The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre presents the first in a three-part series this year exploring the works of Alfred Hitchcock. "Part I: The British Hitchcock" focuses on his British pictures, including The Skin Game, the original The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Sabotage and The Lady Vanishes. Pianist and composer Andrew Simpson, a professor at Catholic University of America, will offer live accompaniment for the screenings of The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog later this month, while the eclectic instrumentalists in Alloy Orchestra will accompany the original 1929 silent version of Blackmail in late March. The series opens with the sound version of Blackmail, released in 1929 as the first British talkie, on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:20 p.m. (The film's original silent version screens in late March.) The series runs to March 31. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $11 general admission. Call 301-495-6720 or visit afi.com/Silver.