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WEDNESDAY

Ann Telnaes’ version of George W. Bush features not only monkey ears and a smirk, but a beanie with a propeller. Some might say that’s gilding the lily, but it’s in keeping with the over-the-top style of the syndicated editorial cartoonist, whose pointed satires and elegant, Hirschfeldesque lines won her the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Her Pulitzer portfolio is a nauseating dose of nostalgia for us lefties: In one beautifully composed frame, a trio of Republicans pose in front of a giant star: a wild-eyed Dick Cheney and a somewhat wizened Bush Senior stand, arms outstretched, with a boyish, short-pantsed Dubya dangling between them. “Stand up straight, boy,” the elder Bush advises. Ah, those wacky pre-9/11 days. A more recent, post-2004-election cartoon is more ominous: an antenna, topped by a security camera, forming the mast of an upside-down American flag. Drown your November sorrows at a wine-and-cheese reception celebrating Humor’s Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes at 6:30 p.m. at the American News Women’s Club, 1607 22nd St. NW. $15. (202) 332-6770. (Pamela Murray Winters)