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Monster Mash: Some relatives of 9/11 victims oppose burial plans; settlement in Detroit symphony strike; Charlie Sheen fares better in Chicago

April 4, 2011 |  7:38 am


Controversial: Some family members of Sept. 11 victims are objecting to a plan by the National September 11th Memorial and Museum to place human remains underground at the World Trade Center site. (CNN)

Strike over? A tentative agreement has been reached between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and striking musicians. (Detroit Free Press)

Turkey? Charlie Sheen was booed off the stage in the first stop of his touring show in Detroit. But his follow-up performance in Chicago fares somewhat better with audiences. (Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter)

Trouble: Artist Ai Weiwei was stopped by Chinese authorities upon trying to leave Beijing and is believed to be in custody. (BBC News)

Marquee names: An omnibus production of one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May is heading to Broadway, most likely in the fall. (Playbill)

Starring role: Producers of the "Rock of Ages" movie have cast Mexican singer-actor Diego González Boneta in the lead role. (Vulture)

Rescued: A hedge-fund manager has saved a series of works by 17th century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán that were to be auctioned off in Britain. (The Telegraph)

Historic curiosities: The Napoleonic Museum of Havana is reopening, featuring the largest collection of French revolutionary and imperial items outside of Europe. (Agence France-Presse, via the Independent)

Sold: A painting by Zhang Xiaogang has set an auction record for a work by a contemporary Chinese artist. (Bloomberg)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty on Charlie Sheen's disastrous stage show; architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reviews L.A. architect Neil Denari's new building in New York; a review of "Tempest: Without a Body" at the Million Dollar Theater.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ground zero in New York. Credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press