A survey of the student music scene at George Washington University [D.C. Music Download]

Local author Ron Childress won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. [Post]

Conservators at the Phillips Collection are investigating a painting of a mystery man hidden under a famous Picasso. [DCist]

A portrait of Katy Perry dressed as a cupcake now hangs, God help us all, in the National Portrait Gallery. [Post]

Transformer’s summer plans include rotating 2D works from its FlatFile collection and a residency in Asbury Park, N.J. [East City Art]

Ben Schurr (Br’er) discusses his philosophy on music and the difference between D.C. and Philly. [BYT]

The Smithsonian honored Ralph Lauren for designing sportswear that clothed the American Dream. [Post]