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Jeff Buckley’s keening vocals and spiraling guitars on 1994’s Grace evoke sea sirens and choirboys, as well as rock spirits from Led Zeppelin to his musician father, Tim, who died at age 28 in 1975. Many tracks on Grace, particularly the radio hit “Last Goodbye,” seem unfinished, like a breath waiting to be exhaled. This quality was echoed with horrific poignancy by Buckley’s accidental death at age 30: He walked into the Mississippi River on the night of May 29, 1997, and drowned. Buckley’s survivors have worked hard to keep the focus on his richly influenced oeuvre instead of his dramatic death. In conjunction with the recent release of Mystery White Boy, a collection of live tracks, Buckley’s mom, Mary Guibert, has mounted a traveling show that includes two films: Fall in Light, a French-produced documentary (in English), and Jeff Buckley—Live in Chicago, a full-length video of a 1995 concert. Guibert will screen these films, answer questions about her son’s music, and share artifacts with the crowd at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Pamela Murray Winters)