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Before he was the mouthpiece for the National Rifle Association, Charlton Heston was a spokesperson for all humanity as the doomed astronaut in Planet of the Apes and the frantic cop in Soylent Green. Yet the cover of Heston’s new autobiography, In the Arena, features a photo of Chuck with a shotgun cocked on his shoulder, and the text focuses on his roles in such celluloid epics as The Ten Commandments and El Cid. The hell with more gossip about Ben Hur—what was it like working with James Franciscus in Beneath the Planet of the Apes? In a discussion with American University film professor Jack Jorgens, Heston discusses his incredible career as Moses, Michelangelo, and Maj. Dundee. At 6 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium, 12th & Independence Ave. SW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Eddie Dean)