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Ordinarily, formal scientific teachings and polytheism would seem mutually exclusive. But—in accordance with the deathbed wish of his Haitian grandfather—Max Beauvoir defied his Sorbonne chemistry training to become a Hugan, or high priest of Vodu (i.e., voodoo). Today, he’s a “mystical healer, soothsayer, exorcist, and counselor”; at today’s three-hour lecture, “The Power of Voodoo,” he explains the responsibilities of a guardian of African ancestral wisdom. At 3 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $20. For reservations call (202) 347-3601. (Nathalie op de Beeck)