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Monster Mash: Rembrandt work stolen; LACMA bonds downgraded

August 15, 2011 |  7:18 am


Missing: A small work by the artist Rembrandt valued at more than $250,000 was stolen Saturday from a private art exhibit at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey. (Los Angeles Times)

Slight dip: LACMA's bond rating has been downgraded a notch, meaning the museum's interest rate on construction bonds could rise somewhat. (Los Angeles Times)

Apprehended: A woman with a history of attacking works of art has been arrested for attempting to rip a $2.5-million Henri Matisse painting off the wall of the National Gallery of Art. (Washington Post)

Don't bring it: Threatening to halt the national stage tour of "Bring It On: The Musical," the Writers Guild of America has filed a claim on behalf of the screenwriter of the 2000 Universal film on which it is based. (The Hollywood Reporter)

G'day: A musical version of "An Officer and Gentleman" adapted for the stage by, among others,  original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart, will open in Sydney in 2012. (Courier Mail)

Humorous: An anonymous prankster has left an elaborate joke on the public statue of a surfer in Cardiff-by-the-Sea near San Diego. (Los Angeles Times)

What if: A new novel speculates what would have happened if a Muslim American architect had won the contest to design the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York. (Bloomberg)

Caught him: Composer Marc Shaiman talks about winning a Tony for "Hairspray" and the thrill of writing for Broadway. (CNN)

National icon: The new opera on the life of Nelson Mandela was staged for the first time in Johannesburg. (Associated Press)

Backlog: The staff of Iraq's National Museum is struggling to create an inventory of its extensive collection. (The Art Newspaper)

Angered: Protesters in Karachi, Pakistan demonstrated against a recent police raid of an art gallery during which the curator was hurt. (Pakistan Daily Times)

Baseball hero: The New York Yankees have given Derek Jeter a 225-pound stainless steel sculpture to commemorate his 3,000th career hit. (New York Daily News)

Showdown: Unionized workers at Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts have been locked out by management. (CBC)

Vanished: A work by the street artist KAWS has been stolen from the wall of a New York fashion company. (Wall Street Journal)

Cost-cutting: The average cast size in professional theaters in the Seattle area is shrinking. (Seattle Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don't You?" at REDCAT.

-- David Ng

Photo: A Rembrandt work titled "The Judgement" was stolen in Southern California on Saturday. Credit: Linearis Institute website