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Monster Mash: Paris officials investigate art heist; Black Dahlia play moves to N.Y.; British architects prizes

May 21, 2010 |  8:03 am
Paris Art Theft

Super structures: The Royal Institute of British Architects has given out 102 awards for architectural excellence to buildings ranging from a circular loo in London to the Neues Museum in Berlin. (Independent)
Security lapse: A day after the big Paris art heist, officials assess the damage and try to figure out why the museum's broken alarm system had remained unrepaired since March 30. (Los Angeles Times)

Off-Broadway transfer: Black Dahlia Theatre's production of "Secrets of the Trade" will open the 2010-11 season at New York's Primary Stages, starring John Glover, Amy Aquino and Bill Brochtrup. (Primary Stages)

New job: The Guggenheim Museum has named Jeffrey Weiss its first curator of its Panza Collection, launching its Panza Collection Conservation Initiative. (Guggenheim)

London-bound: Jeff Goldblum will star in the Old Vic's West End production of Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." (BBC)

His big adventure: Pee-wee Herman (aka. Paul Reubens) is taking a revised version of his hit '80s stage show to Broadway. The production ran in L.A. in January. (Los Angeles Times)

At a loss: Actor Mel Gibson and his wife, Robyn, who filed for divorce last year, have sold Maxfield Parrish's 1922 painting "Daybreak" for $5.2 million -- a price well under the $7.6 million Robyn Gibson paid for it in 2006. (Bloomberg)

Contemporary showcase: The Orange County Museum of Art selects more than 40 artists and collaborative groups to participate in the 2010 California Biennial. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty looks at "American Idiot" and the fate of the contemporary musical; the Los Angeles Philharmonic hosts a conference on creating El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra programs in the U.S.; two Neil Simon plays and a hip-hop drama will open the 2010-11 season at the Old Globe in San Diego.
-- Karen Wada

Photo: French forensic police work in a window at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, where five works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani were stolen. Credit: Reuters