Scream Thief Believed Dead

“A 27-year-old man who died this month is believed to be one of three masked gunmen who snatched the Edvard Munch paintings The Scream and Madonna from an Oslo museum in August 2004. The same man is reported to have led police to believe the daring daylight heist was linked to an earlier robbery in which a police officer was shot… The man is reported to have confessed his role in the Munch heist on tape while in conversation with an undercover officer.”

Playgoers Eager For Homework: Must Be Stoppard Fans

“The audience, as much as the play, is worth the price of admission as it wrestles at Lincoln Center with ‘The Coast of Utopia,’ Tom Stoppard’s beguilingly complex resurrection of Russia’s 19th-century intelligentsia. … Between the acts, overheard snatches of audience dialogue burnished the evening as characters were plumbed or at least kept straight. ‘Who was Alexander Herzen, precisely?’ (Ah, the playwright’s tease: Come back for the next two parts to see Herzen dramatically intuit the terror of a revolutionary future.) ‘I guess I’ll have to read Isaiah Berlin’s essays on these guys.’ (Homework, gladly self-assigned, the ultimate compliment to Stoppard.)”

Or Maybe He Just Wanted To Watch Everyone Go Nuts Over It

Exactly what was Lorin Maazel thinking when he, apparently out of the blue, publicly nominated Daniel Barenboim to be his successor at the helm of the New York Philharmonic? It’s unlikely that Maazel will have any influence over the search process, and Barenboim was apparently shocked to be mentioned. “He might simply have highlighted the difficulty of finding conductors of the highest stature to lead such U.S. orchestras as those in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, all of which are looking for new music directors.”

There’s A Use For Your Twisted Sister Videos

“While the headlines lately have been about television networks pulling their content or cutting deals with sites such as YouTube, we seem to be missing a bigger phenomenon. Millions of people hoarding vast, arcane and previously useless boxes of VHS (and in some cases, I suspect, Beta) tapes are discovering the Internet and are quietly posting their collections of bizarre minutiae.”

Making Movies With Diana And RFK

From “The Queen” to “Bobby,” from “Good Night, and Good Luck” to “Flags of Our Fathers,” more and more movies are integrating documentary footage with dramatic footage. The use of old footage is nothing new. “But what’s significant about these movies of late is the way they use archival material. Rather than as gimmickry, or shorthand, filmmakers are choreographing full-on tangos with the past. They’re — almost literally — dancing cheek to cheek with history.”

Expanding Corcoran Buys D.C. School

The Corcoran Gallery of Art has agreed to pay $6.2 million to buy the Randall School from the District of Columbia. “But gaining the site wasn’t easy. A holdover from the early 20th century, the building was last used as a school in 1978. The city installed a men’s shelter in part of the building, and artists leased other parts for studios. When the Corcoran’s plans were announced two years ago, advocates for the homeless protested, as did the artists, who complained about the lack of affordable studio space in Washington.”