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Monster Mash: Degas artwork stolen in France; 'Finian' to close; a new Leonardo painting?*

December 31, 2009 |  8:51 am


-- Art theft: A pastel work by Edgar Degas, titled "Les Choristes," has been stolen from a museum exhibit in Marseille, France. (France 24)

-- End of the road: The critically acclaimed Broadway revival of "Finian's Rainbow" is set to close on Jan. 17. (Playbill)

-- Speculation: Rumor has it that the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is in possession of a painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci. (Washington Post

-- Architectural restoration: A Milwaukee home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be refurbished thanks to a federal grant of close to $400,000. (Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal)

-- Ongoing dispute: A court will review whether Spain can be sued in a U.S. court by a California man in a case concerning art seized by the Nazis. (Bloomberg)

-- Found: Police in Italy have recovered a small toy guitar created by Pablo Picasso that had been reported missing. (BBC News)

-- Stepping down: Skip Pahl, who led the Oceanside Museum of Art for nearly a dozen years, is retiring. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

-- Reprieve: The Broadway revival of "Ragtime," which was set to close on Jan. 3, has been extended one week. (Theatermania)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Cirque du Soleil helps bring attention to Orange County's Great Park.

-- David Ng

* A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to a stolen Degas artwork as a painting. It is a pastel.

Photo: Edgar Degas' "Les Choristes," or "The Chorus Singers." Credit: Agence France-Presse