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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

March 20, 2009 |  8:09 am


--Designer sale: Versace art sale in London beats estimates, brings in $10.5 million.

--Paying tribute: Liam Neeson and friends gather as Broadway pays tribute to actress Natasha Richardson. Friends in Hollywood and Britain remember the actress, who died Wednesday after a ski accident.

--Tough times for starchitects: Spain's long-running love affair with cutting-edge architecture ends as high-profile projects from the world's greatest architects are scrapped.

--Bad news in Minneapolis: Economic concerns prompt Minnesota's Children's Theatre Company to cut budget, salaries.

--Is it or isn't it?: Experts challenge claim that 17th century portrait depicts William Shakespeare.

--Castoff picked up: "Prima Donna," an opera by the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, is to have its world debut in Manchester after being turned down by the New York Metropolitan Opera. 

--What recession?: Broadway thrives despite recession, with theaters booked, minimal box office dropoff, film and television stars on marquees.

--Escape from crime on the streets: In Tijuana, opera offers a refuge from violence.

--The "Mac or PC?" guy: Justin Long joins Evan Rachel Wood in Raleigh, N.C., production of "Romeo & Juliet"

-- Lisa Fung

Caption: Art and furniture owned by the late designer Gianni Versace sold at auction for about $10.5 million. Credit: Andy Rain / EPA