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Briefly leaving the world of wookiees for the city of wonks, Star Wars creator George Lucas will today receive the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his work, which is the subject of an exhibition opening this Friday at the Air and Space Museum. This “Smithsonian Tribute to George Lucas” includes some remarks from Lucas, the world-premiere screening of a short documentary, Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, and a panel discussion by three members of Lucas’ creative team, visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren, sound effects director Ben Burtt, and Star Wars Special Edition producer Rick McCallum. At 3 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $35. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)