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Ars longa, vita brevisbut not this ars: You can think of Cuisine des Artistes: For the Art of It, an event that invites patrons to eat displayed artwork, as a meditation on evanescence. What, after all, is more fleeting than taste, which once registered is soon forgotten (and only in the rarest of instances, as with Proust and his madeleine, is borne aloft into memory)? And no doubt the folks who are behind this elaborately arrayed evening are hoping you will ponder just such weighty, thematic questions. Still, I’m inclined to see this showparticipation in which will run about the same as a very nice dinner for twoas a chance to scarf down a lot of really cool-looking nibbles and, not least, to regale my friends later with stories of the bizzarro things I ate in the name of experience. It begins at 7 p.m. at H.H. Leonards Mansion, 2020 O St. NW. $75-$95. For reservations call (202) 462-7833. (Todd Kliman)