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Sometimes you just gotta “clean the slate.” That’s what former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez used to say when life started throwing too many curveballs. For Hernandez, the only way to handle the onslaught was to take a step back, get ridiculously shitfaced on fine spirits, and handle his worries in the morning. Yes, indeed: There’s nothing like a well-earned hangover to conjure some fresh perspective. Drew Jackman may not be able to hit a 95-mph fastball, but the managing partner of J. Paul’s sure can relate: In 1996, he started U. Booze to teach his waitstaff the finer points of serving first-class hooch to needful clients. Now, for the first time ever, the folks at J. Paul’s are offering an abbreviated version of U. Booze—which teaches everything from the subtleties of gin to the contents of a Woo Woo—to the general drinking public. So bag your shrink and grab a barstool at 6 p.m. at J. Paul’s Restaurant, 3218 M St. NW. $20 (proceeds benefit Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care). For reservations call (202) 333-3450. (Sean Daly)