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Done in moderation, celebratory cake-eating isn’t hazardous to your health. But when the baker is celebrating the centennial b-day of Salvador Dali, I’d advise against letting the sweet stuff tempt you. The Catalonian painter of melting clocks and surrealistic musings on Vermeer was prone to trickery, what with that horrific eye-slicing scene in Un Chien Andalou, those poor flying cats, and that time he sent a harp with barbed-wire strings to Harpo Marx. Once a surrealist, always insane—and do you really want to be taking chances with your desserts? Eye The Three Ages in three-tiered chocolate ganache with suspicion when Kenneth Jassie lectures on the life works of Salvador Dali (with funky cakes to follow) at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $45. (202) 357-3030. (Cindy Fisher)