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Monster Mash: Getty bids goodbye to 'Goddess'; Da Vinci manuscript fragment found

December 7, 2010 |  7:56 am

Getty Packing up: The Getty Villa prepares to say goodbye to the "Cult Statue of a Goddess," which is being returned to Italy. (Los Angeles Times)

Discovery: A long-lost fragment of manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci has been uncovered in a public library in France. (The Guardian)

Honored: Artist Susan Philipsz has won the Turner Prize for her sound installation featuring a 16th century Scottish lament by a sailor lost at sea. (Agence France-Presse)

Area premiere: The New York City Opera said it is planning to produce Rufus Wainwright's "Prima Donna" next season. (New York Times)

In the red: The Indiana Symphony has reported a near-record deficit of $2.7 million on its $25.8 million budget for the 2010 fiscal year. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

Dismissed: A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by two men in Pebble Beach, Calif., whom deputies accused of faking a multimillion-dollar art heist last year. (The Californian)

Labor unrest: Union protests are expected to take place during the opening night performance at La Scala in Milan, Italy, where Daniel Barenboim will conduct Wagner's "Die Walkure." (Reuters)

Birthday party: The San Francisco Symphony sets plans for its centennial celebration in 2011. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Working abroad: Chinese artists are finding new creative freedom in Berlin. (Deutsche Welle)

Also in the L.A. Times: Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg of New York's American Ballet Theatre offer their assessment of the new ballet-themed movie "Black Swan"; a conversation with songwriters Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, of "Next to Normal."

-- David Ng

Photo: Acting director of the Getty David Bomford (far right) talks with Karol Wight, of the Getty and Sebastiano Missineo, the Italian culture minister for Sicily, in front of the "Cult Statue of a Goddess" at the Getty Villa. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times