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“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh,” observed quote-master G.B. Shaw. Which is a pompously roundabout way of saying that, although the almost always amusing Root Boy Slim is no longer with us, we may still boogie ’til we puke. The sudden passing of the philosopher/rock-monster (Slim, not Shaw) left many local fans and friends wanting one last laugh and/or tear with the behemoth of the comedy blues. Thus, today’s “Salute to Root.” Those wishing a spiritual send-off may attend the 11 a.m. memorial service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2430 K St. NW.; a musical adieu follows at the Bayou, where a variety of former bandmates and Rootettes, including Ron Holloway, Tom Lepson, and Bob Greenlee, will take the stage from 1 to 5 p.m. 3135 K St. NW. $5 (benefits educational and homeless organizations). (301) 460-8394. (Dave Nuttycombe)