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Monster Mash: Shepard Fairey to settle AP case out of court; Glenn Beck loves Broadway's 'Spider-Man'

January 13, 2011 |  7:00 am

Fairey Seeking closure: Artist Shepard Fairey is settling his fair-use case with the Associated Press out of court, but the Los Angeles-based street artist isn't out of the woods yet. (Los Angeles Times)

Everyone's a critic: Conservative commentator Glenn Beck heaps praise on Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (

Speaking out: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says the recent and unexpected demolition of his Shanghai studio was a result of his political activism. (BBC News)

Secret of the eyes: An Italian researcher claims that the key to solving the enigmas of the "Mona Lisa'" lies in symbols in her eyes. (Associated Press)

End in sight?: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra makes a new conditional offer to striking musicians that could lead to the end of their 15-week-old strike. (Detroit News)

A whole new world: Disney's "Aladdin," a stage musical based on the 1992 animated movie, is set to open at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in July. (BroadwayWorld)

Hold the gavel: Dennis Hopper's estranged wife files papers in a Los Angeles court contesting the auction of the late actor's artworks, including some by Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston and Manuel Ocampo. (Los Angeles Times)

On the road: Touring Broadway shows contributed $3.35 billion to local economies in the U.S. during the 2008-09 season, according to a new report from the Broadway League. (Variety)

Blockbuster exhibition: The Seattle Museum of Art reports that its Pablo Picasso exhibit has broken attendance records with more than 325,000 visitors -- a new high for the museum's downtown location. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Controversial: The University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology cancels an exhibit that was supposed to feature portraits of women who vanished from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. (Vancouver Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: The Orange County Performing Arts Center changes its name to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts; artist Andrea Bowers is one of a group of people occupying trees in Arcadia to protest their bulldozing by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

-- David Ng

Photo: Shepard Fairey. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times