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Monster Mash: Downtown L.A.'s new skyscraper debuts; Obamas donate to Detroit youth theater; Banderas back on Broadway?

January 15, 2010 |  9:36 am


-- Big and tall: Downtown L.A. welcomes its first new skyscraper since the early 1990s, the Ritz-Carlton hotel-condo tower. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Presidential support: The Obamas have personally donated $10,000 to Detroit's Mosaic Youth Theatre. (Detroit Free Press)

-- Rumor mill: Is Antonio Banderas headed back to Broadway in a revival of "Zorba" next season? Sure looks that way. (New York Post)

-- Musical chairs: The auction house Christie's undergoes dramatic changes in its top managerial ranks. (Art Info)

-- For the record: Adrian Smith, the chief architect of the recently opened Burj Khalifa, denies the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's proposed Mile High Illinois skyscraper. (Chicago Tribune)

-- To sell or not to sell: Museum leaders and politicians in New York gather to debate the practice of deaccessioning by art institutions. (New York Times)

-- Putting it together: The full cast of Broadway's "Come Fly Away" has been announced. (Playbill)

-- Casualties of war: A San Francisco artist depicts the faces of U.S. servicemen and -women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Bloomberg)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Latest development in a case involving the Norton Simon Museum; art critic Christopher Knight on MOCA's future exhibition plans.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, left, in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times