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Monster Mash: Christie’s auction breaks record; 'Spider-Man' suit

November 9, 2011 |  7:30 am


Auction turnaround: Christie's sold 82 works of art for $247.59 million on Tuesday, including a world auction record of $43.2 million for Pop Art by Roy Lichtenstein. (New York Times)

Turn on the lawyers: Director Julie Taymor, who was fired as the creative leader of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," has sued the show's producers. (Los Angeles Times)

Mother's pain: The mother of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has accused officials of hounding her son, describing their approach as "creepy, crooked, evil." (Guardian)

Saving the day: Grants for the Arts -- a program funded by a small surcharge on every hotel bill -- is  keeping San Francisco culture afloat. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Taking a stand: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art did something unusual: It effectively came out in favor of marriage equality. (Modern Art Notes)

New festival: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is announcing its first "Off Center Festival"  with minimalism and eclecticism among the creative approaches. (Los Angeles Times)

Musically minded: Conductor Mark Wigglesworth on what makes some works more popular than others. (Gramophone)

Cheers: Who are the most influential people in London theater, dance, and art and design? (London Evening Standard)

Up and comers: Annaleigh Ashford and MJ Rodriguez of "Rent," Jennifer Damiano of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and Josh Grisetti of "Enter Laughing" are finalists for the Clive Barnes Award. (Playbill)

New world: Four ways that YouTube has changed Broadway. (Mashable)

Also in the L.A. Times: A review of "Hope: Part II of a Mexican Trilogy" at Los Angeles Theater Center, and catching up with computer music pioneer Carl Stone.

-- Sherry Stern

Image: "I Can See the Whole Room … and There's Nobody in It!" (1961) by Roy Lichtenstein sold for a record $43.2 million. Credit: Christie's

Fifty years ago this fall, San Francisco leaders got a novel idea to put a small surcharge on every hotel bill to fund city arts programs. Grants for the Arts