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Monster Mash: Valley Performing Arts Center makes big debut; more on looting of museums in Egypt

January 31, 2011 |  7:45 am


Gala celebration: The Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge made its official debut Saturday, with celebrities including Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Beau Bridges and more in attendance. (Los Angeles Times)

Chaotic: Officials in Egypt say antiquities that were damaged during recent looting of the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo can be restored. (Bloomberg)

Impatient: The Toronto Star has joined the list of newspapers to have published reviews of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" while the much-delayed musical is still in previews. (Toronto Star)

Enigmatic: A mural seemingly inspired by Banksy's Oscar nomination for the documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" has appeared in Los Angeles. (LAist)

One-woman show: Anna Deavere Smith's solo play "Let Me Down Easy," which tackles issues surrounding healthcare, will air on the PBS series "Great Performances." (Playbill)

Famous face: Sean Connery has been honored with a bust at the Scottish Club in Tallinn, Estonia. (Associated Press)

Desperate measures: The Louisville Orchestra is dipping into its endowment in order to pay its musicians. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Long Beach Opera's production of "Medea"; a review of the dance ensemble "Grupo Corpo" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

-- David Ng

Photo: The gala inauguration of the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on Jan. 29, 2011. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times