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When the Crystals sang “He hit me and it felt like a kiss” they could easily have been describing the sound of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. His rough but romantic solos could caress a ballad with the tenderness of a poet and batter it with the weariness of a drunk—the latter a persona with which Webster was all too familiar. The baggy-eyed King of the Tenors enjoyed a long solo career and played with such titans as Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Carter in the 1930s, but it was his stint in Duke Ellington’s famed Blanton-Webster band of the early ’40s that his characteristic style blossomed. Ben Webster: The Brute and the Beautiful is a documentary whose title alone captures Webster’s dualistic nature. At 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L St. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999. (Christopher Porter)