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Monster Mash: Top museum earners; Landesman confirmed for NEA, Leach for NEH; 'Spider-Man' musical kaput for now

August 10, 2009 |  8:39 am

-- Top museum earners: Glenn D. Lowry, the head of New York's Museum of Modern Art, made $1.32 million in the year ending in June.  Also on the list is James Wood, the J. Paul Getty Trust's president and CEO, who made $1.1 million. 

-- Confirmation: The Senate has approved Rocco Landesman as the new head of the National Endowment for the Arts and Jim Leach for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

-- All is not lost: LACMA's Michael Govan claims that donors are stepping forward to rescue the museum's film program.

-- Twitter, the opera: London's Royal Opera House is creating a libretto out of tweets and will set them to familiar opera tunes for a staging planned for next month.

-- Waxworks: Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne takes a look at Hollywood's new Madame Tussauds museum.

-- Dramatic summit: Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis blogs from the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

-- Riled up: The Dallas arts community is upset over proposed cuts and other changes to the city's cultural affairs department.

-- Historic discovery: A museum in Antwerp, Belgium, says it has authenticated a painting as having been created by Rembrandt.

-- Property values: Photographer Annie Leibovitz's financial problems stem in part from her costly renovations of her Greenwich Village properties.

-- Caught in a web: More confirmation that production has been halted on the upcoming Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

-- Rocker innovates: David Byrne has turned a building into a musical instrument thanks to an old pump organ.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of the interior of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Credit: Associated Press