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PICASSO PAINTING SETS RECORD: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a 1932 painting by Picasso, sold at auction Tuesday night for $106.5 million. That breaks the previous record set in February, when a Giacometti sculpture went for $104.3 million. Holland Cotter on the New York Times‘ Arts Beat blog discusses what’s so special about the record-setting Picasso.

SET YOUR CLOCK: One Thirty Productions debuts a new work by playwright Ellsworth Schave today at the Bathhouse Cultural Center at, you guessed it, 1:30 p.m. The 63-year-old Texan tells that as he’s aged, his style has changed. “The difference in what I’m doing now is that I’m not as timid as I used to be. I’m jumping in at a later place in the story, giving myself more freedom than I used to.”

MUSIC BITS: Burleson’s Kelly Clarkson seems to be hard at work on a new album, and one of the possibly new tracks has found its way online. ( … Doug Burr’s new album, O Ye Devastator, is out this week, and he’s offering up a couple of free downloads. (DC9 at Night) … Ever wonder how to correctly pronounce bands like The xx and MGMT? Now there’s a handy guide. (The Guardian)