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Monster Mash: 'Persepolis 2.0' stirs controversy; Royal Opera House wants bloggers; Zeta-Jones could be Broadway bound

August 21, 2009 |  9:03 am


-- Political protest: Two expatriate Iranian comic book artists have updated Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" to reflect the recent election controversies in their home country.

-- Star power: Catherine Zeta-Jones could be headed for Broadway in a new production of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," according to one report.

-- Commemoration: Berliners are being invited to paint on remaining parts of the Wall ahead of the Nov. 9 anniversary of its collapse.

-- New voices: London's Royal Opera House is looking for bloggers to contribute to its website.

-- Thinning the ranks: New York's Whitney Museum of American Art has laid off 4% of its staff in an attempt to reduce costs.

-- Quality entertainment: Times theater critic Charles McNulty appreciates Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."

-- Honored: Pierre Audi, artistic director of the Netherlands Opera, will receive the first Johannes Vermeer Award, a prize presented by the Dutch minister of culture to recognize achievements in the arts.

-- Lawsuit: An art dealer is suing actress Claire Forlani for claiming that he sold her a fake photographic print.

-- Revisions: A new code proposes to change the way Australian aboriginal art is traded.

-- Accident: A man drowned while swimming in a lake that the Indianapolis Museum of Art is developing as part of an art and nature park.

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from the feature-film adaptation of "Persepolis." Credit: Marjane Satrapi / Sony Pictures Classics