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Monster Mash: Da Vinci paintings to unite; Polish work goes home

July 28, 2011 |  7:46 am

Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks." Twin masterpieces: London's National Gallery and the Louvre Museum in Paris say they are planning to unite both versions of Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks." (BBC News)

Recovered: A 19th century Polish painting that had been missing since World War II has been returned to Poland after being removed from an auction in Germany. (Associated Press, via Guardian)

Unexpected: A 15-year-old African American student in Oakland is gaining worldwide attention for his ability to perform Chinese opera. (Associated Press)

Location, location: New York's Second Stage Theatre finds itself in a real-estate mess. (Bloomberg)

Costly: The Philadelphia Orchestra has accumulated $2.4 million in legal and professional bills associated with its bankruptcy filing. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Political thriller: The trailer is released for George Clooney's new movie, "The Ides of March," based on the stage play "Farragut North." (Indiewire)

"Nothing better": A stroll through the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas. (Los Angeles Times)

Classical apps: A roundup of smart-phone players for listening to music. (New York Times)

Premium prices: Who buys those really expensive Broadway tickets? (Shubert Ticketing)

Slammer: A chairman emeritus of the American Folk Art Museum has been sentenced to jail on numerous charges. (The Art Newspaper)

Ticket increase: The new adult admission charge for New York's Museum of Modern Art will be $25. (MoMA)

For night owls: The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it will keep its "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition open until midnight on the last two days of the show. (WNYC)

Also in the L.A. Times: A look at outdoor murals created by Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Retna for the new public library in West Hollywood.

-- David Ng

Photo: A version of Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks" at the National Gallery in London. Credit: Farrar, Straus and Giroux