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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

May 14, 2009 |  8:47 am

Los Angeles Coliseum

--Desperate measures? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes sale of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a National Historic Landmark, to raise money for cash-strapped California.

--Extending his contract: Simon Rattle signs on to stay with Berlin Philharmonic through 2010.

--On the road again: Heart surgery complete, Robin Williams says he'll resume plans for one-man show "Weapons of Self-Destruction" in September.

--Upbeat sale: "Beverly Hills Housewife," David Hockney's painting of Los Angeles arts patron Betty Freeman, sells at auction for a record $7.9 million.

--Money problems: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra drops plans for $300-million Santiago Calatrava-designed Symphony Center.

--Big project: Daniel Libeskind wins competition to design master plan for 34-million-square-foot, $20-billion riverfront development district in Seoul, South Korea.

--Praise for nominee: Heady expectations for Rocco Landesman, the commercial theater producer tapped by President Obama to head the National Endowment for the Arts.

--But then again: Can Landesman make the NEA relevant again?

--Under pressure: Just in time for the opening of the new Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago lowers admission price.

--Lisa Fung

Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times