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Monday, April 16, 2012

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

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.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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All Public Events for April 2012

Books and Beyond

Gardens

April 13, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Sam Watters discusses his book "Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935."
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5221

Latino Literature

April 26, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Francisco Aragon, director of Letras Latinas, moderates a program featuring poet Blas Falconer and writer Lorraine Lopez, co-editors of the anthology "The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5221

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Ceremony

River of Words

April 23, 2012, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass hosts the River of Words awards ceremony for winners and finalists of the 2010-2011 environmental poetry and art contest for young people.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Concert

Arditti Quartet

April 10, 2012, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Arditti String Quartet with guest pianist Stephen Drury celebrates the John Cage Centennial with a performance of his "Two4" (McKim Fund commission), along with works by Berg, Bartok and Beethoven.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Quatuor Diotima

April 13, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Quatuor Diotima performs pieces by Schubert, Beethoven and Smetana.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Juilliard Baroque

April 14, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Juilliard Baroque celebrates the works of J.S. Bach with performances of his Concerto in A minor for flute, violin and harpsichord, BWV 1044; from "A Musical Offering," BWV 1079: 3-part ricercare for solo harpsichord, canons, 6-part ricercare; and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Concerto Koln

April 20, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Concerto Koln, with cellist Jan Freiheit, continues the homage to Bach with performances of his Suite for Orchestra in C major, BWV 1066; Concerto for oboe damore, strings and basso continuo, BWV 1055; and "Brandenburg" Concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV 1049.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Tanya Tomkins

April 28, 2012, Noon - 4 p.m.
Cellist Tanya Tomkins features works of J.S. Bach in two performances: Suite no. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; Suite no. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010; and Suite no. 5 in C minor, BW 1011 at noon; Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009; and Suite no. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 at 3 p.m.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Event

Witter Bynner Poetry Reading

April 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship recipients L.S. Asekoff and Sheila Black read selections of their work.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Author Wendy Henrichs

April 14, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Author Wendy Henrichs will be on hand to read her book "I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend."
Location: Young Readers Center, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1950

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Exhibition

Armenian Literary Tradition

April 19, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress opens an exhibition, "To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress."
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5680

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Film

American Musical Theater Serires

April 5, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Stephen Sondheim 70th Birthday Concert" (presented 5/22/2000).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

"Bach and Friends"

April 11, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Bach and Friends" features reflections and performances by more than two dozen world-class artists, including Philip Glass, Joshua Bell, Simone Dinnerstein, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Jake Shimabukuro and Hilary Hahn.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

American Musical Theater Series

April 12, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"American Creativity: The Composer-Lyricist Jonathan Larson" (presented 10/23/2006).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

"The Southerner"

April 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Southerner" (United Artists, 1945).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"It Started With Eve"

April 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"It Started With Eve" (Universal, 1941).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Natural"

April 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Natural" (TriStar, 1984).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

American Musical Theater Series

April 19, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Life Begins at 8:40  A Revue" (presented 3/22/2010).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

An Evening of TV Westerns

April 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Alias Smith & Jones" (ABC, 1971). The program also will feature episodes of three other Westerns: "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS, 1958-1961), "The Deputy" (NBC, 1959-1961) and "Laredo" (NBC, 1965-1967).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Adams Rib"

April 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Adams Rib" (MGM, 1949).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

April 21, 2012, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (MGM, 1939).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Preservation Week

April 23, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
"Film  Investment in the Future."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-8618

"Salt of the Earth"

April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Salt of the Earth" (Independent Productions, 1954).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Solaris"

April 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Solaris" (Magna, 1972).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

April 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" (Universal, 1962).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Lecture

American Anthrax

April 3, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jeanne Guillemin discusses her book "American Anthrax."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1207

African Poets and Writers

April 3, 2012, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
South African Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

African Poets and Writers

April 4, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Donato Ndongo reads selections from his work as part of the series "Conversations with African Poets and Writers."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1979

Berlin Chamber Music

April 5, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Daniel Boomhower of the Music Division speaks on the chamber music in Berlin, ca. 1750.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Persia in Crisis

April 5, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Rudi Matthee of the University of Delaware discusses his new book "Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4518

Cherry Blossom Princesses

April 11, 2012, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The Cherry Blossom Princesses of 1948, 1974, 1981 and 2012 talk about their experiences during their reigns.
Location: Asian Reading Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2990

Parisian Cafe

April 12, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Thierry Rigogne presents a talk titled "Creating the Parisian Cafe, 1660-1800."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Asian-American Poetry

April 13, 2012, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Garrett Hongo presents a selection of his work during a reading and discussion of Asian-American oetry today.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

The First Modern Jew

April 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Daniel Schwartz gives a lecture on his book "The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

"Appalachian Spring"

April 19, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
The Music Division's Loras Schissel and Elizabeth Aldrich discuss Martha Graham and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Insider Trading

April 19, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Mark Geiger gives a lecture titled "When Insider Trading Was Legal."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Vardanants Day

April 19, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kevork Bardakjian delivers the 16th annual Vardanants Day lecture titled "Scribes, Compositors and the Mind in the Making: the Armenian Script and the Creation of an Armenian Literary Identity."
Location: Northwest Pavilion, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5680

Concerto Koln Preconcert Talk

April 20, 2012, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Martin Sandhoff, flutist and artistic director of Concerto Koln, is featured guest speaker.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Korean Bell Garden

April 24, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Artist and filmmaker Y. David Chung discusses his design for the Korean Bell Garden newly opened at Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Virginia.
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6735

The Hawk and the Dove

April 24, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Visiting British Research Council Fellow Isabella Streffen presents "Magnificent Distance: Hawk & Dove, Artists Talk and Screening."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

"The Other Latin@"

April 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poet Blas Falconer and writer Lorraine Lopez, co-editors of the anthology "The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity," read from their work.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Performance

Pius Cheung

April 14, 2012, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Marimbist Pius Cheung gives a performance. No tickets are required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Shakespeare's Birthday

April 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Actors from the Shakespeare Theater Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University present scenes and sonnets by William Shakespeare.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Symposium

Naming Things

April 4, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The John W. Kluge Center presents ""Other Cultures Within: Beyond the Naming of Things.""
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

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Gallery Talk

Cherry Trees Gift

April 4, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators discuss the gift of the 3,000 cherry trees during a tour of the "Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship" exhibition in the Graphic Arts Galleries.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Historical Cherry Blossoms

April 11, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood speak on the historical significance of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture in the "Sakura" exhibition.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Cherry Blossoms and Culture

April 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood talk about the continuing resonance of the cherry blossoms in American culture in the "Sakura" exhibition.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

"Sakura" Tour

April 25, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood lead a special tour through the "Sakura" exhibition.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground 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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