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The first time I heard klezmer music was at a Hebrew school classmate’s bar mitzvah. Instead of the usual eight-piece band playing reworked versions of disco hits, my friend’s parents had hired a more traditional combo: a guy on kick drum and snare, another guy on accordion, and a woman who played clarinet and sang in Yiddish. This didn’t make any sense to us kids: this alien, minor-key-based music sung in a language most of our older relatives used to talk about us while we were in the room. In tonight’s lecture, “A Century of Klezmer,” archivist Henry Sapoznik demystifies klezmer and discusses the recorded history of this Jewish popular music. Sapoznik is a good man for the job—he pretty much wrote the book on the art form in last year’s Klezmer! Jewish Music From Old World to Our World, and he performed at 1998’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Tina Plottel)