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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

January 27, 2009 |  8:14 am

Goyas_colossus-- The Prado Museum in Madrid says Francisco de Goya's "Colossus," right, was really painted by an assistant.

-- The San Francisco Opera announces a scaled-back package of nine opera productions for its 2009-10 season.

-- Financial crisis leads Brandeis University officials to consider closing their Rose Art Museum and selling off their contemporary American art collection.

-- New secretary of the Smithsonian Institution kicks off his tenure by implementing a hiring freeze and budget cuts.

-- Nederlander acquires rights to produce a musical based on Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

-- Heirs of a Jewish banker seek return of a portrait by Oskar Kokoschka hanging in a museum in Ghent, Belgium, that they say the Nazis forced their grandfather to sell.

-- Zaha Hadid Architects reveals images of its tower in Bucharest, Romania.

-- Remember Robert Indiana's "Love" sculpture? Now the artist has created "Hope."

-- David Tennant and Derek Jacobi split honors for best Shakespearean performance in the 20th annual U.K. Critics Circle Theatre Awards.

-- Classical music concertgoing isn't as expensive as you thought.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Prado Museum