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To hear art and architecture groupies talk these days, you’d think half the world’s off to Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region to see Frank Gehry’s new Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It’s a seemingly divine creation, a storm-tossed schooner with titanium sails parked on the city’s waterfront. Tonight, Scott Gutterman, the Guggenheim’s public affairs director, talks and shows slides of the building’s construction. Gehry uses arcane aerospace software to design and computer-cut the complex geometries of his forms. But many folks know all that stuff by now, so maybe somebody should ask Gutterman about the culturally colonial deal the Guggenheim cut with the Basque government to build the museum: The government was anxious to boost the region’s image beyond the specter of violent separatists, so it put up nearly all its public arts funds to build the museum, and pretty much told the native cultural community to go jump in the Nervion River. The Basque people are stuck paying twice. At 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12. (202) 272-2448. (Bradford McKee)