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Monster Mash: New bid to crack Boston art heist; drama prize for Julia Cho; Ansel Adams' son sues museum

March 5, 2010 |  8:56 am

Getprev-9 -- Cold case: The FBI is hoping advances in DNA analysis will help it catch the art thieves responsible for the 1990 super-heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. (Boston Globe)

--Drama award: Santa Monica writer Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" has won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which is given to the best new English-language play written by a woman. (Los Angeles Times)

--Legal action: The son of photographer Ansel Adams has filed suit to stop the now-closed Fresno Metropolitan Museum from auctioning six of his father's prints, including "Moon and Half Dome" and "Clearing Storm." (Associated Press)

--Cautiously optimistic: Current economic blues aside, dealers see signs for hope at New York's Armory Art Show and its satellite fairs. (Wall Street Journal)

--Cultural exchange: A Korean-language version of the West End and Broadway hit "Billy Elliot: The Musical" will open in Seoul in August.  (New York Times)

--Fatal crash: Austrian architect Raimund Abraham was killed in a car accident in downtown Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

--Star watcher: Painter Robert T. McCall, whom Isaac Asimov called “the nearest thing we have to an artist in residence in outer space,” has died at 90 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: The New York Historical Society plays host to the Grateful Dead; veteran stage and screen actress Nan Martin has died at age 82 in Malibu.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," seen here in a black and white photo supplied by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is one of 13 masterpieces that were stolen from the museum in 1990. Credit: Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum