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Monster Mash: Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale; Long Beach Museum's art for sale?; Thomas Kinkade loses in court

June 19, 2009 |  9:03 am

Ennis House3

--Own a landmark: Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House in Los Feliz can be yours for $15 million -- but side aside some funds for cost of repairs.

--Desperate measures: Cash-strapped city of Long Beach threatens to sell artwork from Long Beach Museum of Art to raise money.

--Outrage continues: More museum leaders speak out against Orange County Museum of Art's sale of 18 paintings to a private collector.

Thomas Kinkade --Dark day for artist: Court rules "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade must pay two gallery owners plus lawyer fees to the tune of $2.1 million. 

--Grand opening: $55.6-million branch of Russia's State Hermitage Museum opens in Amsterdam.

--At least the telecast will be shorter: The Tony Awards scrap Special Theatrical Event category.

--New diet: Actor Jeremy Piven says he's been fish-free since dropping out of Broadway's "Speed-the-Plow" due to high levels of mercury.

--Crack the code: Is there a pattern to the new Gensler-designed Ritz-Carlton and Marriott building under construction in downtown L.A.?

--MOCA show: Judge gives go-ahead to art fraud lawsuit against Louis Vuitton over Murakami prints.

--Top honor: Museum dedicated to Wedgwood wins Britain's Art Fund Prize.

--New leader: Berlin Philharmonic names a new director.

--'Classical Idol' returns: Pianists and singers face off in the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition

--Last-minute fundraising: Oregon Ballet lives to dance another day.

--Um, yes: Are theatergoers becoming more disruptive?

-- Lisa Fung

Photo (top): Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom): Artist Thomas Kinkade. Credit: Handout