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MONDAY

In 1925, Jerome Kern asserted, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” The Russian-born songwriter’s compositions range from earthy ragtime tunes to sophisticated Astaire-Rogers movie scores; some (“White Christmas,” “Easter Parade,” “God Bless America”) have become part of our national heritage. Smithsonian performing-arts historian Dwight Blocker Bowers will deliver a lecture titled “There’s No Business Like Show Business” on Berlin’s careers as songwriter, publisher, and theatrical producer. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, a Berlin revue featuring vocalists Cindy Hutchins and Ann Johnson, accompanied by pianist Howard Breitbart, will also be performed. Lecture at noon at the National Archives, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 105. Performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Tuesday, National Archives Theater; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, National Archives College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free. (Joel E. Siegel)

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