Vermeer painting on view at Getty in L.A.

Fans of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer have a rare opportunity to see one of his paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

“Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,” painted in 1663-64, is on loan from the Rijksuseum in Amsterdam, which has allowed the work to travel while the Rijksmuseum is closed for renovations.

Vermeer lived in Delft and is known for his serene portraits of domestic life. Only about three dozen of his works are known to exist and they often generate a great deal of public interest when they are displayed.

There are no other Vermeers on exhibit in Los Angeles, though his famed “Girl With the Pearl Earring” is on view until June 2 at the de Young in San Francisco.

The Getty showing ends March 31 so the painting can return to Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum’s reopening on April 13. Visit online at

George Washington’s library taking shape

— A $47 million library dedicated to promoting the ideals of George Washington and scholarship about the founding father is scheduled to open in late September.

The center will serve as a presidential library of sorts, but it will not be part of the National Archives.

It will also be home for a rotating group of scholars who will live at the estate and study various topics related to the founding fathers and Washington’s life.

The library also plans to host conference groups that want to hold their events in a historic setting. Visit

McCartney, Mumford top Bonnaroo lineup

There will be a British invasion of the main stage at Bonnaroo this year.

Paul McCartney and Mum-ford & Sons are among headliners for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 13-16.

Returnees Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers also hold down a headliner spot. There’s also R&B star R. Kelly, alternative queen Bjork and Wu-Tang Clan celebrating its 20th anniversary. Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, A$AP Rocky, Nas and ZZ Top also top the list.

The festival hosts more than 120 acts. Tickets are on sale. Visit

2012: 3.2 million visited Rocky Mountain Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — The National Park Service estimates more than 3.2 million people visited Rocky Mountain National Park last year.

Park officials say unusual weather, construction on a major park road and wildfires affected visitor numbers.

Wire reports