Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough announces he’ll retire in 2014. [Arts Desk]

Helen Hayes Awards to be split into two tiers. [Arts Desk]

Local theater leaders react to the Helen Hayes reforms. [D.C. Theatre Scene]

Read this: Monica Hesse digs deep into a local guy’s plans to send a pair of local rappers, Pacman and Peso, to North Korea. [Post]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest schedule announced [Arts Desk]

More about Valerie Plame‘s spy novel, Blowback [Post]

Check out plans for the new West End Library. [WBJ]

The National Book Festival doesn’t expect the Navy Yard shooting to impact attendance this weekend. [WBJ]

An interview with Sunwolf, makers of this year’s best local rock anthem (thus far) [D.C. Music Download]

Brendan Canty reviews Múm. [The Talkhouse]