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TO AUGUST 22
You’ve moved on: Almost a year ago, you wept hot tears for a dead, do-goody princess; now you surf cable (no need to sneak a peek at the tabs) for breaking news on Monica’s Oval Office exploits. Ah, how naive you were just last Labor Day. Yet as the first anniversary of Diana’s death nears, local writer-performer Alice Lipowicz refuses to get with the program. She freely admits that she’s still obsessed with Di’s memory (“Diana…is ripe for rediscovery,” she says), and this month she presides over no fewer than three Di-centric memorial events. In “I Cried for Princess Di,” an exhibit of Lipowicz-curated artwork at CAVE Gallery (through Aug. 22), Leslie Milofsky’s thoughtful photo-transparency collages are downright Di-friendly—though the show offers a range of responses, including the Bunuelian ghoulishness of Manon Cleary’s portrait in oils and Kenneth M. Winer’s wittily elegiac computer-manipulated photographs (Shrink-Wrapped Princess is pictured). On Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., also at CAVE, Lipowicz hosts an evening of poetry for the princess—mostly her own, she says. The series winds up promisingly at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, with the “Tiara Night Princess Di Memorial,” an all-Di cabaret featuring National Public Radio humorist Bob Garfield and assorted theater, fashion, and song—including a send-up of Elton John’s bathetic revision of “Candle in the Wind.” Revisit ’97’s innocence at CAVE Gallery, 1635 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 483-2599; and Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road. NW. $5. (202) 332-2211. (John DeVault)