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Monster Mash: Wal-Mart gives to Smithsonian; L.A. OKs some murals

October 26, 2011 |  7:30 am

Wal-Mart is donating $5 million to help build the Smithsonian's planned National Museum of African American History and Culture
A giving mood: Wal-Mart is donating $5 million to help build the Smithsonian's planned National Museum of African American History and Culture, planned for the National Mall. (Associated Press via Washington Post)

Overhaul: The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to draft a new ordinance that would allow some public murals. (Los Angeles Times)

Theatrical genius: A comedy sketch by the late Harold Pinter has been rediscovered after 50 years. (Guardian)

Bucking the trend: Straight plays -- as opposed to musicals -- are having a strong season on Broadway. (New York Times)

Oh, baby: A performance artist who said giving birth is the "highest form of art" has delivered a baby boy -- inside Brooklyn's Microscope Gallery. (Associated Press via the Albany Times Union)

New leader: The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts has named a new director. (Associated Press via Boston Globe)

To forgive is divine: An Italian theater director has responded to protests by Christians against his work by offering to "forgive" the protesters. (Guardian)

Illicit trade: South African museums fear that thieves are selling works of art for scrap. (Associated Press via Washington Post)

Creepy-crawly: A New York artist is creating warnings for buildings infested with bedbugs. (New York Observer)

Also in the L.A. Times: Artist Mark Grotjahn is suing collector Dean Valentine in a battle royal over royalties; the Hollywood Bowl is raising ticket prices slightly for the 2012 season.

-- David Ng

Photo: The National Mall in Washington. Credit: Dennis Cook / Associated Press

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