic and Master Chorale at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times