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Monster Mash: Questions remain on Rembrandt recovery

August 17, 2011 |  7:50 am


Puzzling: Much remains unexplained as to how a Rembrandt work stolen from a Marina del Rey hotel over the weekend ended up at a church in Encino. (Los Angeles Times)

Anatomy of a crime: A look back at the pivotal 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. (Los Angeles Times)

Recovering: Conductor James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera, has undergone more back surgeries but isn't expected to miss additional performances. (New York Times)

In the beginning: Philip William McKinley, who replaced Julie Taymor on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," is said to be working on a new arena-style show based on the Old Testament. (Deadline)

Money woes: A group trying to build a national slavery museum has missed a deadline to pay more than $215,000 in back taxes to the city of Fredericksburg, Va. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Stepping down: Paula Vogel will be making an early exit in her role as chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. (New York Times)

Eagerly awaited: An overview of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, which is set to open in November. (USA Today)

Partnership: The New York Philharmonic is teaming up with the Shanghai Symphony on a new training institute. (WQXR)

Popular: The British Museum retains its top spot among England's most-visited free tourist attractions, with 5.8 million visitors in 2010, up 5% from the year before. (BBC News)

Delayed: Construction is underway on a long-planned arts center in Orlando. (Orlando Sentinel)

Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on what AEG's proposed football stadium means for downtown Los Angeles.

-- David Ng

Photo: "The Judgment,'' a stolen Rembrandt quill etching, was found at a church in Encino. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times