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Monster Mash: Eli Broad chooses Grand Avenue for new museum; Egypt still looking for Van Gogh painting

August 24, 2010 |  8:22 am

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-- Official confirmation: Eli Broad announces that he will build his new museum on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., with Diller Scofidio + Renfro as the architects. (Los Angeles Times)

-- On the hunt: Egypt has arrested a senior culture ministry official and others on charges of negligence related to the theft of a Vincent Van Gogh painting in Cairo, but the artwork is still missing. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Broadway bound: The Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," starring Al Pacino, will open Nov. 7 on Broadway  at the Broadhurst Theatre. (Playbill)

-- Whispers: The rumor that Michael Brand, the former head of the Getty Museum, is moving to the Royal Ontario Museum turns out to be false. (ArtInfo)

-- Populist calculation: Andrea Bocelli will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in a recital set for Feb. 13. (New York Times)

-- Better late than never: "Sister Act," the musical based on the movie, will open on Broadway in April 2011, though the exact date hasn't been released. (Playbill)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Architect critic Christopher Hawthorne takes a look at Eli Broad's choice of Diller Scofidio + Renfro for his new museum.

-- David Ng

Photo: The site on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. where Eli Broad will build his new contemporary art museum. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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