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Monster Mash: Crystal Bridges Museum is ready for its close-up

November 11, 2011 |  7:45 am

Crystal Bridges
A new museum:
Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is unveiling the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., on Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

Buying big: The art auctions ended with a flourish as Sotheby's sold $316 million of art, the best result of two weeks of sales and led by a $61.7 million Clyfford Still abstract. (Associated Press)

Sound familiar? An actor making his Broadway debut as Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been injured during a performance but is expected to return to fly again. (Associated Press)

Old is new again: The 207-year old New York Historical Society on Central Park West reopens Friday after a three-year, $65 million renovation. (Associated Press)

Cash poor: The Dallas Symphony could run out of money in 90 days. (

Eastern Standard Time: The New York Times' Roberta Smith reviews a bunch of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. (The New York Times)

Good ol' girl: Actress Holland Taylor has written and will perform a one-woman show about the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards at the Kennedy Center. (

Copter plague: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors wants the feds to help deter helicopters buzzing the Hollywood Bowl during concerts. The Phil says: It's about time. (Los Angeles Times)

Real vs. unreal: The Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts in Moscow is exhibiting a Modigliani painting that at least one Russian art collector concluded is a fake. (The Art Newspaper)

Casting call:Michael O'Keefe and Roger Bart are joining the previously announced Bradley Whitford for Pasadena Playhouse's revival of "Art." (Culture Monster)

Campaign call: Mitt Romney has said that if he is elected president he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Culture Monster)

Passing: Annabelle Lyon, a dancer with Balanchine, has died at 95. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Charles McNulty reviews "Radiance" at the Geffen Playhouse; Charlotte Stoudt reviews "The Language Archive" at East West Players.

-- Kelly Scott and Sherry Stern

Photo: Crystal Bridges Museum. Credit: Danny Johnston/Associated Press