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WEDNESDAY

Tonight a number of experts including skier Liv Arnesen, Norwegian journalist-adventurer Ragnar Kvam, and archaeologist Noel Broadbent will “consider the reasons Norway has produced so many great explorers.” And—in a tradition that probably starts sometime before Leif Ericson beat Christopher Columbus to the New World—it certainly has. But these modern times have got to be depressing for the fearless-seeming Norwegians. I mean, where the hell else can you go? Oh, yeah: Up. That infinity called “space.” And since no one else seems to really have the cash or the heart (well, I don’t have the cash), humanity needs Norway to build a spaceship—and maybe some space helmets with horns. Now that shit would be intrepid. Arnesen, Kvam, and Broadbent speak at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $10.( 202) 357-3030. (Mike Kanin)