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The district in the title of Susan Levitas’ hourlong documentary The Music District is the District of Columbia, and the music is African-American and deeply rooted. The director selected four local acts as her means to explore the rhythmic and vocal traditions of black Washington: the doo-wop of the Orioles, the gospel of Four Echoes, the shout of Kings of Harmony, and the go-go of the Junkyard Band. This may be ethnography, but it has a beat that’s both urgent and joyous. At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000. (Mark Jenkins)