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Whether chanting “om” at the Pentagon or rapping with the Clash, Allen Ginsberg was the Beat who fit most easily with that movement’s descendants, the natural ally of hippies and punks. Representatives from all three groups showed up for the poet’s wake, which is documented in Jonas Mekas’ video, Scenes From Allen’s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit. His funeral was an ideal occasion for not only celebrating his life, but also reflecting on the heritage of postwar American youth culture, which has been in a philosophical mood lately. Among the poets and others paying tribute are Amiri Baraka and Patti Smith, whose latest is nearly a concept album about the ’50s. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)