Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM EDT

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Members of Columbian URBAN Circolombia group prepare their make-up prior to their dress rehearsal in the Budapest Circus on March 17, 2011. The circus was founded in 1994 by Felicity Simpson, an English woman living in Paris, and Fabio Covo, a Colombian circus artist for the street kids. Photo by Attila Kisbendek/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The House voted to cut funding for NPR on Thursday, via The Wall Street Journal.

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A see-thru lace dress worn by future pincess Kate Middleton in a fashion show the first time she was spotted by Prince William sold at auction for more than $125,000, via BBC.

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The CEO of the comedy franchise National Lampoon was arrested earlier in the week for running a Ponzi scheme, via Reuters.

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The U.S. government has formally demanded that the St. Louis Museum of Art return an ancient death mask to Egypt, via Reuters.

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A hearing that was scheduled today on whether or not to reopen the case on the Barnes Foundation’s move to Philadelphia has been postponed, via The Associated Press.

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In Los Angeles, valuable murals that depict the history of the region’s early black settlers may be removed from its location by the Smithsonian, irking preservationists who want it to stay, via The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.