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Monster Mash: Table talk at MOCA; the fork is with us

November 14, 2011 |  8:06 am

A performer at the gala for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Talking heads:
How strange was it, sitting under a banquet table with your head emerging through a hole in the center, staring at MOCA patrons while they ate dinner? (Los Angeles Times)

They think not: Citing historical inaccuracies, Ford's Theatre won't be selling Bill O'Reilly's book about Abraham Lincoln's assassination. (New York magazine)

Post-Berlusconi biennial: Silvio Berlusconi's choice to be the new president of the Venice Biennale has withdrawn his name from consideration after the Italian prime minister's resignation. (The Art Newspaper)

"Spidey" trouble: Could Julie Taymor's lawsuit against "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" actually stop the show? (Hollywood Reporter)

"Fork" art: An 18-foot-tall wooden fork in Pasadena is refurbished, reinforced, insured and finally legal. (Los Angeles Times)

Miami noir: The departure of founder Edward Villella from the Miami City Ballet was more complicated and less voluntary than originally portrayed. (New York Times)

Worrisome trend? The president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says the influence of citizen critics is scary. (Huffington Post)

Worrisome trend II? Should we be watching live performances in movie theater? (Radio Times)

European adventure: The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra's recent trip to Bulgaria is featured in a half-hour documentary that will air several times on KOCE. (Orange County Register)

Another serving: Tustin's defunct Elizabeth Howard's Curtain Call Dinner Theater is under new ownership and will open in December under the name Encore Dinner Theatre & Club. (Orange County Register)

Berliners: Two artists born on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall work together to make a painting on a surviving portion of the wall located on Wilshire Boulevard in L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Mark Swed reviews the Labèque sisters with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Carl Stone concert at the Getty; Charles McNulty reviews "Bring it On" at the Ahmanson Theatre.

-- Kelly Scott and Sherry Stern

Above: One of the performers at the gala for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for MOCA