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WEDNESDAY

Two decades is an eternity in Spanish-language newspapering. Latino Washington in 1977 was a speck of pimiento compared to the bustling paella it is today, and that’s when El Pregonero began its not-so-subtle mission to nudge a tiny immigrant community along the path to “Americanization.” Often razzed by competitors for having a comfy cushion (it’s published by a Roman Catholic subsidiary), El Pregonero has kept the faith anyway, dishing out local dispatches, consumer tips, and a heavenbent focus on informing and politicizing its readers on issues affecting immigrants. With a record like El Pregonero’s, it’s only fitting to celebrate los veinte with a symposium on Spanish-language media, “20 Years With El Pregonero,” including publisher Oscar Reyes, Rep. Esteban E. Torres, and C-SPAN communications specialist Pablo Izquierdo. Felicidades. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Tom Stabile)