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Monster Mash: CTG cuts 10% of staff; Obamas plan 'music academy'; Eli Broad on the art market; 'Oleanna' to Broadway?

June 12, 2009 |  9:10 am


--Good news: Broadway eyes David Mamet's "Oleanna." Here's what the critics say about the play, now at the Mark Taper Forum.

--Bad news: Center Theatre Group -- Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre -- cuts 10% of its staff.

--Arts for the kids: The Obamas open their house (yes, the White House) to 150 kids for a music session with Wynton Marsalis.

--Moving up: Bill T. Jones' "Fela!" musical about African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kut is set to open on Broadway on Nov. 23.

--End is near?: Eli Broad says the decline in the art market has "leveled out."

--Landmark status: Seven sites significant to L.A.'s African American community are placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

--Under cover: Secretive artist Banksy takes over museum in England for his largest exhibition ever.

--High-flying costs?: Is the reported $40 million budget still rising for the Julie Taymor-Bono/Edge musical "Spider-Man: Turn Out the Dark."

--Looking to the future: Arts leaders gather in L.A. for town hall meeting, featuring Americans for the Arts leader. 

--Lawsuit in the works?: Poison singer Bret Michaels says Tonys would have cared more about injuries had he been Liza, Elton or Dolly. 

--Visiting Scotland: Edvard Munch's "The Scream" to go on view in Glasgow.

--Award time: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen honored for "adventurous programming."

--Controversial work: Caryl Churchill's new play "Seven Jewish Children" is staged in Tel Aviv.

--Lisa Fung

Caption: Julia Stiles and Bill Pullman in "Oleanna" at the Mark Taper Forum. Credit: Barbara Davidson