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It takes a shutdown for people to realize they like museums. [City Desk]

Private museums totally cool with Smithsonian closure. [Arts Desk]

Kennedy Center raises $1.3 million at fundraiser. [Washingtonian]

…and Kevin Spacey raises money for the arts—-because if there’s any actor who can terrify you into chucking your wallet into his hands and running away, it’s Kevin Spacey. [Huffington Post]

Get your shutdown party on at Sixth & I. [City Desk]

Won’t someone think of the books? [Politics & Prose]