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ToDo ToDay: More Julia Child! Tipsy Bicycling! Shirts Off!

Everyone knows the funny little—and large—facts of Julia Child’s life: She stood 6-foot-2, worked in Ceylon for the Office of Secret Services, and started her second career late in middle age. So why bother with a biography, when tributes and pop-culture odes to Child are as common as butter? Because Bob Spitz did the same for The Beatles and Bob Dylan, and did it well. Spitz’s latest, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, is arguably as rich as the chef’s recipe for vichyssoise. Read more >>> (Alex Baca)

Spitz leads a lecture at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25.  smithsonianassociates.org. (202) 633-3030.

EAT THIS

Sticky Fingers is on to Week Two of its themed vegan dinner series, and tonight is Italian night. Stop by the vegan bakery and cafe in Columbia Heights for fresh herb focaccia, pasta primavera with herb encrusted "Gardein Chik'n," dessert, and a selection of beer, wine, or cocktail. The dinner features organic ingredients from the local farmers market, and costs $28 per person. There are two seatings—6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Advance reservations required. Call (202) 299-9700. Sticky Fingers, 1370 Park Road NW. stickfingersbakery.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Who says drinking and bicycling don't mix?! Tonight, grab your steed and head for the Jefferson Drive side of the Smithsonian Metro station for the first stop on the D.C. Bike Party. A motley gang of thirsty bicyclists plans to ride from 51st State to the Wonderland Ballroom on a roundabout route. Capital Bikeshare riders welcome. Drink and ride responsibly, people! Meet at 7:30 p.m. More information at dcbikeparty.com.

Remember when that security guard tried to toss out a couple of male partygoers at UHall for dancing "provacatively," was then fired, and co-owner Will Eastman promised to bring a "shirts-off" party to the club in consolation? That day has arrived. Tonight, stop by U Street Music Hall for "Shirts Off!", a free (for 21 and over) party co-presented by BYGays and DJed by Eastman, Shea Van Horn, Lxsx Frxnk, and others. 9 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW.

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