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Monster Mash: Artworks go home; 'Book of Mormon' creators chat

September 26, 2011 |  7:30 am

"The Book of Mormon" on Broadway

Heading home 1: The Menil Collection is returning a pair of 13th century Byzantine frescoes to Cyprus. (Houston Chronicle)

Heading home 2: The U.S. has returned a pair of 19th century paintings by Polish Impressionist Julian Falat, which had been looted by the Nazis, to Polish authorities. (Reuters)

Heading home 3: The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has returned a piece of a Hercules statue to Turkey after two decades of negotiations. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Jokers: Steve Kroft profiled Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway. ("60 Minutes")

For a good cause: Actress Jennifer Aniston purchased a Glenn Ligon painting worth an estimated $450,000 at a recent Haiti benefit auction. (Los Angeles Times)

Mass exodus: Half of the Colorado Symphony's board of directors have resigned in the wake of contentious contract negotiations with musicians. (Denver Post)

Controversy: An exhibit of drawings and paintings by Palestinian children has found a new home after being canceled by the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland. (Oakland Tribune, via San Jose Mercury News)

Career leap: American dancer David Hallberg talks about his decision to join Russia's Bolshoi Ballet. (NPR)

Sacred structure: Architect Renzo Piano has designed a Catholic convent near the site of Le Corbusier's famous chapel in Ronchamp, France. (The Guardian)

Language barriers: Playwright Tom Stoppard is spearheading a petition calling for modern-language teaching to be protected in Scotland's universities. (The Scotsman)

Apply within: The Boston Symphony is launching a search for a new music director to replace conductor James Levine. (Boston Globe)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the Carlsbad Music Festival.

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Joan Marcus