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Interact with artists, get behind the scenes at the White House, and check out the first black President—on film

Monday, November 8
In the age of the Internet, lots of artists are asking themselves a new question: to publish or to self-publish? Luckily for those young photographers searching for an answer, Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson can help. The co-authors of the forthcoming book Publish Your Photography Book are speaking at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at noon in conjunction with FotoWeek DC 2010.

Tuesday, November 9
April Smith’s vocal stylings are mostly an homage to times she never witnessed, a mixture of speakeasy flair and cabaret strut. But her performances are utterly modern. Smith and her band, the Great Picture Show, take the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage at 6.

Wednesday, November 10
As a part of a new exhibition, “Directions,” Hirshhorn Museum patrons have the opportunity to meet two of the artists that made the show possible. Mario Garcia Torres and Cyprien Gaillard will be on hand to discuss their noveau-style art with Kristen Hileman, the exhibit’s curator. 7 PM.

Thursday, November 11
In junction with the online magazine Words Without Borders, Reza Aslan talks about his book Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Aslan compiled pieces from the past 100 years of Middle Eastern literature to form the single volume, some of which are being published in English for the first time. He’ll be on hand to discuss his works (including No god But God) at Politics and Prose. 7 PM.

Friday, November 12
For its Heroes in Our Midst concert, the US Coast Guard Band decided to step away from a typical concert format. Instead of one set group of performers in one location, ensembles of varying sizes are performing songs memorializing various battles throughout George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW; 8 PM.

Saturday, November 13
Few people take the American public inside its President’s world quite like his official photographer. National Geographic producer John Bredar chronicles the work of various White House photographers in a new book, The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office. He’s reading from the book and signing copies as part of the Newseum’s Inside Media series. 2:30.

Sunday, November 14
The fictional movie The Man from 1972 tells the story of the acting president of the Senate, Douglass Dilman, who suddenly ascends to the presidency. The film’s protagonist, played by James Earl Jones, was the first black man to become President. The film screens at Busboys and Poets at 8 PM.

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