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Monster Mash: 9/11 museum considers charging $20 admission; Blair Underwood in 'Streetcar'

June 17, 2011 |  7:50 am

Sept11museum Paying the way?: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is weighing a decision about whether to charge $20 admission. (Associated Press, via Wall Street Journal)

Leading man: Blair Underwood will make his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," playing the role of Stanley Kowalski. (Hollywood Reporter)

Show of support: Art by the imprisoned Ai Weiwei is being shown around Art Basel in Switzerland. (CNN)

On view: The Smithsonian will display remnants of the 9/11 attacks. (Reuters)

New hire: Critic Elvis Mitchell will head the film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Los Angeles Times)

Discovery: An intern has found two previously unknown documents by Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. (Associated Press, via Chicago Tribune)

Grass-roots effort: An online petition is seeking better pay for musicians at jazz festivals. (New York Times)

Critically acclaimed: "Other Desert Cities," by Jon Robin Baitz, will transfer to Broadway in the fall. (Playbill)

Haute couture: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has acquired work from the fashion house of Rodarte. (Art Info)

Musical: London 2012's Cultural Olympiad will include an orchestral festival. (The Guardian)

Cutting back: The Austin Lyric Opera has announced new austerity plans, which include cutting one-fourth of its performances. (Austin American Statesman)

No thanks: Mesa State College has rejected a $12,300 painting purchased for it by the Colorado Creative Industries. (ABC 7 News)

Gargantuan: The world's largest sculpture of a human body is being carved out of the British landscape and will depict a woman's form. (Reuters)

Passing: New York architect Gerald Abramovitz has died after suffering injuries in a mugging. (New York Post)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field" at Long Beach Opera, and a sneak preview of Cirque du Soliel's "Iris," coming to the Kodak Theatre.

-- David Ng

Photo: The construction site for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. Credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press