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Eric Fischl’s last D.C. appearance was only a couple of months ago, but the National Museum of American Art managed to keep it a secret. If you were among the few who heard about it, you know the artist’s cool charm and self-deprecating wit. If not, tonight’s Corcoran lecture will give proof of the latter—for his discussion of Girl Reading a Letter at a Window, Fischl has actually unearthed some genre painting more celebrated than his own. At 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $15. (202) 347-3601. (Glenn Dixon)