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SATURDAY

As I was walking up to Adams Morgan from Georgetown early Tuesday afternoon, I couldn’t help noticing that—unlike the guy from the Bureau of National Affairs I’d met while watching CNN in a pizzeria or the guy hoofing it home to 16th Street from his Rosslyn office—construction workers didn’t get the day off. Countering the strategies against the architecture of Osama bin Laden (or whomever) with their own modest efforts at knocking the future into shape, they were still on the job. Honor their kind (and perhaps prepare to join their number) at the Festival of the Building Arts. Tradespeople representing outfits from the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 100 to the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association will teach the public what it takes to put buildings up. We’ve seen enough of the way they come down. At 10 a.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. (202) 272-2448. Please call ahead to verify that this event is happening. (Glenn Dixon)