Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2014-2015
Pride in the Library: FILM - Paris is Burning

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 at 7 PM

Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building

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(tickets available 05/26/2017, beginning at 10 AM)

PARIS IS BURNING (1990) | 111 min. [R-Rated]
Directed by Jennie Livingston
In a 2015 article in The Guardian, Ashley Clark noted, “Few documentaries can claim to have sparked as much discussion and controversy as Jennie Livingston’s debut Paris is Burning, the vibrant time capsule of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 80s.” The film explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan. It shifts among ballroom contests and shows and interviews with contestants, who belong to different “houses” that are like families to them, sharing their views on wealth, notions of beauty, racism and gender orientation. This film has greatly influenced popular culture and was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.  

[R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.


Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library of Congress Collections

JUNE 8-10, 2017, 10 AM – 4 PM (LJ 113 & LJ 119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)

A three-day display of treasures from the Library of Congress collections, showcasing the work of LGBTQ+ creators, historical figures, and LGBTQ+ life. Themes in the display include the printed word, international studies, military life, activism, HIV/AIDS, and Entertainment. Visitors can experience Leonard Bernstein’s music manuscripts and view original panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; which is being presented in association with the NAMES Project. Presented in association with Capital Pride.

Free, no tickets required, visit the LGBT Pride Month page at for more information.