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Joseph Geha’s Through and Through: Toledo Stories is set in the same melting pot that gave us both Jamie Farr and his alter ego, the Section 8-seeking, Mud Hens-loving, penicillin-finagling Cpl. Klinger. During the ’50s, the Arab-American community of Toledo, Ohio, was an exotic island of Lebanese culture surrounded by the unknown. And throughout Geha’s compact stories, the same immigrants and their children reappear again and again. The fathers own businesses, drive cars, and get involved with gangsters, but also drink Turkish coffee in shops that don’t allow women, solicit arranged marriages, and never leave a slipper upside down, with its sole stepping on God’s face. Like Geha, whose family moved to Toledo from Lebanon after World War II, their children are destined to walk out of the neighborhood into America. Geha will read from Through and Through at 7 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-1958. (Janet Hopf)