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Monster Mash: L.A. Phil single ticket sales; 3 L.A. buildings closer to award; 'Ben Hur' stage show set

August 24, 2009 |  7:40 am

Gustavo Dudamel

-- Lessons learned: Los Angeles Philharmonic braces for demand for single tickets for the 2009-10 season, Gustavo Dudamel's first.

-- Among the best: Three Los Angeles buildings make the short list for World Building of the Year, sponsored by the World Architecture Festival.

-- This qualifies as spectacle: "Ben Hur" stage show, with 400 actors, 46 horses, two donkeys, five falcons, two eagles, two vultures and 120 doves is set to run at London's O2 Arena.

-- From wizard to poet: Michael Gambon is set to star in a new play from Alan Bennett, the playwright's first since "The History Boys," this fall at Britain's National Theatre.

-- Race for preservationists: Alternative plans for Chicago's Olympic Village emerge, but will they be enough to save Walter Gropius buildings from the wrecking ball?

-- Continued support: Siemens, sponsor of Salzburg and Bayreuth music festivals, vows to maintain an  annual budget of $72 million for arts.

-- Familiar names: Martin McDonagh, David Mamet and Tennessee Williams imports are featured in the 2010 season at Mark Taper Forum.

-- Ouch: A Grammy Award-winning opera singer falls off the stage into the orchestra pit during a performance at Glyndebourne Festival.

-- Rough waters: Controversy arises over the planned sale of artworks to raise funds for a Titanic museum.

-- Concessions made: The union representing most New York City Opera artists agrees to a contract with fewer weeks of work and less pay.

-- Fixing up the place: Oakland Museum closed Sunday for eight months for renovations.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times