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Monster Mash: Duchess Catherine charities; Clyfford Still painting

January 5, 2012 |  7:50 am


Royal favors: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has announced her charity patronages, which include the Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery. (BBC News)

Drunk?: Officials in Denver say a woman, apparently inebriated, punched and damaged a Clyfford Still painting worth more than $30 million at the Clyfford Still Museum. (Denver Post)

Appointment: The New York Philharmonic has named Matthew VanBesien as its new executive director, replacing Zarin Mehta who is retiring. (New York Times)

Ka-ching: Alex Timbers, artistic director of the New York theater group Les Freres Corbusier, is in talks to direct a movie adaptation of the children's novel "Heck" for MGM. (Playbill)

Audacious: An art student in Poland covertly hung one of his works in a museum in the city of Wroclaw. (Associated Press)

Farewell: Opera Boston, which announced last month that it would shut down, is defending its decision and has provided more details about its financial situation. (Boston Business Journal)

Closing: "Relatively Speaking," the Broadway production of short plays by Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen, will end its run on Jan. 29. (

Ambitious: The Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York has plans for a $64-million expansion. (WETM News)

Stepping down: John C. Fry, president of Fry's Electronics, is expected to resign as chairman of Ballet San Jose's board of directors. (San Jose Mercury News)

Jail: A man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in a plot to sell forged paintings that he claimed to be the work of a renowned Louisiana folk artist. (Associated Press)

Windfall: The Miami Science Museum has received a $10-million matching pledge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (Miami Herald)

In the running: A street art rendering of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has appeared in Beverly Hills. (Beverly Hills Patch)

Free money: Atlanta Ballet is receiving a $2-million grant from the Goizueta Foundation. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

In the L.A. Times: A look at ice sculptures at the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China.

-- David Ng

Photo: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, after a Christmas Day service at the royal country retreat of Sandringham. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images