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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Film — Frank Zappa Films

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Frank Zappa Mini Film Festival: "The Amazing Mr. Bickford" (1987) and "Does Humor Belong in Music?" (1985).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

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All Public Events for December 2008

Concert

Tivoli Boys Guard

December 3, 2008, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Tivoli Boys Guard, founded in 1844 as an honorary guard watching over Tivoli's finest buildings and monuments, peforms in concert. No tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8561

Music of Charles Wuorinen

December 5, 2008, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
A septet of distinguished artists perform an all-Wuorinen concert, in addition to Wuorinen conducting members of "The President's Own" Marine Band. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

LC Chorale

December 9, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
The LC Chorale presents "A Holiday with the Greatest Generation," featuring holiday songs popular during WWII and readings of veterans letters and diaries.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1797

Verge Ensemble

December 11, 2008, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Verge Ensemble performs works commissioned by the Library in celebration of Elliot Carter's centennial-Shatin's "Tower of the Eight Winds" and Antosca's "Kairos."
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Sequitur

December 12, 2008, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sequitur performs the Library's Carter commission, the Duo for Violin and Piano (McKim Fund, 1974), in addition to works by Harold Meltzer and Steven Burke. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Harlem Quartet

December 18, 2008, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Harlem Quartet, with cellist Carter Brey, performs works by Schubert in the Library's annual Stradivari anniversary concert. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Poetry at Noon

December 9, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Joyce Brinkman, Ruthelen Burns, Norbert Krapf and Joseph Heithaus-known as "airpoets" for their poems that will adorn the Indianapolis International Airport-read their work.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Library of Congress Experience

December 11, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Unveiled are new myLOC.gov interactive stations, a "Passport to Knowledge" and other engaging features.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

LC Holiday Celebration

December 17, 2008, 11 a.m. - Noon
Celebrate the holidays with the Library of Congress. Enjoy Christmas caroling and listening to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington read "The Night Before Christmas."
Location: Great Hall, 1st floor, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Film

Frank Zappa Films

December 1, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Frank Zappa Mini Film Festival: "The Amazing Mr. Bickford" (1987) and "Does Humor Belong in Music?" (1985).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"It's a Wonderful Life"

December 2, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"It's A Wonderful Life" (RKO, 1946).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Christmas in Connecticut"

December 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Christmas in Connecticut" (Warner Bros., 1945).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Home Alone"

December 6, 2008, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"Home Alone" (20th Century-Fox, 1990).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"200 Motels"

December 8, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Frank Zappa Mini Film Festival: "200 Motels" (1971).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"A Labyrinth of Time"

December 9, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"A Labyrinth of Time" (2006).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"Scrooge"

December 9, 2008, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Scrooge" (National General, 1970).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Holiday Affair"

December 12, 2008, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Holiday Affair" (RKO, 1949).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Santa Clause"

December 13, 2008, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Santa Clause" (Walt Disney, 1994).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Stop Making Sense"

December 15, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Rock 'n' Roll in the Fall at the Nation's Library: "Stop Making Sense" (1984).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"Christmas on TV"

December 16, 2008, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Home for the Holidays: Christmas on Television."
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"A Christmas Story"

December 19, 2008, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"A Christmas Story" (MGM, 1983).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Miracle on 34th Street"

December 20, 2008, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"Miracle on 34th Street" (20th Century-Fox, 1947).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Christmas Day

December 25, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Christmas Day holiday.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

December 26 Holiday

December 26, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Building Great Hall and exhibits will be open to the public; however all other buildings and spaces of the Library, including Reading Rooms, will be closed to the public.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Ambassador Fujisaki

December 2, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki discusses Japan's experience in dealing with a financial and lending crisis in the lecture "Lessons Learned: Good and Bad."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2990

Bedouin Community

December 3, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Rawia Aburabia, New Israel Fund Fellow, presents a lecture on "Overcoming Today's Bedouin Community Challenges."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Public Markets" Book Talk

December 3, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Author Helen Tangires discusses her new book "Public Markets" in a program sponsored by the Prints and Photographs Division.
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-8696

Street Addressing

December 3, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Reuben Rose-Redwood discusses "Spaces of Calculation: Street Addressing and the Making of a Geo-coded World."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Lubuto Library Project

December 3, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jane Kinney Meyers discusses the Lubuto Library Project in a program sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1979

Northern Ireland Weaving

December 4, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Maurice Leyden discusses songs of the weaving trades in a program co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5510

Alice in Wonderland

December 5, 2008, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clare and August Imholtz present talks titled "An Unknown American 'Alice' Bibliographer" and "Alice's Adventures Underground and Across the Ocean."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Music and the Brain-CANCELED

December 5, 2008, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
David Huron, School of Music at Ohio State University, presents a lecture titled "Why do Listeners Enjoy Music That Makes Them Weep?"
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Civil War Era Prints

December 8, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Swann Foundation grantee Mazie Harris present the lecture "A Colorful Union: The Development of Union Patriotism in Henry Louis Stephens' 1863 Chromolithographs."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9115

Jews and Shoes

December 11, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Edna Nahshon, professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, presents a talk on her latest book, "Jews and Shoes."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

John Hope Franklin-CANCELED

December 11, 2008, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Historian and past Kluge Prize winner John Hope Franklin will speak in a special public presentation on the African American experience. Seating is limited.
Location: Congressional Members Room, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Pre-concert Presentation

December 11, 2008, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Composers Steve Antosca and Judith Shatin discuss their Library commissions inspired by Elliot Carter. No tickets required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Pre-concert Presentation

December 12, 2008, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Composers Harold Meltzer and Steven Burke discuss their craft in a program prior to the Sequitur concert. No tickets required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Kluge Scholar Seminar

December 16, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Timothy Rohan discusses "Model City: Buildings and Projects By Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

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Open House

Asian Musical Instruments

December 6, 2008, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Musical instruments on display include items from the Dayton C. Miller Collection of wind instruments and the Thai Collection given to the Library by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 1960.
Location: Asian Reading Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3683

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Panel Discussion

Human Rights

December 10, 2008, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Law Library of Congress presents a panel discussion celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in LM 240. Seating is limited.
Location: LM 201 Law Library Reading Room, Second floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9834

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Symposium

Chingiz Aitmatov

December 4, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chingiz Aitmatov (1928-2008) is the focus of a symposium examining his literary works and the films based upon those works.
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5676

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Gallery Talk

Johannes Schoner

December 3, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
John Hessler of the Geography and Maps Division presents "Strange Effects: Life and Astronomy of Johannes Schoner, 1474-1547" in the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition.
Location: Northwest Pavilion, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Early Americas

December 10, 2008, Noon - 1 p.m.
Barbara Tenenbaum, curator of "Exploring the Early Americas," discusses "The True Conquest of Mexico."
Location: Northwest Pavilion, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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