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A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.

Tuesday, January 19
Hear all the secrets of the 2008 presidential campaign from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, at Politics and Prose. The book looks at the inside stories of the three major political camps, offering revealing tales from the historic race. The event begins at 7.

Wednesday, January 20
Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie spent a week ingesting and inhaling common household and workplace materials in order to study the effects on their bodies. Hear the stories of their experiences as well as the companies and governments that ignore the hazards posed by these materials as the authors discuss their book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things, at Busboys and Poets. The event is at the 14th and V streets location at 6:30.

Thursday, January 21
The Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture hosts a lecture exploring the connection between Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley as part of its Face-to-Face Portrait Talk. Jason Schultz, archivist at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, is the speaker. The event begins at 6, and attendees should meet in the F Street lobby.

Friday, January 22
In a time when e-readers flood bookstores and bytes begin to replace paper, the National Gallery of Art will host a lecture titled “The History of Books and the Digital Future,” featuring the director of the Harvard University Library. The lecture begins at 4:30 in the auditorium of the East Building concourse.

Saturday, January 23
The Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture celebrates the 75th birthday of the King with an all-day Elvis Presley event. Included in the program are curator-led tours of Elvis exhibits, Elvis-tribute performances, a discussion and book signing with the author of Elvis: My Best Man, and a screening of Elvis’s film Viva Las Vegas. The events begin at 11:30.

Sunday, January 24
Chill out with some Sunday-night jazz at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage as the John Jensen Quartet performs. Jensen is a jazz trombonist and member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. The performance begins at 6.

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Michael J. Gaynor has written about fake Navy SEALs, a town without cell phones, his Russian spy landlord, and many more weird and fascinating stories for the Washingtonian. He lives in DC, where his landlord is no longer a Russian spy.