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The smoldering scent and smoothed-down feel of a trusty butane lighter can be as essential to the pleasures of smoking as tobacco itself: I once lost a bullet-shaped, copper-plated lighter—a fiery relic from a Richmond antique store—that a billion disposable Bics could never replace. The smoking paraphernalia of the people of southern and eastern Africa is the subject of “Intimate Objects/Personal Habits: Tobacco and the Use of Pipes, Mortars, Snuff Spoons, and Snuff Containers,” a lecture by curator of education Edward Lifshitz, who discusses the function and artistry of these objects, which often reflect individual status in the community. At 3 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Eddie Dean)