Monster Mash: Merce Cunningham dies, starchitect on the brink of insolvency; OCPAC sees drop in revenue, attendance
--End of an era: Legendary contemporary dance choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90.
--Stalled projects: Architect David Adjaye, recently selected to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, fights to stave off insolvency.
--Bad news: Orange County Performing Arts Center sees a huge drop in revenue and attendance.
--Rocking the West End?: Are London transfers in the works for Broadway musicals "Rock of Ages" and "Hair"?
--'A national resource': Prairie Avenue Bookshop, Chicago's noted architecture store, falls victim to economy, Amazon.com.
--Changing jobs: Salzberg Festival artistic director Juergen Flinn opts to leave the post a year early to join Berlin State Opera.
--High hopes: Recession? Apparently not on Broadway, where business is booming and next season could see a $1-billion box office.
--Pioneering performer: Betty Allen, one of the first black opera singers to reach fame on the international stage, dies at 82.
--In demand: Rupert Holmes, book writer for "The First Wives Club," joins the creative team of "Robin and the 7 Hoods," a musical adaptation of the 1964 Rat Pack movie, expected to have a pre-Broadway run on the West Coast.
--Bucking the trend: Despite the troubled economy, Los Angeles-area art galleries are finding ways to expand.
--Keeping deals quiet: Cautious art collectors move away from auction houses in favor of private sales.
--Going viral: Thanks to YouTube and other Internet sites, ukuleles find renewed popularity.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Merce Cunningham. Credit: Oshikazu Tsuno / AFP/Getty Images