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In 1976, Tim Hildebrandt and his twin brother, Greg, caused a sensation with their Lord of the Rings calendar. Their luxurious images brilliantly combined Norman Rockwell’s uncanny draftsmanship with the cartoony optimism of Walt Disney; their dozen paintings of hobbits and dragons were as densely detailed as Tolkien’s text. Two more Tolkien calendars were produced, in 1977 and 1978, selling more than a million copies. The “Brothers Hildebrandt” industry (The Sword of Shanarra books, collector plates, the original poster for Star Wars) would win every award available. The Hildebrandts led separate careers for a while, and, in 1983, Tim lent his talents to the film Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn, shot on low-budget 16 mm in New Jersey. The sharp-toothed tadpole monsters that live in a basement and scare the teenagers upstairs are his. At 8 p.m. at the Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW. $2 (suggested donation). (202) 736-1732. (Dave Nuttycombe)