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Monster Mash: Drilling for Leonardo Da Vinci; 'Once' to Broadway

December 7, 2011 |  7:50 am


Digging deep: Art experts have signed a petition calling for the end to drilling into a fresco in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio, where a hidden Leonardo Da Vinci work is believed to reside. (BBC News)

Indie: "Once," the new stage musical based on the popular 2007 movie, has set an opening day on Broadway for March 18. (Broadway World)

High bidding: Pieter Brueghel II's "The Battle between Carnival and Lent" was sold for 6.9 million pounds Tuesday night at Christie's auction of old master paintings in London. (Reuters)

Unconventional: A hotel in Melbourne, Australia, is challenging guests to steal a work by street artist Banksy that is displayed on its walls. (The Australian)

Biblical: The Getty has purchased a medieval sculpture of St. John the Baptist. (Los Angeles Times)

Almost over?: Could the recently opened Broadway musical "Bonnie & Clyde" be closing its doors soon? (Broadway World)

Anarchic spirit: Graffiti artists are leaving their mark on the walls of Tripoli, Libya. (BBC News)

Money talks: The renaming of the Miami Art Museum after a donor is causing spirited debate. (Miami Herald)

Stepping down: Adrian Ellis, the executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, will be leaving his post in early January. (New York Times)

In the red: The Minnesota Orchestra has reported a deficit of $2.9 million, the largest in the organization's history. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Legal agreement: Descendants of an Illinois industrialist have reached a settlement over the ownership of a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. (Chicago Tribune)

New job: Andreas Mitisek, the artistic director of Long Beach Opera, is taking on a concurrent position at the Chicago Opera Theater. (Los Angeles Times)

Passing: Leo Friedman, a photographer of the Broadway theater scene, has died at 92. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Center Theatre Group will host the current Broadway revival of "Follies," filling the gap created by the cancellation of "Funny Girl."

-- David Ng

Photo: Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in the movie "Once." Credit: Fox Searchlight