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Monster Mash: Picasso theft; more arts for Obamas; Hadid wins Cairo job; Adam Lambert on '10 Commandments'

June 10, 2009 |  8:49 am

--Internet helps search: Picasso sketchbook worth $11 million is stolen from glass case in Paris museum.

--Leading by example: The Obama family takes in art and musical theater during European trip.

--'Too gay'?: "Idol's" Adam Lambert says "The Ten Commandments" director asked him to "turn it down" during L.A. performance. What do you think?

--Major commission: Architect Zaha Hadid beats Norwegian firm Snohetta in competition for Cairo "exhibition city."

--Back to Broadway?: Revival of "Babes in Arms," starring Rosie O'Donnell, in the works. 

Van Cliburn Awards --Questioning the choices: What was the Van Cliburn Awards jury thinking? What do you think?

--Don't mock the injured: Reps for injured Tonys performer Bret Michaels of Poison criticize the Tonys organization, host Neil Patrick Harris.

--Latest work: 100-year-old Swiss artist unveils mural at U.N. building in Geneva.

--Sushigate continues: Arbitration face-off between "Speed-the-Plow" producers and former star Jeremy Piven resumes this week

--Blocking the wrecking ball: Town & Country Center in downtown Palm Springs tapped for historic designation, hindering plans for new mall.  

--Tear-down rules: Los Angeles Planning Commission considers major changes to preservation ordinance.

--Speedier than SAG: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra negotiates a new three-year contract.

--'Cautious optimism': Eli Broad browses Art Basel offerings with MOCA curator Paul Schimmel.

--34,000 performances: Edinburgh Fringe announces its lineup and plans to avoid ticketing problems.

--Another one bites the dust: Broadway's "Guys and Dolls' posts closing notice.

--Another Twitter gimmick (ha ha): Comedy night in 140 characters or less. 

--Lisa Fung

Caption: Nobuyuki Tsujii of Japan performs with the Takacs Quartet during the semifinal round of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Credit: AP Photo / Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Joyce Marshall