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Monster Mash: Detroit Symphony cancels season as strike drags on; more rumors on 'Spider-Man' musical

February 21, 2011 |  7:50 am


Discord: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has canceled the remainder of the season after striking musicians rejected management's final contract offer on Saturday. (Reuters)

Official word: A spokesman for Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has denied a report in the New York Post that producers are looking to bring in a co-director for the troubled musical. (Playbill)

Back on track?: The "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibit reopened Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with a pair of ancient mummies, now that a mysterious dispute with the Chinese government has been wrapped up. (Associated Press, via Art Daily)

Angry: Protesters recently picketed a Ohio production of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," saying that the stage musical is blasphemous. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Health issues: Conductor James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, withdrew from a matinee performance of "Don Pasquale" on Saturday because of illness. (New York Times)

Denied: The Creation Museum in Kentucky recently rejected a same-sex couple at a special event called Date Night. (WLKY News)

Celebrity art: An art studio in Cincinnati has re-created a portion of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel painting with George Clooney in Adam's role. (KABC News)

And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Rossini's "The Turk in Italy" at L.A. Opera; the Pasadena Symphony Assn. has received a $500,000 matching gift; an editorial on J. Paul Getty, the oilman turned art collector.

-- David Ng

Photo: People walk out of the Foxwoods Theater, home to "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," in New York. Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images