There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

At Least Vince Gray Hasn’t Proposed an Artistic Loyalty Oath: Leaders of D.C.’s art scene aren’t thrilled with the current state of things, but The Post‘s Philip Kennicott finds it’s much worse in Bahrain. The island monarchy, usually a regional patron of the arts (as well as the occasional series at the Kennedy Center), has all but shuttered its cultural institutions since Shiite protests against the Sunni leadership began in March. Museums are closed, performances are being cancelled, and the culture minister tells Kennicott that “real Bahraini artists…are loyal to the government.”

Even Philippa’s a Bit Freaked Out: In what has to be her most oddball acquisition yet, Phillipa Hughes has added a girl in a bubble to her personal collection. TBD’s Maura Judkis and City Paper‘s Arin Greenwood checked out the curious case of Agnes Bolt, the young woman living in the bubble, often while wearing a Hughes-shaped papier-maîché hat. And there are wacky preconditions, like an obligatory kiss by Hughes on the cheek of the bubble girl each morning. Hughes is blogging the whole thing too.

Colorful Snakes Good, Gaga Bad: More tattoo advice from U Street Music Hall co-owner Jesse Tittsworth‘s blog. Go for colorful hydras and richly-textured skulls. Avoid Lady Gaga. And Rivers Cuomo is screwed.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Side by Side With Sondheim reviewed. Mike Rhode talks to Liz Suburbia.