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Monster Mash: Smithsonian video still making waves; Conan O'Brien spoofs 'Spider-Man' again

December 8, 2010 |  8:11 am

Making a statement: A downtown L.A. gallery and New York's New Museum are among the institutions that are planning to show artist David Wojnarowicz’s video "A Fire in My Belly," which was recently censored by the Smithsonian. (Los Angeles Times and New York Times)

Parody: Conan O'Brien continues to make fun of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" on his late-night talk show. (See video above)

Remembrance: The San Francisco Opera has announced details for the world premiere of "Heart of a Soldier," which will commemorate the 9/11 attacks and is set to open on Sept. 10, 2011. (San Francisco Chronicle)

On the go: The Theatre Development Fund has announced the creation of a free iPhone application for TKTS, the discount-ticket booth in New York for Broadway and off-Broadway shows. (Playbill)

Big drama: The opening night at La Scala in Milan, Italy, was marked by clashes outside between police and people protesting cuts to the country's culture spending. (The Guardian)

Free money: The group United States Artists has announced $2.5 million in awards to 50 winners. (Los Angeles Times)

Not for the kids: More details emerge about the "American Psycho" musical planned for Broadway. (New York Post)

Family resemblance: A portrait of Andrew Wyeth created by his son James has sold for $2.4 million at auction. (Reuters)

Another day, another island: The investment company of art collector and Russian businessman Roman Abramovich has won a tender for an 18-acre island adjacent to St. Petersburg. (New York Observer)

Imagine: A gallery in Laguna Beach is presenting "Remembering John: A Tribute to the Art of John Lennon," a five-day exhibit featuring about 35 works by the late musician. (Orange County Register)

Also in the L.A. Times: The fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church says it will protest an L.A. stage production of "The Laramie Project."

-- David Ng