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Monster Mash: Grammy nominations for jazz, classical music; Halle Berry confirmed for Broadway

December 2, 2010 |  7:57 am

Grammy Honored: The nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards include categories for jazz -- which were dominated by singer Esperanza Spalding -- as well as classical music and musical shows. (Los Angeles Times)

Star power: Halle Berry has confirmed reports that she will star in an upcoming Broadway production of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," a play inspired by events in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.  (ET Online)

Restless audience: New York's 92nd Street Y is offering refunds to all attendees of a conversation with Steve Martin after the actor and the moderator spent much of the evening talking about the art world. (New York Times)

Missing: Spanish police and media report that hooded thieves have stolen a van containing about 20 pieces of art, including works by Picasso. (Associated Press)

Home renovations: The Tate Britain said it is embarking on a multimillion-dollar construction project that involves new walls, roofs and floors, improvements to its entrance and a rehanging of its collection. (Reuters)

Positive note: The Minnesota Orchestra has balanced its budget for fiscal 2009-10, even as attendance and donations fell. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Expanding: The Royal Shakespeare Co. in London has announced a five-year partnership with the Roundhouse, a performance venue converted from a former Victorian railway engine shed in North London. (Playbill)

Passing: German tenor Peter Hofmann, who moved between the worlds of rock music, opera and musical theater, has died at age 66. (Baltimore Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews a performance of a rare Morton Feldman piece by Piano Spheres; "Standing on Ceremony," a collection of gay-marriage-themed plays is returning to L.A. for six performances.

-- David Ng

Photo: A Grammy Award statuette. Credit: Associated Press