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Monster Mash: Germany to return paintings to Holland; world's longest sea bridge opens in China

July 1, 2011 |  7:50 am


Restitution: The German government says it will hand over to the Netherlands eight Old Masters paintings that belonged to Dutch Jews before the Nazi occupation. (Bloomberg)

Architectural marvel: China is opening the world's longest bridge over seawater, spanning approximately 26 miles. (Telegraph)

Settlement: Brandeis University says it won't sell artwork from the collection of the Rose Art Museum. (Los Angeles Times)

Controversial: The new off-Broadway musical "The Magdalene" is being met with accusations of anti-Semitism. (New York Times)

Chosen: AEG has selected Populous as the architecture firm to design the relocated West Hall of the Convention Center in downtown L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Thick skin required: A study shows that workplace bullying is rife in the world of British theater. (The Stage UK)

Expensive: The Philadelphia Orchestra's legal fees related to its bankruptcy case have climbed to almost $700,000. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Moonlighting: Conductor Ludovic Morlot, the new music director of the Seattle Symphony, has accepted a concurrent post with an opera company in Brussels. (Seattle Times)

Music of the night: "The Phantom of the Opera" will be the only Broadway show open on July 4. (Broadway World)

Ruling: The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld the reprimand of an auctioneer who put in a fake bid to help a colleague drive up the price of a painting. (Associated Press, via Boston Globe)

Appointment: Glyndbourne, the annual opera festival, is expected to announce that conductor Robin Ticciati will become the new music director. (The Guardian)

High and low culture: The set for the new season of "Big Brother" on CBS is to feature a room inspired by the architecture of Frank Gehry. (Hollywood Reporter)

And in the L.A. Times: The Toronto Symphony is succeeding at attracting younger audiences.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Qingdao Bay Bridge in China. Credit: Jun You / EPA