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Monster Mash: Grammy nominations; museum eyes Occupy Wall Street

December 1, 2011 |  7:59 am


And the nominees are...: The Grammy Award nominations were announced late Wednesday, with categories including classical music, jazz and musical theater albums. (Culture Monster)

And the Oscar?: On the heels of their Grammy nomination, Trey Parker and Robert Lopez talk about the possibility of a film adaptation of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon." (Culture Monster)

Capturing the moment: The National Museum of American History is collecting memorabilia from the Occupy Wall Street protest. (Washington Times)

Speaking up: Stephen Adly Guirgis is upset over the casting of non-Latinos in certain roles in a Hartford production of his play "The Mother--- with the Hat." (New York Times)

Pop icon: A fashion museum in South America has purchased a dress worn by the late pop singer Amy Winehouse. (New York Daily News)

Classical innovation: Scientists have used a series of CT scans to re-create a 307-year-old Stradivarius violin. (NPR)

Star turn: Eric McCormack is joining the Broadway cast of the upcoming production of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man." (Playbill)

Fictional artwork: To please fans of the book "War Horse," a painting of the novel's equine hero has finally been hung in a village hall in England. (Guardian)

Happy feet, too: The Martha Graham Dance Company has launched an online video contest. (Hollywood Reporter)

Global fan base: The musical "American Idiot" will tour Britain in 2012, opening in Southampton in October and ending in London. (Broadway World)

Festival of lights: Maurice Sendak is curating a Hanukkah Lamp Show at the Jewish Museum. (WNYC)

Artwork in a bottle: Britain's National Maritime Museum has launched a fund-raising initiative to buy Nelson's Ship in a Bottle. (Telegraph)

Investing for the future: Sandra Bullock has purchased two more paintings for her young son. (US Weekly)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World," at LACMA and the killer of Bennett Bradley of Hollywood’s Fountain Theatre faces a possible sentence of 16 years to life after his conviction last week for second-degree murder.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel’s Los Angeles Philharmonic iTunes download of Brahms' Fourth Symphony was nominated for a Grammy. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times