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Monster Mash: Guilty verdicts in Van Gogh theft case; Riccardo Muti suffers exhaustion

October 13, 2010 |  8:03 am

VangoghVerdict: An Egyptian court has found 11 culture ministry employees guilty of negligence following the theft of a Van Gogh painting from a Cairo museum. (BBC News)

Road to recovery: Conductor Riccardo Muti has been released from a hospital in Italy where it was determined that the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was suffering from exhaustion. (Chicago Tribune)

Celebrity endorsement: Bette Midler has signed on as a producer for the new stage musical "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert." (New York Post)

Musical reboot: Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Love Never Dies" gets a new creative team for its engagement in Melbourne, Australia. (Playbill)

Box-office hit: The Tony-winning Broadway musical "Memphis" saw its weekly gross hit the $1 million mark for the first time. (New York Times)

Gross: A Swiss artist claims to have made a bar of soap from the body fat of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Agence France-Presse)

Customer advisory: The Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand, says it is advising pregnant or menstruating women against attending one of its tours. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Cashing in: Two 19th-century paintings owned by actress Demi Moore will hit the auction block in November. (New York Times)

And in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight on exhibitions featuring the work of David Alfaro Siqueiros; the Ojai Music Festival announces its 2011 lineup under music director Dawn Upshaw.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Van Gogh painting known both as "Poppy Flowers" and "Vase with Flowers," which was stolen from a Cairo museum. Credit: AFP / Getty Images