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February 17, 2009 |  8:46 am

French_spiderman_alain_roberts_2--In the latest example of "buildering," French daredevil Alain Roberts scales a skyscraper in Hong Kong to protest global warming.

--The Florida Grand Opera decides against renewing its music director's contract.

--A luxury hotel atop an oil rig? Morris Architects offers up an award-winning design.

--Chinese contemporary art prices are expected to fall as economic uncertainty continues.

--Five British playwrights are nominated for the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female playwrights.

--Baring heart and soul for Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty" Broadway ad campaign.

--Do Chicago's plans for the 2016 Olympic Village lack creative sparkle?

--The Michael Jackson tribute musical "Thriller Live" is extended in London.

--More for fans of Michael Jackson: a sneak peek at artwork and other items belonging to the singer set to be auctioned in April.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Alain Robert, known as the French Spider-Man, scaled one of Hong Kong's tallest skyscrapers in what he said was an effort to draw attention to global warming. Credit: Mike Clarke / AFP / Getty Images