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Monster Mash: Leonard Slatkin recovering after heart attack; Houston museum in legal battle; Jesus as a transsexual draws protest

November 4, 2009 |  8:38 am


-- Stage scare: Conductor Leonard Slatkin suffered a heart attack mid-performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands and is now recovering after surgery. (Detroit Free Press)

-- Money trouble: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is embroiled in a legal battle with the heirs of oil millionaire Alfred C. Glassell Jr., who left about half of his estate to the institution in his will. (Bloomberg)

-- Tepid sales: A high-profile auction of Impressionist paintings at Christie's in New York failed to stir much interest from buyers. (New York Times)

-- Zealous: Protesters held a candlelight gathering in front of a Glasgow, Scotland, theater where a play depicts Jesus Christ as a transsexual. (BBC News)

-- Filling the void: The Chicago musical "Million Dollar Quartet" will open at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in the spring, filling the vacancy left by "Brighton Beach Memoirs." (Chicago Tribune)

-- Speaking of which: Was a new advertising pilot program at the New York Times responsible for the premature demise of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"? (New York Post)

-- On the brink: The Honolulu Symphony could file for bankruptcy as early as this week. (Honolulu Advertiser)

-- Finale: The Willows Theatre Company said it will close its theater operations in Concord, Calif. (Contra Costa Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The NEA Opera Awards will bypass L.A. airwaves despite featuring artists with strong local ties; Times art critic Christopher Knight on the new documentary "The Art of the Steal."

-- David Ng

Photo: Conductor Leonard Slatkin. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times