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Monster Mash: The Obamas borrow artwork from museums; Tom DeLay quits dancing; Pee-wee Herman postpones

October 7, 2009 |  8:41 am

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--Executive decisions: The Obamas have borrowed about 45 works of art from various Washington, museums, including the George Catlin painting above. (New York Times)

--Off his feet: Former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay officially quits "Dancing With the Stars" due to stress fractures in both feet. (Los Angeles Times)

--Moving house: Pee-wee Herman pushes back the dates of his stage comeback and changes venues to  Club Nokia. (Los Angeles Times)

--Plot thickens: Investigators suspect that a recent art theft in Pebble Beach, Calif., could be an elaborate scam. (San Francisco Chronicle)

--Lone star culture: Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne discusses Dallas' latest cultural buildings. (Los Angeles Times)

--Still a dame: Maggie Smith gives a rare interview in which she talks about her recent illness and how it has affected her stage and film career. (London Times)

--Maestro's homecoming: Times music critic Mark Swed on the return of Michael Tilson Thomas to USC. (Los Angeles Times)

--Old is new: Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company is set to relaunch its research and development arm called the Studio. (Stage)

--Financial dispute: City Council members in Escondido are threatening to withhold funds from the California Center for the Arts. (North County Times)

--Operatic sale: Art and jewelry that belonged to the late soprano Beverly Sills are being auctioned in New York. (Associated Press)

--Recuperating: The daughter of Tony Roberts said the actor suffered a seizure on stage Saturday during a performance of "The Royal Family" on Broadway. (Associated Press)

-- David Ng

Photo: George Catlin's painting "Catlin and Indian Attacking Buffalo" (1861/1869) is on loan to the White House. Credit: Associated Press

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