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Autographs—proof merely that a celebrity once used ink—are entirely overrated. But it’s still nicely ironic that a U.S. Senate mug, John Hancocked and donated by Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), will raise money for the National Endowment for the Arts. At tonight’s NEA Rent Party, Borders bookstore raises money for the organization’s general fund by hosting a silent auction of items like signed copies of Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach and Garrison Keillor’s Cat, You Better Come Home. Jazz pianists Marian McPartland, Kenny Werner, Stanley Cowell, and others will provide tinkly background entertainment. Buy that mug and smash it to smithereens tonight at 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. $5. (202) 466-4999. (Nathalie op de Beeck)