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From the Clovers to Patsy Cline, from Link Wray to Marvin Gaye, many future legends launched their careers in Washingtononly to leave town for fame and riches elsewhere. (The cranky Mr. Wray, who now peddles his trademark fuzz tones in Denmark, won’t even come back for a visit.) No matter: Nowadays, local heroes such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Fugazi are just as likely to hang around for goodmaybe even buy a house in the ‘burbs. Find out all the dirt on Washington noisemakers in “Capital Records: D.C.’s Music Scene Through the Years,” a panel discussion of D.C. music notables, including Chuck Brown, Nap Turner, and Larry Kidwell (of Lawrence and the Arabians), and such pundits as Billboard’s Bill Holland and WPFW DJ Bobbie Bennett. From 6-9 p.m. at George Washington University’s Academic Center, 801 22nd St. NW. $20. (202) 662-1341. (Eddie Dean)