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Dennis Potter cranked out two miniseries scripts while he was dying of cancer a few years ago; sad to say, Karaoke was bad and Cold Lazarus was unwatchable. (I have tried to get through it several times, to no avail.) After such an unfortunate swan song, it is crucial that the rehabilitation of Potter’s reputation begin immediately, to get rid of the stench of his terminal works and remind us of the genius of his best ones. After all, the man wrote The Singing Detective, which may just be the best thing ever conceived for the small screen. Olney Theatre casting director David Jackson begins the reclamation process with “Celebrating Dennis Potter,” which will include clips spanning Potter’s career and readings from his novels and plays, just as Woolly Mammoth Theatre revives Brimstone and Treacle. At 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $16. (202) 639-1770. (James Lochart)