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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

December 1, 2008 |  9:36 am


-- Australia remembers Jorn Utzon, the architect best known for his design of the Sydney Opera House, who died Saturday at 90.

-- Today is World AIDS Day, which many museums will mark through A Day Without Art.

-- Obama names team to look into filling cultural leadership positions.

-- The winner of the 2008 Turner Prize, awarded annually to a British artist under 50, will be announced today. Bookies are backing filmmaker Mark Leckey, the only man on the short-list.  UPDATE: Leckey wins the Turner Prize.

-- Broadway producers offer discounts to draw in audiences.

-- New York galleries scale back: "The next party will probably be in my house," one owner says.

-- The reopening of Russia's Bolshoi Theatre has been pushed back to 2011 due to renovation delays.

Shrek-- "Shrek the Musical" sets a box office record before its opening Dec. 14.

-- Tough economic times hit Germany as museums battle for corporate dollars.

-- Conductor Daniel Barenboim makes his Metropolitan Opera debut.

-- The Royal Shakepeare Company's "Hamlet," starring David Tennant, is such a hot ticket that the theater is warning of counterfeits.

-- “Peasant With a Donkey, Pontoise,”  an 1877 painting by Camille Pissarro, sells for a record $580,000 at auction in Israel.

-- What is Frank Gehry's legacy? His most recent projects suggest Gehry's best work today may be his least "Gehryesque."

-- Italian architect Francesco Stella is selected to rebuild Berlin's royal palace.

-- Donatello's "David," newly restored, is unveiled in Italy.

-- Lisa Fung

Top photo: Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. Credit: Mark Baker / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Brian d'Arcy James stars as Shrek. Credit:  Andrew Eccles / Associated Press