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Monster Mash: Jackson Pollock painting safe in Iowa after bill withdrawn; Egypt reopens many museums and sites

February 22, 2011 |  7:45 am


Safe, for now: An Iowa politician has withdrawn a controversial bill that would have forced the University of Iowa to sell its $140-million Jackson Pollock painting titled "Mural." (Daily Iowan)

Open for business: Egypt has reopened many of its museums and historical sites, which had been closed since the civil uprising started in January. (BBC News)

Helping hand: The producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have hired musical supervisor and conductor Paul Bogaev to improve the problem-plagued musical. (New York Times)

Fact or fiction?: An interview with Thierry Guetta, the artist at the center of Banksy's Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop." (Los Angeles Times)

Major production: Cirque du Soleil is spending $57 million on its new show, "Zarkana," which will open in New York this summer and then move to Moscow. (Bloomberg)

Signing on: Imelda Staunton is joining the cast of a London revival of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance." (Playbill)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Richard Hawkins: Third Mind" at the UCLA Hammer Museum; music critic Mark Swed reviews Mozart's "Zaide" from Musica Angelica.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jackson Pollock's "Mural." Credit: Deb Barber / Associated Press