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Monster Mash: Artist Mark Bradford among MacArthur recipients; 'Tosca' booed at Met; Dudamel concert webcast planned

September 22, 2009 |  8:40 am


--'Genius grants': L.A. artist Mark Bradford, left, winner of many prestigious awards, adds the Big One: a MacArthur Fellowship.

--Instant feedback: Audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York booed director Luc Bondy at Monday's season opener of Puccini's "Tosca."

--Planning ahead: Tony-winning director Harold Prince will take his new musical "Paradise Found" to London before a planned New York run.

--Streaming concert: The L.A. Philharmonic will host a live webcast of conductor Gustavo Dudamel's Oct. 3 concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

--Remembering a legend: Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne attends a memorial for the late Julius Shulman.

--Questions of legitimacy: Artists and former employees are wondering whether Polaroid actually owns the photographs that it plans to sell at auction later this year.

--Rent the DVDs: The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab will turn the movies "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Like Water for Chocolate" into stage musicals.

--Pushing back: Arts leaders in Pennsylvania say they will fight a new sales tax proposed on cultural events.

--Looking to expand: L.A.'s  Octomom musical is apparently ready to move to a bigger venue.

--Hitting the block: The art collection that belonged to the late Merce Cunningham and John Cage will be auctioned off.

--Curtain time: The Broadway run of "The 39 Steps" will close Jan. 10 after a nearly two-year run.

-- David Ng

Photo: Mark Bradford. Credit: Bruce Morr