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Monster Mash: Fountain Theatre director Bennett Bradley slain; artwork stolen in France; Canada won't seize Dead Sea Scrolls

January 4, 2010 |  9:10 am


-- Homicide: Bennett Bradley, a theater director at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, was found stabbed to death Saturday at his home. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Without a trace: Nearly 30 works of art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau, were reported stolen from a private villa in the south of France over the weekend. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Diplomatic standoff: Canada has refused to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls on a request by the government of Jordan while the artifacts were on display at Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. (CBC News)

-- Acquisition: The London Jewish Museum of Art has purchased a work by Marc Chagall at a bargain price. (The Times)

-- Covering up: The Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas has placed pasties over depictions of female nipples in an outdoor mural. (Las Vegas Sun)

-- Sending a message: Playwright Edward Albee was one of the demonstrators protesting the incarceration of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo at a rally in front of the New York Public Library. (Bloomberg)

-- New job: Paul Roth has stepped down from his position as curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art to become the executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation in New York. (DCist)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne discusses the Burj Dubai skyscraper; an exhibition of Olmec art will inaugurate LACMA's new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion.

-- David Ng

Photo: Fountain Theatre's Bennett Bradley, left, and Simon Levy in 2000. Credit: Los Angeles Times