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Monster Mash: Scorsese rages against LACMA; Shepard Fairey discusses Wall Project; Michael Jackson portrait on display

August 13, 2009 |  9:06 am

-- Raging cinephile: In an open letter, Martin Scorsese urges LACMA to reconsider the fate of its 40-year-old film program.

-- Pop stars: Andy Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson, created in 1984, is set to go on view in L.A. today as part of an auction.

-- Public art: Shepard Fairey discusses details about L.A.'s planned Wall Project, which will honor the fall of the Berlin Wall.

-- No joke: Yale University Press has decided to ban controversial caricatures of the prophet Muhammed from an upcoming book. 

-- Deja vu: Times music critic Mark Swed finds a timely parallel to the current controversy over LACMA's film program.

-- Coming home: A Cuban-born dancer tells of his experience returning home with London's Royal Ballet.

-- Avant-garde boost: Center Theatre Group receives a $1-million grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support experimental stage productions in L.A.

-- Assessing the damage: Orange County arts groups are finding it especially difficult to stay afloat during the recession.

-- Sounding off: One prominent New York critic's take on the impact of the Internet on theater criticism

-- Pay day: The artist Banksy was reportedly paid the sum of 1 pound by the city of Bristol, England, for his recent blockbuster exhibition.

-- High-tech Bard: A new 3-D musical film adaptation of  Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is currently in the works.

-- David Ng

Photo: Martin Scorsese. Credit: Associated Press