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Cindy Sherman’s faux film-still photos, starring herself in various movie-star guises, are purported to probe the nature of celluloid celebrity. Yet compared to the real thing—say, a ’50s-era publicity shot of Angie Dickinson lounging on a Technicolor couch—Sherman’s black-and-white series from the late ’70s seems a pretentious art-school exercise. (Tinseltown fame is like, uh, the weird product of this totally artificial process: Thanks for the revelation, Cindy.) Taking Sherman’s arch homage as a starting point, D.C.-based film-still photographer Dirck Halstead explains the genre in a slide-illustrated lecture, “What Sells Movie Stars? How Hollywood Publicity Stills Are Made” at 6:30 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Eddie Dean)