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“Captain 20’s Children,” an exhibition on view to today at Transformer Gallery, is a visual homage to a long-lost time and place: Washington in the ’70s and ’80s, when a mustachioed kiddie-show host for WDCA Channel 20 was a televised parent to legions of local latchkey kids. And now Daddy’s coming home: Dick Dyszel, the Captain himself, will be making a short appearance on the last day of the exhibition to meet up with the offspring he never knew. Dyszel played Captain 20 from 1972 until 1987, when the station’s new owner eliminated local programming, killing off both Captain 20 and Dyszel’s other alter ego, Count Gore De Vol, the vampire host of WDCA’s campy late-night “Creature Feature.” “I can honestly say there wasn’t a TV personality in Washington on the air more,” says Dyszel, 56, now a DJ-for-hire in the Chicago suburbs. “[Captain 20] was just always there. And he was fun.” Captain 20 makes an appearance at 2 p.m. at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. Free. (202) 483-1102. (David Morton)