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Monster Mash: Liberace Museum in Vegas to close; British Museum gets windfall donation

September 13, 2010 |  8:13 am

Liberace -- All that glitters: The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas has announced plans to close in October due to financial difficulties. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

-- Windfall: The British Museum in London has received a $38.6-million donation from Lord Sainsbury, a supermarket billionaire. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Staying put: CBS will broadcast the Tony Awards ceremony through at least 2013. (Playbill)

-- Painstaking work: Conservation experts unveil ancient wall paintings in the Jordanian city of Petra that have been restored. (Reuters)

-- Priceless artifact: The British Museum said it will lend Iran an ancient artifact known as the Cyrus Cylinder for a period of four months. (Bloomberg)

-- Change of pace: British stage actor Simon Russell Beale will make his ballet debut in "Alice in Wonderland" at the Royal Opera House. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Live long and prosper: An opera performed in the Klingon language from "Star Trek" debuts in the Netherlands. (MSNBC)

-- Star power: Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch are expected to star in a film version of "Killer Joe," adapted from the play by Tracy Letts, directed by William Friedkin. (Variety)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The new $578-million RFK school complex opens on the site of the old Ambassador Hotel; Placido Domingo is in talks to continue his role as general director of the L.A. Opera.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times