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Monster Mash: Possible Velazquez discovery; a new Nouvel; Whoopi Goldberg returns to 'Sister Act'

July 7, 2010 |  8:08 am

Velaz -- Hidden masterpiece?: The Yale University Art Gallery could be in possession of an early work by artist Diego Velazquez. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Starchitecture: French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled his first completed work in Britain -- a red-hued structure for the Serpentine Gallery in London. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Back in the habit: Whoopi Goldberg will join the London cast of "Sister Act the Musical" in the role of Mother Superior. (Playbill)

-- Religious art: The recent dismantling of a statue in Indonesia by Islamic radicals has caused a public outcry. (Time)

-- Toward solvency: The North Carolina Symphony reports an improving financial outlook. (The News & Observer)

-- Moving on: The executive director of the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey has stepped down. (Newark Star-Ledger)

-- Possible discovery: A German museum has discovered what it believes to be a previously unknown work by German Expressionist artist Ludwig Kirchner. (Associated Press)

-- Cashing in: The family of Princess Diana has sold a painting by Peter Paul Rubens for approximately $13.7 million at auction. (Reuters)

-- Big trouble: Russian conductor and pianist Mikhail Pletnev has been charged in Thailand with having sexual relations with a child. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Public art controversy: The city council of Bemidji, Minn., has voted unanimously to return a controversial sculpture depicting a giant beaver with a vagina to its place on a public sculpture walk. (City Pages)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Conductor Kent Nagano is reportedly stepping down from his post at the Bavarian State Opera; a conversation with Dance Theatre of Harlem's co-founder Arthur Mitchell.

-- David Ng

Photo: "The Education of the Virgin," circa 1617. Attributed to Diego Velazquez. Credit: Yale University Art Gallery.