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A CBS News report discusses a ground-breaking new biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning writers who argue that Vincent Van Gogh may not have committed suicide, as has been long believed.  Instead, their evidence points to his being shot by wealthy, rowdy teenage boys. The teens had taken previous pleasure in bullying Van Gogh by pouring salt in his coffee, snakes in his paint can, and having their girlfriends torment him. The authors argue that although these teens shot Van Gogh, as he lay dying, he protected them from police, asking investigators not to accuse anyone of the crime.

For the full report, please see:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384904n&tag=re1.galleries

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by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year.

Sacré bleu!

Is nothing sacred ?

A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin.

The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year.

Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash.

The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you.

Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn.

The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure was a 43-year-old wall-climbing Serbian who managed to climb inside the museum. The clueless security guards outside were oblivious to the masked intruder within the museum walls strolling around for more than one hour cherry-picking works to his heart’s delight.

His nickname?

Spiderman.

For the full story, please read:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-france-art-garbage-20111010,0,7870046.story

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This Sunday’s New York Times discussed the opera sensation”Il Volo,” a popular teenage boy band that has teen girls swooning.

With appearances on TV shows like Entourage, can “Il Volo”  bring the love of opera to a mainstream teen audience?  “Il Volo” means “the flight”- let’s hope that opera takes off in a wide audience of music-loving teens.

For the full story, please read:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/arts/music/il-volo-the-teenage-italian-singers-go-on-tour.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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Only three days after a Rembrandt drawing valued at $250,000 was snatched from the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, “The Judgement,” turned up mysteriously at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino. An assistant priest noticed the drawing placed inside his boss’ office. He assumed that it was a donation by a parishioner before recognizing the work as the stolen Rembrandt.

Questions abound:

Why did the art thief dump the painting in the church? Was it a spiritual crisis of conscience? Or a convenient place without security cameras? Did the title of Rembrandt’s drawing, “The Judgement,” give the thief pause?

How did the art thief get access to the church’s inside office? Did he watch Ben Affleck’s heist-caper “The Town” too many times and don a nun disguise?

Do we know for a fact that the drawing dumped in the church is the real Mc Coy? Could it possibly be a copy to get the police off the criminal’s scent while the thief sells the real painting on the black market to a Rembrandt-loving oligarch? (This is one theory on the current location of Rembrandts stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum)

What happened to the person who “distracted” the curator with art chatter on Saturday at the Ritz, coincidentally at the very moment when the painting was snatched? The articles imply that this person was part of a team? Shouldn’t the loquacious interlocutor be an LAPD “person of interest?”

Why did the thief choose to take a Rembrandt from the sailing haven of Marina Del Rey to Encino? He could have made a seaside escape with his looted booty. Is it possible that the art thief is,in fact, a Valley Boy?

For the LA Times report please read:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0817-rembrandt-20110817,0,716178.story

Photo from LA Times by Irfan Khan: Detectives handle Rembrandt’s “The Judgement”

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This weekend, “The Judgement,” a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an evening exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. The work, worth more than $250,000, was snatched around 10:30 p.m during an evening event for potential buyers. The curator was temporarily distracted by a person, who may have been part of a team of art thieves. According to experts, more than 81 of Rembrandt’s works have been stolen over the past century.

For more information on the Marina del Rey heist, please read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/8702503/Rembrandt-stolen-in-well-planned-heist.html

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You heard it here first!

News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians.

This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said,

Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,” 

For the full story, please see:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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In honor of the birthday mobile sculptor inventor, Alexander Calder, play with a Calder-like mobile. The moving mobile will appear on Google search today Friday July 22. The left side of the interactive mobile reminds me of a hungry plant from the Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me!”

Before becoming an artist, Mr. Calder studied engineering. According to the Calder Foundation, one of the most profound experiences in Mr. Calder’s life occurred when he was working as a fireman on a Ship’s Boiler Room. When he awoke one day (on a ship heading from New York to San Francisco) he saw both a radiant sunrise and a resplendent full moon. At that moment the ship lay off the coast of Guatemala, and Calder could see each striking vista on opposite horizons. What an incredible sight that must have been…

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Angelenos

Do not fear.  

The end of days

is not near.


CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria 
Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed)

5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic

http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/

3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington

http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450

2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center.

http://www.musiccenter.org/

1. Breathe.

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Who: Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief

What: Steals Picasso 1962 sketch ““Tête de femme,” valued at $275,000 before heading to party in Napa

Where: San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell Streets

When: Tuesday the 5th of July

The man calmly removed the sketch from the wall of the gallery, wrapped it newspaper, and then walked out into the crowds at Union Square.

The brazen Picasso pilferer then hopped into a taxi, carefree as a lark, to join friends at a party in Napa, before being caught by police, who had caught his image from a security camera at a restaurant near the gallery.

For more on the story, please read:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/MNC41K7JHQ.DTL

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According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter.

According to the authors of the study,

Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.”

The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria

For the full Live Science article, “Mozart’s Death was written in the Key of (Vitamin) D,”

please see:

http://www.livescience.com/14925-mozart-death-vitamin.html

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