December 22, 2014 Public Events at the Library of Congress

January – April 2015

Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Website: www.loc.gov/loc/events/index.php

(Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code)

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Thursday
Jan. 1
NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAY
All Library of Congress buildings are closed in observance of the federal New Year’s Day holiday. Contact: 707.8000.

Wednesday
Jan. 7
LECTURE
Novelists Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Marita Golden celebrate the birthday of American writer Zora Neale Hurston by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5394.

Wednesday
Jan. 7
GALLERY TALK
Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito of the Asian Division present a talk on military authority and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II at noon in the “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” exhibition, located in the South Gallery of the Great Hall. Contact: 707.0185.

Thursday
Jan. 8
FILM
“It Happened Tomorrow” (United Artists, 1944). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Friday
Jan. 9
FILM
“Shadow of a Doubt” (Universal, 1943). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Saturday
Jan. 10
FILM
“Flaxy Martin” (Warner Bros., 1949) and “Night Nurse” (Warner Bros., 1931). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Wednesday
Jan. 14
BOOKS & BEYOND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Authors Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock discuss their book “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March,” along with Lynda Blackmon Lowery – the youngest person at the historic march – at 10:30 a.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.1950.

Wednesday
Jan. 14
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE
Jeff Todd Titon, emeritus professor of music at Brown University, presents “What Is Applied Ethnomusicology and Why Did They Say Such Terrible Things About It?” at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5510.

Wednesday
Jan. 14
GALLERY TALK
Curator Nathan Dorn of the Law Library discusses select highlights in the “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” exhibition, located in the South Gallery of the Great Hall, at noon. Contact: 707.0185.

Wednesday
Jan. 14
LECTURE
Ruth M. Karras, chair of the history department at the University of Minnesota, presents “Magna Carta – Women in Medieval Europe in 1215” at 1 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707.4642.

Thursday
Jan. 15
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Nathan Hofer presents a talk on “The Popularization of Islamic Mysticism in Medieval Egypt” at noon in LJ 113. Contact: 707.0213.

Thursday
Jan. 15
FILM
“Nothing But a Man” (Cinema V, 1964). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Friday
Jan. 16
FILM
“The 80s: The Decade That Musicals Forgot” Film Series: “Streets of Fire” (1984, *R-rated). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Monday
Jan. 19
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY
The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Contact: 707.8000.

Wednesday
Jan. 21
LECTURE
Klaus Tochtermann, director of the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) - Leibniz Information Center for Economics, presents “Research 2.0: The Impact of Social Media on Research Libraries” at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.4371.

Thursday
Jan. 22
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES
National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes gives a lecture on poetry at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5394.

Thursday
Jan. 22
FILM
“Cain and Mabel” (Warner Bros., 1936). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Friday
Jan. 23
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Anne E. McLean of the Music Division presents “Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
Jan. 23
FILM
“The 80s: The Decade That Musicals Forgot” Film Series: “Xanadu” (1980). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
Jan. 23
FILM
“Oddities and Shorts.” 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Friday
Jan. 23
CONCERT
The final concert of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Project features a joint commission of a new work by John Adams and pieces by Haydn and Dvořák at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
Jan. 24
FILM
“Feel My Pulse” (Paramount, 1928) and “The Air Mail” (Paramount, 1925). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Tuesday
Jan. 27
LECTURE
Walter Zvonchenko of the Library’s Music Division presents a talk titled “Letters from Dukelsky” at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
Jan. 29
FILM
“Mary of Scotland” (RKO, 1936). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Friday
Jan. 30
FILM
“The 80s: The Decade That Musicals Forgot” Film Series: “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” (1984). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
Jan. 30
FILM
“I Wake Up Screaming” (20th Century-Fox, 1941) and “The Human Monster” (Monogram, 1939). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

Saturday
Jan. 31
LECTURE
Stephen Yusko, head of Acquisitions and Processing in the Library’s Music Division, and Music Specialist David H. Plylar present a talk titled “Mano a mano y mano a mano: Exploring the Library’s Treasures for Piano Duet” at 11 a.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building Studio (LJ 32). Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
Jan. 31
FILM
“Darling” (Embassy, 1965). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707.9994.

***End January 2015***

FEBRUARY 2015

Wednesday
Feb. 4
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Members of the ensemble Calefax discuss their craft at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Feb. 4
CONCERT
With its musicians performing with a core complement of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon, Calefax presents works by Ockeghem, Franck, Nancarrow, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502

Thursday
Feb. 5
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
The Western Flyers perform classic western swing, jazz standards, cowboy songs and old-time fiddle tunes at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5510.

Saturday
Feb. 7
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Susan Youens, J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, presents a talk about Schubert at 12:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
Feb. 7
CONCERT
Ian Bostridge brings a masterly command of vocal nuance and style to Schubert’s late masterpiece, “Winterreise,” followed by a talk about his new book, "Schubert’s ‘Winter Journey’: Anatomy of an Obsession,” at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets re required. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Feb. 11
CONFERENCE
“What Is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age,” an international multimedia conference, brings together romance authors, scholars and fans in discussing the industry’s business and social interests and influences, romance-literature scholarship and public engagement. The event is from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the James Madison Memorial Building. Contact: 707.5221.

Thursday
Feb. 12
EXHIBITION OPENING
“Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design” presents a stunning array of stage, lighting and costume designs from the world of opera, ballet, vaudeville and musical theater. This sampler from the Library’s Music Division collections takes visitors behind the scenes of productions less well-known today, as well as some of the 20th century’s most beloved stage productions, including “Show Boat,” “My Fair Lady,” “Chicago” and “Grand Hotel.” The exhibition is on view through July 25 in the Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery, located on the first floor of the James Madison Building, from 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Contact: 707.4604.

Monday
Feb. 16
PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY
SEMIANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., along with a special open house of the Main Reading Room from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday. Contact: 707.8000.

Tuesday
Feb. 17
READING
The winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry reads selections from his or her work at 6:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5394.

Wednesday
Feb. 18
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
David H. Plylar of the Music Division presents “Humorisks and Rewards in the Music of Schumann and Brahms” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502

Wednesday
Feb. 18
CONCERT
Pianist Richard Goode performs works by Schumann and Brahms in both solo and chamber roles at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
Feb. 19
LECTURE
The Poetry and Literature Center series at the Hill Center continues with National Book Critics Circle Award winner Frank Bidart discussing his poetry with Ron Charles of The Washington Post's Book World. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Contact: 707.5394.

Friday
Feb. 20
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Members of the Claremont Trio discuss their craft at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
Feb. 20
CONCERT
The Claremont Trio – twins Emily and Julia Bruskin and Andrea Lam – present Helen Grime’s “Three Whistler Miniatures," a piece commissioned by the trio in 2012 and inspired by artwork by James McNeill Whistler – in addition to works by Mendelssohn’s sister and Brahms, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
Feb. 21
LECTURE
Composer Steve Antosca, music technologist William Brent and percussionist Ross Karre discuss the November 2013 National Gallery of Art premiere performance of “HABITAT” for percussionist and computer transformations and focus on composition processes and design elements and their integration with performance and technology. The talk is at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
Feb. 24
LECTURE
Christopher Hartten of the Music Division presents a talk titled “Chameleon as Composer: The Colorful Life and Works of Lukas Foss” at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
Feb. 24
BOOKS & BEYOND
Janet Sims-Wood discusses and signs her new book “Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building a Legacy of Black History” at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5221.

***End February 2015***

MARCH 2015

Tuesday
March 3
SYMPOSIUM
A series of panels explore the connections between poetry and literacy with topics including “Poetry and Literacy in Schools” and “Poetry and Literacy for At-Risk Populations” beginning at 9 a.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707.5394.

Saturday
March 7
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Composer Jennifer Higdon discusses her work at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502

Saturday
March 7
CONCERT
Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, leads the Curtis Chamber Orchestra in an exclusive Washington, D.C. appearance performing works by Prokofiev, Mozart, Spano and the world premiere of Higdon’s Viola Concerto, a co-commission by the Library of Congress, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 11
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE
Nathan Salsburg of the Association for Cultural Equity presents “Alan Loma, Media and Technology: Producing the Folk, Promoting the Folk” at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
March 12
READING
Poet Laureate Charles Wright introduces the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows who will read selections from their work at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707.5394.

Friday
March 13
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Violist Kim Kashkashian discusses her craft at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
March 13
CONCERT
Kim Kashkashian performs on the 1690 “Tuscan-Medici” viola, on loan to the Library from the Tuscan Corporation, highlighting works by Schumann, Bartók, Tihanyi and Brahms at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
March 17
LECTURE
Sharon McKinley, retired Music Division specialist, discusses the life and work of Geraldine Farrar at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 18
BOOKS & BEYOND
Susan Dworkin discusses and signs the book she wrote with Edith Hahn Beer, “The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust” at noon in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5221.

Saturday
March 21
EXHIBITION OPENING
“Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues” pairs Herblock’s cartoons with the work of his more conservative contemporaries to reveal the range of editorial opinions elicited by such critical issues as World War II, the Red Scare, the Cold War, President Johnson and the Vietnam War, and President Nixon and Watergate. The exhibition is on view through March 19, 2016.

“Herblock Looks at 1965: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons,” on view through Sept. 2015, celebrates the work of Herblock with an ongoing display of 10 original drawings that look back on the topics Block addressed 50 years before.

Exhibition items are drawn from the Library’s extensive Herbert L. Block Collection.

Both exhibitions are located in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building and open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Contact: 707.4604.

Saturday
March 21
CONCERT
The Leipzig String Quartet presents a program featuring a Romantic-era classic by Borodin and works by Wagner, Debussy and Stravinsky at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 25
BOOKS & BEYOND
Cassandra Good discusses her new book “Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic” at noon in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5221.

***End March 2015***

APRIL 2015

Tuesday
April 7
LECTURE
David H. Plylar of the Music Division presents “Liszt’s ‘Historical Hungarian Portraits’” at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
April 7
LECTURE
Nicholas Vincent, professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, presents “Magna Carta – New Discoveries” at 1 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707.4642.

Wednesday
April 8
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE
Tony Seeger, professor emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles, discusses “Wait! Does This Belong To Us? New Ideas of Music Ownership and the Musical Life of the Kïsêdjê, a Remote Indigenous Society in Brazil” at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5510.

Friday
April 10
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finkel and pianist Wu Han discuss their craft at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
April 10
CONCERT
Daniel Hope, Paul Neubauer, David Finkel and Wu Han come together to play works by Brahms, Schumann and a one-movement piano quartet premiered in 1876 by a 16-year-old Gustav Mahler at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
April 14
LECTURE
Paul Laird, professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas, discusses “A Hint of ‘West Side Story’: The Genesis of Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms’ as Seen in the Library of Congress Leonard Bernstein Collection” at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
April 21
BOOKS & BEYOND
Justin Martin discusses and sign his new book “Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians” at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5221.

Friday
April 24
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Paul Miller, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Theory at Cornell University, discusses Karlheinz Stockhausen’s masterwork, “Mantra,” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
April 24
CONCERT
Pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madžar perform one of the masterworks of the 20th century: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1970 “Mantra” for two pianos, percussion and electronics, in addition to Elliott Carter’s Duo for violin and piano, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
April 25
CONCERT
Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour presents works by Handel and J.S. Bach at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
April 30
PANEL DISCUSSION
Current Poet Laureate Charles Wright and 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share to conclude Wright’s term as 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707.5502.

***End April 2015***

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is located at 10 First St. S.E., across from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second St. S.E. The James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

JEFFERSON BUILDING: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor; Whittall Pavilion, ground floor; Bob Hope Gallery of Entertainment, ground floor; Young Readers Center, ground floor; LJ 119, first floor; Great Hall, first floor; Southwest Gallery and Southwest Pavilion, second floor; South Gallery, second floor; Northwest Gallery, second floor.

MADISON BUILDING: Madison Hall, first floor; LM 139, first floor; Pickford Theater, third floor; Mumford Room, sixth floor; Montpelier Room, sixth floor; West Dining Room, sixth floor; Dining Room A, sixth floor.

When attending events at the Library, allow extra time to pass through Library security. Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 707.6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

PACKARD CAMPUS FILM SCREENINGS: Reservations may be made by phone, beginning one week before any given show. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call 202.707.9994 during business hours. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. All shows are free, and seating is limited to 200 seats. The Packard Campus Theater is located on the ground floor of the Packard Campus of the National Audio Visual Conservation Center, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va. For current schedule and more information, visit the theater’s website at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: All concerts are at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are distributed by TicketMaster at 202.397.7328, 410.547.7328 and 703.573.7328. Various ticketing service charges apply. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster outlets and online at www.TicketMaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets. Pre-concert presentations are at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion and do not require tickets. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/concerts/. Contact: 202.707.5502.

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PR 14-213
2014-12-22
ISSN 0731-3527