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Marking the centenary of Ellington’s birth, this series features both documentaries about the Washington-born jazz great’s music and examples of his work for Hollywood. The first program includes Robert Drew’s 1967 cinema veritÇ documentary On the Road With Duke Ellington and Robert Levi’s 1992 retrospective Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo, as well as a short TV interview and footage of Ellington at the White House (Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.). The all-black musical Cabin in the Sky was Ellington’s first commission for director Vincente Minnelli; it’s shown with the recently restored George Pal Puppetoon A Date With Duke (Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.). Ellington got an Oscar nomination for his score for Martin Ritt’s Paris Blues, in which Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman play jazzmen in postwar Paris; also on the program is a 1935 short of Ellington’s Symphony in Black, which depicts African-American life (Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m.). Ellington both wrote the music and had a small role in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder, in which small-town lawyer James Stewart defends Army sergeant Ben Gazzara against a charge of homicide. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)