We all know the Kennedy Center is having financial problems. Didn't James Wolfensohn, the center's chairman, tell Congress that the nation's performing arts center urgently needs $45 million -- which includes $30 million for repairs and renovations on the nearly 20-year-old building? But does Wolfensohn need to be part of the cleaning crews? Dressed in a spotless white T-shirt and spanking new sweat pants and sneakers, Wolfensohn, some 182 volunteers from the center's administrative staff, the cast of the long-running "Shear Madness" and members of some of the unions spread out yesterday to do a little volunteer cleaning up.

Though this amateur cleaning crew wasn't making a significant dent in the center's repair bills, Wolfensohn was well aware that by being seen cleaning the glass in front of the poster for "The Playboy of the Western World," he was making a statement about his commitment. It was, of course, great for photo ops, and since no one was assigned any complicated cleaning tasks, no damage was done. By day's end, the large glass showcases in the Hall of Nations and Hall of States were cleaner, a hallway on the second floor of the Opera House rehearsal area had a new coat of cream-colored paint, the ficus trees in the grand foyer were spruced up and the outside planters in the plaza were weed-free.

Out and About

Martha Griffiths, the feisty former representative from Michigan who is now the state's lieutenant governor, is coming to town tomorrow for a speech at the National Press Club that might be different from what's expected. The 78-year-old idol of the feminists is supposed to be speaking about the feminist movement, but there are reports that Michigan Gov. James Blanchard wants to dump her from his ticket, and she is not likely to go gently into that good night. The whole issue will be resolved at the Democratic State Convention in Flint, Mich., this weekend, but not before Griffiths has something to say. Griffiths, who retired from Congress in 1975 after 10 terms, once wrote a letter to United Airlines protesting its policy of requiring stewardesses to be young, single and attractive. "What are you doing," she demanded, "running an airline or a whorehouse? ...

Donald Trump's second book, "Surviving at the Top," will hit the New York Times bestseller list this weekend. It's climbing the charts faster that his previous bestseller, "The Art of the Deal." It's probably a book that can't miss, with all the publicity about Marla Maples and other Trump-disasters that have been plaguing the former billionaire. Trump, not unexpectedly, doesn't see it as a case of people being interested in his problems. In a restrained statement for him, he said, "It's a great honor to again have a No. 1 bestseller. This book hit the No. 1 spot even sooner than 'The Art of the Deal.' I am really happy that people like it so much" ...

Columnist and emcee-about-town Mark Shields said he has learned that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim had some special words for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein when they met last week. According to Shields, Waldheim turned to the Iraqi strongman and said: "Saddam, I worked for Adolf Hitler. I knew Adolf Hitler. And believe me, Saddam, you're no Adolf Hitler" ...