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Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann makes documentaries about art, but she doesn’t go looking for it in museums and concert halls. She prefers locations like the Parisian sidewalks and Metro tunnels she explores in The Underground Orchestra, where she found a diverse group of people linked by music and exile. Among the performers in this film’s impromptu orchestra are folk, pop, and classical musicians from such troubled spots as Bosnia, Romania, Algeria, Vietnam, Argentina, and Mali, most of whom are in remarkably good spirits despite their experiences with the repressive regimes they fled and their current precarious situations. Some of these musicians’ street-level careers are complicated by the fact that they’re not in France legally, but Honigmann’s depiction of the vibrant immigrant districts where they live shows that the City of Light is brighter for their presence. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)