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It’s easy to love Blazing Saddles for its abject silliness: Alex Kerras punches a horse square in the nose, a riled-up Jack Starrett spouts “authentic frontier gibberish,” and a campfire meal of beans kicks off a solid minute of farting. But the movie that is arguably Mel Brooks’ best is filled with subversiveness. At almost every turn, Clevon Little’s silky smooth sheriff possesses a self-awareness that lets him outwit the town of dim racists he’s been sent to serve, at one point getting out of a jam by pointing a gun at his own head and declaring “the next man that makes a move, the nigger gets it!” Of course, it works. Everything about the movie works. And for one night only at the Kennedy Center, Mel Brooks will screen the film and share behind-the-scenes stories. As he approaches 90, Brooks, a 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree, remains tack sharp and even if he covers old ground—Richard Pryor was supposed to play the sheriff, for example, but the studio wouldn’t insure him—Brooks is as engaging now as he’s ever been. Mel Brooks performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $75–$150. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.