“It’s basically a completely overblown toilet,” says architect Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian Castle. [Post]

DC Advocates for the Arts protest Mayor Vince Gray‘s proposed arts budget. [DC Advocates for the Arts]

Smithsonian also wants a budget increase, to the tune of $59 million. [AP via WJLA]

Textile Museum hires a new director. [Washington Business Journal]

The Washington Post‘s editorial board weighs in on the Corcoran/University of Maryland partnership. [Post]

Nine D.C. libraries closed yesterday due to excessive heat. [Post]

Philip Sherburne interviews local electronic music producer and DJ Maxmillion Dunbar. [Spin]

Paperhaus files its first tour diary. [D.C. Music Download]