Quick Takes: Free day at museums

At least 25 major museums around Southern California will be offering free admission on Oct. 2 as part of Pacific Standard Time, the initiative led by the Getty focusing on the history of art in the region from 1945 to 1980.

Museums offering free admission on Oct. 2 include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Pacific Standard Time comprises more than 60 participating cultural groups throughout Southern California. The event officially begins in October.

—David Ng

‘Diner’ the musical in works

Eddie, Shrevie and Boogie are heading to Broadway. Production company Base Entertainment announced Tuesday that it will mount a musical version of Barry Levinson’s 1982 seriocomic hit “Diner” — and has enlisted Levinson to write the book and Sheryl Crow to write the lyrics and music.

Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (she won three times for choreography) will direct the show, which will come to Broadway after playing a limited road engagement in a city to be announced.


Levinson’ poignant male-centric tale centers on twentysomething friends growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s.The film featured then up-and-coming actors including Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke in leading roles.

—Steven Zeitchik

Making Sabrina a hip teen witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting a makeover.

On Tuesday, Archie Comics, which created the character, announced a partnership with MoonScoop Entertainment and said it plans to create a new, half-hour animated TV series.

The show will feature a new artistic interpretation of Sabrina — no more little blue dresses and blond bobs! The new Sabrina is decidedly more hip and “current,” said Jon Goldwater, chief executive of Archie Comics. Think skinny

jeans, spiky hair and a tattoo.

—Deborah Vankin

Superheroes partial to USC

Tommy Trojan has some new friends: Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine and Captain America.

Marvel Entertainment has a new licensing deal in place with USC through

Silver Star Merchandising, the Texas-based outfit launched last year by the family of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The new clothing line will feature Marvel superheroes sporting USC’s school colors of cardinal and gold.

Does this mean UCLA will have to settle for Archie and Jughead?

—Geoff Boucher


School renamed: The newly opened Valley Region Elementary School No. 12 in the San Fernando Valley will be renamed the Carlos Santana Arts Academy in honor of the Grammy-winning guitarist.