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Don’t come to the U.S. National Arboretum’s “Concert of the Bugs” expecting a chorus of cicadas to chirp the repertoire of W.A.S.P. or Adam and the Ants. Instead, Vocal Arts International will perform an evening of bug-themed music. Although there might not be too many schmaltzy ballads about mosquitoes—though quite a few mention being bitten by the love bug—insects have had a major influence on popular music. Think about it: Stevie Wonder has crooned about “Venus’ Flytrap and the Bug,” Stevie Ray Vaughn has plucked chords for “Honey Bee,” and John Hiatt has sung how “I Killed an Ant With My Guitar.” Maybe a few lightning bugs will substitute for cigarette lighters and encourage an encore of Jonathan Richman’s “Hey There Little Insect.” Check your repellent at the door at 7 p.m. at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $10. For reservations call (202) 245-4523. (Elissa Silverman)