Monster Mash: Palace Theatre gets a makeover; butter cow sculptor dies; South Korea public-art backlash

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Special gift: L.A.’s Downtown Palace Theatre, designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh, gets a $1-million restoration to mark its 100th birthday. (Los Angeles Times)

Yes, butter: The longtime sculptor of Iowa State Fair’s butter cow has died at age 81. (Des Moines Register)

Sorry, Frank Stella: South Korea has an issue with its public-art requirement, symbolized by an avant-garde sculpture. (Los Angeles Times)


Making amends: Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts agrees to pay restitution in a Nazi art case. (Boston Globe)

Big opening: Lorin Maazel launches his Castleton Festival by conducting Puccini’s “La Bohème” live for the first time. (Washington Post)

Goal of 200,000: BBC launches Your Paintings, a website designed to catalog every oil painting in the national collection. (Art Daily)

Betting on success: California Philharmonic is moving to Santa Anita Park race track for its outdoor summer concerts. (Los Angeles Times)

Wanted: The only surviving photograph of Billy the Kid sells at auction for $2 million. (Denver Post)

Cone of silence: Don’t expect to hear from Ai Weiwei via Twitter. (BBC)

Making it legal: Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris tweets his excitement about New York passing the marriage equality bill and says he’s ready to get married after his five-year engagement to David Burtka. (Ministry of Gossip)

Refurbishment time: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will close for six months next year for renovations. (BBC)

Checking on his musical: Stephen Sondheim makes an appearance at the first preview performance of “Road Show” in London. (Los Angeles Times)

Speaking of London: James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines will reprise their performances in Broadway’s ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ on London’s West End. (Playbill)

Anyone surprised? The Tony Awards help box-office revenues. (Variety)

A little help from some friends: L.A. Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta goes to Kickstarter for a debut CD at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Kickstarter)

Breaking up is hard to do: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group maps out its 2013 split. (Variety)

Together again: Barbra Streisand is reteaming with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman for a new album. (Wall Street Journal)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Mark Swed reviews Eric Whitacre’s ‘Paradise Lost’ at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

-- Lisa Fung