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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 6:00 pm

Expect big art news out of City Council on Tuesday.

The reps will take up a contract between the city and New York’s Guggenheim Museum to bring some of its masterpieces, including works by Cezanne and Picasso, to the El Paso Museum of Art over a two-year period starting next fall. We hear it’s the first such project for the Guggenheim.

Out of the library

We also hear there’s a new face in charge of fundraising, also known as development, at UTEP.

It’s Robert Stakes, who’s been running the university library for years, with the fancy title of associate vice president for information resources and planning and director of the library. His new title is associate vice president for development and alumni relations.

He replaces Sylvia Acosta, who was in the job for about three years before she moved to University of California, Irvine, in September.

Catch him, if you can

Frank Abagnale, the man whose real life story was turned into the movie “Catch Me if You Can,” will be in El Paso next April to speak at the BBB’s fundraiser.

Abagnale was a con man who managed to pass himself off as a Pan Am pilot, doctor and prosecutor, making millions with forged checks, all before his 19th birthday.

It’s a great movie. Abagnale was played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks played the very frustrated federal agent who finally captured him.

Sad news

A real media guru and one of the funniest people we’ve ever known, Brad Cooper, passed away last Thursday at an El Paso hospital. He’d had stroke at his home in White Oaks, N.M.

Brad was a graphics designer, public relations wizard and writer who made the minutiae of everyday life absolutely hilarious. Living in New Mexico probably helped.

He was also an admitted “Olympiholic.” As he wrote after the Beijing Olympics: “I’ve got cheese in my refrigerator older than most of the female Chinese gymnasts. Since we can’t, like, cut an arm off and count the age rings, why not throw in the diaper and create a toddler division?

“And is it just me, or is there something not right with the phrase ‘the sport of trampoline?’”

Keep ‘em laughing, Brad.

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