Monster Mash: Search is on for Van Gogh painting; rallies over ground zero mosque

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Missing: Officials in Egypt have launched a search for a Vincent Van Gogh painting, pictured at left, that was stolen from a Cairo museum over the weekend. (The Guardian)

Pros and cons: Defenders and detractors of the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero hold rallies in New York. (Los Angeles Times and Reuters)

Career move: Rumor has it that Michael Brand, the former head of the Getty Museum who stepped down earlier this year, will be named director of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. (ArtInfo)

On a roll: Neil Patrick Harris wins two Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony Awards ceremony and guest starring in ‘Glee.’ (Los Angeles Times)


Curtain call: Louise Kennedy, the theater critic for the Boston Globe, bids adieu. (Boston Globe)

Hard lessons: Arts teachers in New York are learning to make do with less and less. (New York Observer)

Passing: Christoph Schlingensief, the celebrated German theater and opera director, dies of lung cancer at age 49. (Deutsche Welle)

Also in the L.A. Times: OCPAC and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County report modest budget surpluses.

-- David Ng