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WEDNESDAY

In 1981, displaying family artifacts to the Canadian Broadcasting Co. crew visiting his Montreal apartment, Leonard Cohen announced that he’d settled down in his hometown after years of peripatetic existence in Paris, Greece, and the Chelsea Hotel. The Song of Leonard Cohen couldn’t have predicted that the poet-turned-songwriter would later become a resident of a California Buddhist monastery, but the 90-minute documentary does provide an interesting view of where the “Suzanne” man was then. Director-host Harry Rasky combined concert footage with an intimate interview of Cohen in his humble apartment, where he made sweeping pronouncements he probably no longer believes: The early ’80s were the biblical “final days,” and Phil Spector, who produced Cohen’s worst album, is the most influential figure in rock history. The movie will be shown with Leonard Light My Cigarette, Canadian filmmaker Jacob Potashnik’s short, abstract ode to Cohen’s persona and influence, at 7 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 16th and Q Streets NW. $10. (800) 494-8497 (Mark Jenkins)