Monster Mash: Dangerous seats at ‘Spider-Man’? Munch thieves convicted. Raccoon attack spurs lawsuit.

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Caveat emptor: Could it be dangerous to sit in the orchestra section at ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’? (New York Post)

Guilty: A Swedish court has convicted three men of stealing a valuable painting by Edvard Munch from a museum that didn’t realize the work was missing. (Associated Press via ABC News)


Passing: Denis Dutton, founder of the Arts & Letters Daily website, has died at age 66, and the fate of the site is uncertain. (Jacket Copy)

Man versus nature: A man who was attacked by an escaped raccoon at the California Living Museum early this year has filed a lawsuit against the institution for negligence. (Bakersfield Californian)

Early demise: Broadway’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ will close earlier than expected, on Jan. 2, three weeks before its scheduled Jan. 23 closing. (Playbill)

Culture where you least expect it: Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands casino resort will open its new ArtScience museum -- which will include exhibits on art, science, media, design and architecture -- in February. (Reuters)

Back on stage: John Leguizamo will return to Broadway with his new solo play, ‘Ghetto Klown.’ (New York Times)

Money trouble: Louisville Orchestra officials have defended the organization’s bankruptcy filing in federal court, rejecting arguments by musicians that the orchestra cover its expenses by tapping into its multimillion-dollar endowment. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Mythical, or not: Kentucky’s new creationist theme park, the Ark Encounter, could feature dragons and unicorns. (The Atlantic)

And in the L.A. Times: An urban anthropologist adopts one of the 10-foot terra cotta sculptures that once topped the Richfield Building; jazz artist Jane Monheit and her attempt to escape New York snow.

-- David Ng