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From schlocky oldies collections hawked on late-night TV to comprehensive jazz and country box sets offered through the mail by specialty labels, the market for historical music reissues has grown immeasurably in the ’90s. During this period, the Smithsonian Press, under the auspices of executive producer Bruce Talbot, has become known for professionally packaged jazz, blues, and pop retrospectives that appeal to the casual listener and the complete fanatic alike. In his talk, “The Music Goes ’Round and Around and Comes Out…Where?,” Talbot will examine the art and commerce of re-releasing music and his role in creating such anthologies as Love Songs of the World War II Years and overviews of the careers of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress, James Madison Building’s Pickford Theater, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. FREE. (202) 707-1848. (Steve Kiviat)