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WEDNESDAY

“On our wedding night, Desi woke me out of a sound sleep,” Lucille Ball remembers in her recently discovered autobiographical manuscript. “‘What is it? What’s the matter?’ I thought the hotel must be on fire. ‘I’m thirsty,’ he explained. ‘Please get me a glass of water.’ I was out of bed and running the tap in the bathroom before I woke up sufficiently to wonder why the hell he didn’t get it himself.” The newly published Love Lucy chronicles Ball’s life up to 1964, detailing the rise of Desilu, the monstrously successful television studio, and the fall of her once-fiery relationship with Desi Arnaz. Their daughter, Lucie Arnaz, reminisces about her parents with the very scary Arch Campbell in the Smithsonian Associates program, “Everybody Loves Lucy!,” at 7 p.m. at the Department of the Interior’s Main Auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Elisa Nader)