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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

February 5, 2009 |  8:35 am

Shepardfaireyandhishope_4--Associated Press hopes for money and credit for Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster.

--Rude Guerrilla Theatre in Santa Ana is disbanding next month, eight months earlier than previously announced.

--Balanchine-trained dancer Darci Kistler announces plans to retire from New York City Ballet.

--Claude Monet painting of his wife, Camille, sells at auction for $16.2 million, well below its estimate.

--Critics question whether the economic stimulus bill will create jobs in the arts.

--Rolando Villazon drops out of Metropolitan Opera's simulcast performance of "Lucia di Lammemoor."

--Who deserves a spot alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Densch and Peggy Ashcroft in the Shakespeare Hall of Fame?

--Broadway's "Shrek" having a monster of a problem pulling in the green.

--"British invasion" on Broadway finds  critical praise and commercial success.

--During financially tough times, less could be more at the opera.

--Shhhh--new directive urges museum staffers to stop "shushing" children.

--Lisa Fung

Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press