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For me, the best part of taking a risk is the simple joy of bragging about it later. Like the time I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain: I tend to linger on the gory scenes of slowpokes being trampled in my wake and breeze over the superfluous details—like how I could have skipped backward, instead of running, and still easily avoided the bulls. But author—and, of late, trapeze artist—Sam Keen pursues treacherous activities for more noble reasons, such as exploring his creative potential—and selling books. In Learning to Fly, Keen transforms the high-flying, death-defying Big Top art into a metaphor for personal discovery. See if Keen’s philosophy flies with you when he leads a workshop on creativity and risk-taking at 2 p.m. at National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. For reservations call

(202) 783-7370. (Felix Gillette)