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Monster Mash: Eli Broad stumps for L.A. culture; French museum strike continues; James Levine returns

December 4, 2009 |  9:00 am

Broad -- He's loving it: Eli Broad cites museums, theater, architecture and classical music among his top 10 reasons for loving L.A. (Huffington Post)

-- Newly discovered: Etchings by Pablo Picasso that were recently found inside a book that the artist gave to his then-lover, Dora Maar, have gone on display in Spain. (The Guardian)

-- No end in sight? The Louvre in Paris opened about two-thirds of its rooms today while other French museums and monuments remained closed as a result of a widespread labor strike. (Bloomberg)

-- Missing pieces: Police have raided the storerooms of the respected French auction house Drouot in a matter related to stolen artwork. (Art Info)

-- Back to work, part one: Conductor James Levine returned to the podium Thursday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in late September. (New York Times)

-- Back to work, part two: Convicted stage producer Garth Drabinsky is working again, serving as a consultant on a revival of "Barrymore." (Globe and Mail)

-- Legal matter: A court is deciding whether artists have the right to protect public art from mutilation. (Chicago Reader)

-- Coming soon: New York's Primary Stages theater company has announced its coming season, which will include works by A.R. Gurney and Jonathan Tolins. (Playbill)

-- And in the L.A. Times: San Diego's Old Globe unveils its new $22-million theater and education center; AIA honors Pugh + Scarp Architects.

-- David Ng

Photo: Eli and Edythe Broad. Credit: Ann Johannson / For The Times