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Unsolved Art Mysteries: WHODUNIT?

The Case of the Pilfering “Policemen” by Leticia Marie Sanchez                 WHO: Two art burglars disguised as policemen WHAT: The greatest art heist in world history WHERE: Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum WHEN: October 18, 1990 WHY: $500 million dollars worth of art Paging Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard! This month marks the 20th anniversary of the biggest art heist in world history. On March 18, 1990 thieves donning policemen costumes pilfered more than $500 million dollars worth of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. At one in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day, the portrait purloiners approached the venerable museum, telling the unseasoned night guards that they were investigating a disturbance. Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt Admitted through the side door, they

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News: LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs saved from budget slash…for now

Due to its dire fiscal straits, the LA City Council considered a bill this month that would have slashed the funding from LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The proposal re-evaluated the $1 tax per $100 in hotel room charges that results in about $10 million of funding per year for the Department of Cultural Affairs. Due to the intense public outcry that included thousands of emails, letters, and a viral campaign on Twitter and Facebook, the motion to  was “filed” away. “As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.” — Adlai E. Stevenson

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Mammoth Skeleton Found in LA Parking Lot

A  Mammoth Skeleton from the Ice Age, now referred to as “Zed,” discovered in a parking lot in LA’s Hancock Park. For the Full Story Read:,0,7775847.story Mammoth Skeleton from the same era as Zed. A new twist to LA Road Rage: fighting Woolly Mammoths for parking spaces.

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During an economic downturn is Art a luxury or a necessity?

By Leticia Marie Sanchez   “When I get a little money, I buy books;  And if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”         ~ Desiderius Erasmus ~  The Los Angeles Times reports that the troubles of the Pasadena Symphony, Opera Pacific, and the Geffen Contemporary represent but a few examples of artistic collateral damage in Los Angeles. When the economy goes down, arts are the first to get slashed from any budget. People simply cannot afford the arts, that muse who sits too lofty on Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs. Or can they?        A quick observation of Pasadena’s Old Town on a recent Saturday evening reveals crowds with still-disposable incomes huddled inside the Cheesecake Factory waiting to spend their dollars on a caloric feast. Let them eat cheesecake. Lines of designer label-clad youth still line

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In the News: Mozart Discovery

Original Mozart Music Discovered in Nantes, France Staff of a Library in Nantes, France discovered the draft of an unknown original piece by Mozart. According to Ulrich Lesinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, the handwriting gives away its famous author. “There’s no doubt that this is an original piece handwritten by Mozart.” Mozart’s preliminary draft consists of a melody sketch and was discovered in the library’s archives. AP Photo/David Vincent For the full Associated Press Story, please visit:;_ylt=Al.Fr6jVjdNfcQAqgzpHtRflWMcF

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Art Heist: LA

LA Mystery: The Case of the Purloined Paintings…  According to the LA Times, art thieves plundered an Encino home on August 23, robbing a dozen valuable paintings including works by Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, and Lyonel Feninger. A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the paintings’ return.,0,331129.story?page=1&track=rss

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A bright candle for Peace

    Picasso, Dove of Peace, 1949     Pippa Bacca, an Italian performance artist on a mission to promote peace and cultural understanding was murdered during her journey last spring. Peace is one of the highest goals of art. May Pippa’s idealistic spirit always be remembered as well as her desire to bridge cultures. She did not see geographic boundaries as limiting; she saw the whole world as her home. As Roman author Gaius noted almost two thousand years ago, “Home is where the heart is.” Home is not simply our residence, our state, nor even our country. Home is a place where we can all live together in peace. For the full story read:,0,6381255.story

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Step Away from the Lamb: Guards mean business at BCAM

 “Step away from the Lamb and no one gets hurt!” “There will be no Hirst Heist today, buddy.” The LA Times reports that pistol-carrying guards protect Damien Hirst’s Away from the Flock at BCAM. Realistic preventative measure? Or disruption to the artistic experience? It’s up to you to decide. For the full story read:,0,5511934.story

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Cry Me a River! Oldest Bust of Caesar found in the Rhone

  I came. I saw. I was thrown overboard.   From today’s news:

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