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A printer’s error on the sheet music to one of his early songs changed his name to Berlin, so let’s change it back here: It’s Israel Baline. Whatever you call him, little Irving was a national treasure, living more than a century, composing trillions of sing-along songs, all in the only key he knew how to play. Laurence Bergeen, author of As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, will discuss the singing waiter’s World War II years and show clips from his film, This Is the Army (which features my theme song, “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning”). At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000. (DN)