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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

May 18, 2009 |  9:19 am

Ruined Here we go again: Once again, "Billy Elliot" and Lynne Nottage's play "Ruined" win top honors. This time it's the Drama Desk Awards.

It's mine. No, mine: Dispute over bidding for a 1954 Sam Francis painting between an oil magnate and Eli Broad's Broad Foundation at a Christie's auction goes to court.

What's my line?: Tony-nominated James Gandolfini chokes on stage during a performance of "God of Carnage."

Free Tibet: Performance artist is lining up 1,000 people to participate in a howl of protest at the Tate Modern.

Helping out: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians agree to a 2.5% pay cut and will donate additional services to ensure financial stability amid economic woes.

Seeing the light: Covered for 30 years, medieval paintings depicting Thomas Becket's murder are unveiled in Spain.

Another proposed cut: Schwarzenegger hopes to save as much as $20 million annually by ending the state's involvement in the California Science Center.

No funny business: Chinese city to build a $45-million complex dedicated to Taiwanese cartoonist.

Save the carriage house: Dispute erupts over plan to demolish a building to make way for extension at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Balderdash: Artist David Hockney decries report that boys are turned off by art lessons that are too focused on painting and drawing.

European battle: Norwegian fiddler-singer wins Eurovision singing contest.

Instead of studying: Students at College of William and Mary set record for "Thriller" dance.

Paris in the springtime: Kristin Scott Thomas says she'll appear in the Paris production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

— Lisa Fung 

Photo: Saidah Arrika Ekulona, left, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in "Ruined." Credit: Joan Marcus