Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei tops power list; stolen paintings tossed?
Influential: Ai Weiwei has taken the top spot in the annual art-world power list from the magazine ArtReview. (Reuters)
Rubbish: A suspect in the theft of paintings by such artists as Picasso and Matisse from the Paris Museum of Modern Art claims that in a panic, he threw the paintings into the garbage. (Los Angeles Times)
More trouble: A Washington, D.C. educator has abruptly pulled out of the top job at the troubled downtown L.A. arts high school. (Los Angeles Times)
Unusual: The London Philharmonic is releasing an album called "The Greatest Video Game Music," featuring classically arranged scores from Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft and more. (CNET)
Billionaire: Victor Pinchuk discusses his plans to build a new contemporary art space in Kiev, Ukraine. (The Art Newspaper)
Under the weather: Buckingham Palace said a cold has forced Queen Elizabeth II to cancel a visit to the British Museum in London. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)
Back home: A stolen Jules Breton painting has been returned to France after a century. (Agence France-Presse)
Cameo role: The new Mob Museum in Las Vegas will make an appearance on the CBS series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." (Los Angeles Times)
Famous face: The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has unveiled a new sculpture of New York Yankee Derek Jeter. (WLKY)
New leader: The Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Jim Copenhaver has been named interim chief executive. (Denver Post)
Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Andreas Scholl with the English Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
-- David Ng
Photo: Ai Weiwei in 2010. Credit: Andy Wong / Associated Press