Would you like to school yourself in some classic African-American and Latino music without having to endure a pretentious Ken Burns–created voiceover? Thanks to the Library of Congress’ Monday-night Jazz and Soul cinema series, you can. Tonight’s offering, 1963’s The Cool World, applies a jazz score by Mal Waldron and Dizzy Gillespie to a neo-realist drama about a teenage gang member and his dealings with pushy men in blue on Harlem’s most decrepit streets. Later weeks add Salsa, a film that presents a 1973 Yankee Stadium concert with icons Celia Cruz and Willie Colon, and a number of rhythm ’n’ blues features. The latter include Harlem Variety Review with Ruth Brown, Soul to Soul with Ike and Tina Turner and the Staple Singers in Ghana, and The Apollo Presents the Motortown Revue, which captures little Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The Cool World screens at 7 p.m. (the series continues through Dec. 19; see Showtimes for a weekly schedule) at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Steve Kiviat)