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Though the television-related program planned for this evening at the Kennedy Center won’t feature Buccaneers colliding with Raiders, it will include some mayhem: The Raymond Scott Orchestrette is a seven-piece ensemble that will perform its late namesake’s works to an accompanying visual presentation. Though not originally intended for cartoons, Scott’s pieces—mostly written for his six-piece “Quintette” in the ’30s—are best remembered as the soundtrack for the antics of wascally wabbits and other Looney creatures. On Pushbutton Parfait, the Orchestrette takes on some of Scott’s most-heard works in addition to his later proto-electronica experiments. Using abrupt tempo shifts, rim-shot beats, snake-charmer horns, toy-piano rhythms, and noirish string atmospherics, the outfit’s jazz-klezmer-classical-pop offerings provide an appropriate backdrop to coyotes dropping off of cliffs and such. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)