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Do you scoff when you pass a McDonald’s? Do you laugh derisively when someone mispronounces the word “croissant”? Do you tingle when you see a photo of Mickey Rourke? Do you smell? If so, don’t miss this “French Genealogy” lecture by John Colletta, where you’ll learn how to trace your Gallic forbears back to their squalid little bicoques in the Dordogne. (Alternatively, take a trip to the National Zoo’s amphibian house, where you can see French relatives in the flesh.) At 9:30 a.m. at the National Archives, Rm. 410, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 501-6694. (David Plotz)

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