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This past year the now-defunct New Alaska Film Society’s series attracted big crowds for punk-rock movies, such as a collection of L.A. TV documentaries on the genre. Kathi Wilcox (formerly of Olympia, Wash.,’s Bikini Kill) will program a new series that begins in a similar vein. The first night’s offerings are “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rarities” she says; add raw and rebellion to that and you’ve got the idea. The movies are mostly gems from the videotape archives of Don Smith of the Teenage Gang Debs fanzine; the main attractions are Cherie, Joan, Jackie, Sandy, Lita, Vicky, and Laurie, aka the Runaways, on a late-’70s junket to Japan. Don’t miss German television footage of the Monks (a garage-rock group of American ex-GIs who formed in Germany in the ’60s) freaking out in their Friar Tuck robes and shaved heads. They’re R’n’R Rasputins, dig? A live MC5 tape unearthed by Kathi and company will capture a time before “rock and revolution” were remade as marketing tools. At 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)