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To some, urban survival means knowing what to do when your local barista is out of soy milk for your vegan latte. But not to Tom Brown Jr., author of Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival, Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking, and Tom Brown’s Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival. In this last, authoritative 1985 volume, the New Jersey native offers strategies for dealing not with wardrobe disasters but with true catastrophe: blizzards, tornadoes, nuclear attacks, and food shortages. (“Fashion means nothing in a survival situation,” he admonishes.) If you want survival advice that fits your urban lifestyle but doesn’t involve exfoliation tips, ditch whatever you may have gleaned from Gloria Gaynor and take notes at Brown’s “Survival Skills for City and Suburb” talk at 1:30 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $35. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mike DeBonis)