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Monster Mash: Ancient oasis city discovered in Egypt; Schiele painting back in Austria following legal dispute

August 25, 2010 |  7:56 am


-- Major find: Archaeologists have discovered the site of what was once an oasis city in ancient Egypt. (Bloomberg)

-- Back home: A painting by Austrian artist Egon Schiele returns to Vienna after a lengthy legal dispute. (Agence France-Presse, via Montreal Gazette)

-- Star lineup: This year's New Yorker Festival will include appearances by Pee-wee Herman, Werner Herzog, Patricia Clarkson and more. (The New Yorker)

-- Exiting the stage: Katie Finneran, who won a Tony this year for the musical "Promises, Promises," is pregnant and is scheduled to leave the show Oct. 10. (Playbill)

-- Literary lion: Vaclav Havel, the playwright and former Czech president, has completed what is likely to be his final film. (CBC)

-- New appointment: The Oakland Ballet names Graham Lustig, former head of the American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey, as its new artistic director. (Newark Star-Ledger)

-- Real-life experience: The Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., adds another former spy to its staff. (Art Daily)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight ponders the future of Eli Broad's new museum; the Mark Taper Forum announces its 2011 season.

-- David Ng

Photo: Egyptian worker on the site of the new discovery of remains of a substantial settlement at al-Kharga Oasis. Credit: Agence France-Presse / Getty