(Dame Vivienne Westwood (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Palladium Jewelry) )
Controversy: Smithsonian issues a directive to avoid controversies over content, such as David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly” in the future. (ARTNews)

Pats on the Back: The American Society of Magazine Editors announced finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards yesterday, with the New Yorker nominated nine times. (ASME)

Sounds to Remember: Today, the Library of Congress added 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry. (Washington Post)

So Long, Farewell: Balmain ends its five-year collaboration with Christophe Decarnin. (WWD)

Regrettable Remarks: Vivienne Westwood continues insulting people, revealing she doesn’t like New York City in an interview with W Magazine. (W) (New York Magazine)

Still Speculating: The Times of London maintains that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen will make Kate’s Middleton’s wedding gown. They predict London-based label Issa will design a simpler gown for the reception. (CBS News)

Verbal Attacks: The Los Angeles Times doesn’t think Washington City Paper’s tongue-in-cheek take on the Gauguin attack is funny. (Los Angeles Times)

Piano Man: A century-old piano owned by Seth Avett of the North Carolina-based Avett Brothers goes up for auction today on Ebay. Proceeds benefit a women’s shelter. (Washington Post)

Anniversaries: Preparations begin for Milan Design Week, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. (WWD)