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Wednesday

Because writer-director Barry Levinson returned to his native Baltimore for the period, setting, and interracial-romance theme of his new film, Liberty Heights (which opens commercially Dec. 10), The American Film Institute is offering a refresher course on his previous Charm City flicks. The survey begins on Saturday, Nov. 27, with the sweetly nostalgic family saga Avalon (at 2 p.m.), the best of the three. It’s followed by Tin Men, the tale of a bitter rivalry between two aluminum-siding salesmen (at 4:30 p.m.); Diner, Levinson’s overly indulgent account of his and his pals’ attempts to prolong their adolescence (at 6:30 p.m.); and a reprise of Avalon (at 8:30 p.m.). The main event, the local premiere of Liberty Heights, will be held today with appearances by stars Carolyn Murphy and Justin Chambers. At 7 and 9:15 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute National Film Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)