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Monster Mash: David Bowie denies report that he OK'd musical

November 28, 2011 |  7:51 am

David Bowie may or may not be lending some of his songs to a planned stage production titled "Heroes: The Musical"

Space oddity: Despite a report in the Guardian that David Bowie is lending his songs to a stage production titled "Heroes: The Musical," a statement on the entertainer's website says he has not. (

Still evolving: The creative team behind "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" is considering yearly changes for the Broadway musical. (New York Times)

Rarity: An original, autographed drawing by Walt Disney, believed to have been made about 1920, is set to go up for auction this week. (Associated Press)

Honored: Esa-Pekka Salonen has won the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his Violin Concerto. (Los Angeles Times)

No more kissing: Oscar Wilde's lipstick-covered tomb in Paris has been restored and includes a barrier to discourage tributes by admirers. (The Guardian)

Cirque du museum: The latest creation from Guy Laliberte, a founder of Cirque du Soleil, is  "Aqua: A Journey into the World of Water," at the Australian National Maritime Museum. (The Age)

Eau de theater: The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Fla., has its own smell, called "Coconut Mango." (St. Petersburg Times)

Public performances: About 2,000 young musicians from Venezuela's El Sistema program performed in subway stations around Caracas over the weekend. (Reuters)

Singing nuns: John Patrick Shanley is working to turn his play "Doubt" into an opera. (Playbill)

Innovative thinking: An L.A. architect is working on a new vision for the neighborhood of Inglewood. (Los Angeles Times)

Contenders: The Guggenheim has announced its list of finalists for the 2012 Hugo Boss Prize. (GalleristNY)

Bizarre: A former FBI art-crimes chief is being accused of staging an art heist in order to solve a previous crime. (Telegraph)

Business and pleasure: A look at this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, which kicks off on Dec. 1. (Miami Herald)

Municipal dispute: The city of Santa Fe is ordering a gallery owner to remove outdoor murals she commissioned. (KRQE)

For sale: Art buyers recently lined up for a "secret sale" at the Royal College of Art in London. (Telegraph)

Passing: Director Ken Russell, who often gave music a central role in his movies, has died at age 84.

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA. Philharmonic performing a new piece by Anders Hillborg.

-- David Ng

Photo: David Bowie in 2004. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times