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In one of the less upscale corners of Manhattan, basic education means the violin. Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras runs the East Harlem Violin Program, which brings classical music, discipline, and self-confidence to a diverse group of elementary school kids. The teacher’s successes are the subject of director Allan Miller’s Small Wonders, an engaging if conventional documentary that includes footage from the program’s triumphal benefit concert (featuring Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and others) at Carnegie Hall. Tonight the Smithsonian Associates preview the film, which will be introduced by Guaspari-Tzavaras; one of her students, Juan Miguel Rojas, will also be on hand to demonstrate his skill. At 6 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $7.50. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)