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Like Gertrude Stein, Renate Stendhal’s first language was German, her second English, and her third French; this, Stendhal supposes, helps in her appreciation for—if not always full comprehension of—Stein’s enigmatic, bilingual wordplay. Stendhal also finds Stein’s self-assured, calculatedly unfashionable appearance compelling, and so has compiled Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures, an illustrated volume featuring 100 previously unpublished photos of the expatriate (s)hero. “Her two kinds of “texts,’ her eccentric story-telling photographs, the visionary composition of her words, continue to shock, challenge, ravish,” writes Stendhal, who presents a slide show of the Stein photos and discusses their literary/artistic implications tonight at 6 p.m. at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 462-6969. (Nathalie op de Beeck)