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Earnestness Abounds: Fox News has this kind of really painful to watch clip starring Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. “I don’t hate it. It’s an adorable expression. But the Smithsonian is more than an attic,” says Clough when interviewer Chris Wallace asks him his feelings on the term “the nation’s attic.”

Kandy-Kolored Blah Blah I Don’t Have the Energy For This— Someone wrote a play about Tom Wolfe, stringing together phrases from his books, and said play (WOLFE! The Electric Kool-Aid Ice-Cream-Suited Right Stuff Man-in Full-On-the-Beat) will be performed at the Newseum tomorrow. The Man in the White Suit himself will be there, which may or may not justify the pricey tickets ($100 for non-Newseum members).

Flair for the Dramatic: Andrew Beaujon speculates that Patrick Howley, the American Spectator reporter that bum-rushed a Smithsonian security guard under the guise of protesting with Occupy DC, may (or may not) have had a burgeoning career as a playwright. Somehow, Tiffani Thiessen is involved in this, too. I’m sufficiently confused, and possibly convinced.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Raheem DeVaughn arrested! Shiny, new Office of Future Plans!