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Monster Mash: Tony Bennett's nude sketch of Lady Gaga for sale

December 13, 2011 |  7:17 am

Lady Gaga
Odd pairings: Singer Tony Bennett's nude sketch of Lady Gaga, made during an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vanity Fair, is up for auction. (Rolling Stone)

Secret agent man: Casey Nicholaw, who co-directed "The Book of Mormon," is in talks to direct the planned Austin Powers stage musical. (Hollywood Reporter)

Poor taste?: A Dutch design firm has apologized over plans for a pair of towers that resemble the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. (Washington Post)

Change of plan: "Detroit," a new play by Lisa D'Amour, will make its New York debut off-Broadway after being previously announced for Broadway. (Chicago Tribune)

Showdown: Representatives for New York City Opera's orchestra and singers said the musicians have given the go-ahead for a possible strike. (New York Post)

For sale: Art, jewelry and other items that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor are set to hit the auction block starting Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Imperiled: San Jose Ballet artistic director Dennis Nahat may be forced out of the company he founded. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Protest art: A survey of the art featured in the various Occupy movements. (The Nation)

Unclean?: Two visitors to the New Museum in New York claim that a sensory-deprivation tank installation gave them ear infections. (Gothamist)

Expensive: The planned new wing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is budgeted at $325 million. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Please remit: An ancient Chinese vase worth $83 million remains unpaid for more than a year after it was sold at auction. (Bloomberg)

Working together: The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas is entering into a partnership with the Louvre in Paris, High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Chicago-based Terra Foundation of American Art to launch a four-year initiative for an annual traveling art exhibition. (Fayettville Flyer)

Moving house: Broadway's "Venus in Fur" by David Ives is moving from the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre to the Lyceum Theatre. (Broadway World)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Some Lovers" at the Old Globe in San Diego.

-- David Ng

Image: Lady Gaga, charcoal on paper, 18' x 24'; © 2011 Benedetto/Bennett