We Want Tix to the Etta James/Beyonce Smackdown [Cultural Headlines]

Books: The lifelong importance of good penmanship.
Dance/Opera: Balanchine’s last ballerina to retire at 44.
Design: The excellent people behind the LifeStraw.
Film: Now that the studio fighting is over, Watchmen gets good buzz.
Music: Etta James would like to “whup Beyonce’s ass.” Her words.
Television: Gossip Girl cribs from Anne Hathaway’s real life drama.
Theatre: Al Pacino as King Lear? It’s now or never.
Visual Arts: Canada’s artists are starving.
Web: Stephen Fry tweets from a stuck elevator.