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How to Build a Better Umbrella: Tuesday, it rained. Yesterday, it rained some more. Today, the downpour continues. All this rain got the Phillips Collection’ Experiment Station bloggers thinking about a meeting they once had with the Italian artist and designer Vito Acconci, who created something called the Umbruffla, a silken, expansive cocoon that envelops its carrier. “Ah, what a lovely sight a sidewalk-full of Umbrufflas would be!” No, it wouldn’t. That thing is huge and our sidewalks are already too full of people wrapped up in their Bluetooths to see where they’re going.

Fire Up the Maybach: Tickets for Wale‘s “Ambition” tour went on sale yesterday (pre-sale yesterday, Live Nation shakedown today), and TBD’s Sarah Godfrey has a slew of tour details. Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa are slated to do a few dates as guests; Alexandria’s Black Cobain is going on the entire three-month tour, which starts next week in South Carolina and ends Dec. 8 in Atlanta. (There’s a bunch of hometown shows in there, too.)

Pro Tip: Revenge is a dish best served cold. Minute Rice? Not so much, Deleted Scenes discovered while on tour.

Today on Arts Desk: Lots more interviews ahead of the Small Press Expo! The definitive tiny guide to DC Shorts expands!