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Thanks to Mark Opsasnick, Alexandria residents can gaze at the former grounds of Jim Morrison’s alma mater, George Washington High School, and picture an image more horrible than Val Kilmer in leather pants: A young Morrison shouting, “Hey, you forgot to wipe your ass!” at a superannuated stripper performing in a field off Duke Street, then being chased by carnies, stopping only to torch an elephant cage. The Lizard King Was Here, Opsasnick’s account of the Doors singer’s teenage years, is a maniacally detailed account of Morrison’s boyhood haunts, but it’s the stories about the man himself that really light my fire—or at least confirm my suspicion that behind every cultural icon is someone who just didn’t get beat up enough in high school. Opsasnick, local filmmaker Jeff Krulik, and photographer John Earnshaw speak as part of the “Music, Movies, and Memories of Washington, D.C.” panel discussion at 9:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW; in conjunction with the D.C. Public Library’s 33rd Annual Conference on Washington, D.C. Historical Studies. Free. For reservations call (202) 727-1129. (Andrew Beaujon)