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Lecture: Penn Jillette

As one-half of the magic-and-mentalism duo Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette is as famous for fooling his audiences as for debunking popular myths. In “God, No!” Mr. Jillette explores the 10 Commandments through a nonbeliever’s lens. While the “Penn Commandments” are essentially a debunking of religious doctrine, they reveal that an athiest’s values aren’t always that different from a Christian’s.

Aug. 16 at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW

Phone: 202/994-6800


Concert: Albert Lee and John Jorgenson

Masterful musicians whose talents extend far beyond playing creative compositions at lightning speed, the guitar tandem of John Jorgenson and Albert Lee are to country instrumentalism what Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis are to classical. A Brit by birth, Mr. Lee cut his teeth filling in for Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore and went on to play stateside with Eric Clapton, Ricky Skaggs and ageless country dame Emmylou Harris. Wisconsin’s Mr. Jorgenson has an equally impressive resume, having played with nearly every American musician to break the charts in the past 50 years, from Roy Orbison to Hank Williams Jr. Together, they span half a century of American musicianship.

Aug. 17 at Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.

Phone: 703/549-7500


Book signing: Christine O’Donnell

Failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is living proof that there are not just second, but third and possibly fourth acts in American life. After making it big in the ‘90s as an advocate for pure living, Ms. O’Donnell redefined herself as a Tea Party candidate in hopes of capitalizing on the Republican wave that swept Congress in 2010. Despite losing to Delaware Democrat Chris Coons, Ms. O’Donnell is refusing to go away. She’ll be in town this week promoting her book, “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.” At least half that title is spot-on.

Aug. 18 at Barnes & Noble downtown, 555 12th St. NW

Phone: 202/347-0176