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Some 30 years after it all went wrong, director David C. Thomas asked, “Are you ready to testify?” Guitarist Wayne Kramer and the other two surviving members of the MC5 said yes, but it didn’t turn out that way. In a dispute over control of the documentary’s soundtrack, Kramer shut down MC5: A True Testimonial after brief runs in only a few cities. Tonight’s “unauthorized” screenings, benefiting the Washington Peace Center, are a rare chance to join a crowd that’s ready to kick out the jams with the band that brought Motor City funk-jazz-and-revolution-rock to a nation that was mostly unprepared or hostile. Narrated by survivors, widows, and admirers—notably former A&R man and reigning punk raconteur Danny Fields—the film travels from working-class innocence into the dark heart of 1968: This is a band whose most famous performances include one documented by FBI surveillance footage. The film screens at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Mark Jenkins)