August 17, 2017 Live Performances and Silent Movies in September at Packard Campus

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Six new and returning live acts take the stage at the Packard Campus Theater next month, ranging from the Malpass Brothers’ vintage country and gospel music, the three-part harmonies of Red Molly, and American songster Dom Flemons’ folk, banjo and jug band music — along with a night of stand-up comedy and the third appearance of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club. All live events are free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. To secure tickets, visit this event-ticketing site.

Four evenings of silent film screenings with live musical accompaniment will also be featured during the month of September. These include “Slapstick Divas,” a presentation by Steve Massa of rarely-seen comedy shorts based on his newly-released book “Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy,” and the legendary Greta Garbo in her second American film, “The Temptress.”

Programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994. For further information on the theater and film series, visit In case of inclement weather, call the theater information line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations.  

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Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule

Thursday, September 7 (7:30 p.m.) 
“The Lost Weekend” (Paramount, 1945)
A landmark social-problem film, "The Lost Weekend" provided audiences of 1945 with an uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, the film melded an expressionistic film-noir style with documentary realism to immerse viewers in the harrowing experiences of an aspiring New York writer willing to do almost anything for a drink. Despite opposition from his studio, the Hays Office and the liquor industry, Wilder created a film ranked as one of the best of the decade. “The Lost Weekend” won Academy Awards for best picture, director, screenplay and actor in a leading role (Ray Milland), and established Wilder as one of America's leading filmmakers. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2011.

Friday, September 8 (7:30 p.m.)
“Two-Lane Blacktop”
(Universal, 1977- R-rated *)
In the late 1960s, following the success of such youth-oriented fare as "Easy Rider," Hollywood executives greenlighted a spate of innovative, low-budget films by young filmmakers influenced by European directors like Robert Bresson and Michelangelo Antonioni. One such film was the minimalist "Two-Lane Blacktop," which follows two "gearheads" (singer-songwriter James Taylor and Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson) in their souped-up '55 Chevy as they're challenged to a cross-country race by a middle-aged driver (Warren Oates) in a Pontiac GTO. Director Monte Hellman and screenwriter Rudolph Wurlitzer bathes audiences in spare landscapes and car culture rituals that engender a myth of freedom promised by life on the road. “Two-Lane Blacktop” was added to the National Film Registry in 2012.  *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Saturday, September 9 (2 p.m.)
“The Lion King”
 (Disney, 1994) 
A young lion cub hides from his colony after being blamed for his father's death, but triumphantly returns when he realizes his destiny to be king. The animated Disney feature won two Academy Awards for its original score by Hans Zimmer and for the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, it is the highest-grossing animated film of the 20th century. “The Lion King” was added to the National Film Registry in 2016.

Thursday, September 14 (7:30 p.m.) 
“Flying Luck”
 (Pathe, 1927)
Capitalizing on the 1927 flying craze that followed the first transatlantic solo flight by Charles Lindbergh, this comedy stars Monty Banks, who will do anything to learn to fly an airplane. After building his own doesn't go so well, enlists in the Army. During basic training, Monty falls in love with the Colonel's daughter (played by a young Jean Arthur), tangles with a mean drill sergeant (Kewpie Morgan) and is mistaken for a visiting French dignitary. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Ben Model.

Friday, September 15 (7:30 p.m.)
“Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy” (1912-1926)
Steve Massa presents a series of shorts based on his latest book “Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy.” Massa, who has devoted 45 years to researching the genre, has delighted Packard Campus Theater audiences in the past with similar programs featuring rare silent comedies featured in his critically-acclaimed earlier tomes, “Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten of Silent Comedy” and “Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker.” Massa has organized and curated comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. Shorts include on the program include “Pants” (1919) starring Gale Henry, “How the Stars are Made” (1916) starring Alice Howell, and “His Wife Knew About It” starring Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew and Kate Price. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Ben Model.

Saturday, September 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Temptress” (MGM, 1926)
Greta Garbo’s performance in the 1924 Swedish film “The Saga of Gosta Berling” caught the attention of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer, who brought the 20-year-old actress to Hollywood the following year, along with that film’s director and Garbo’s mentor, Mauritz Stiller. Her first American film, “The Torrent,” was a hit, and her performance as a seductress was critically acclaimed. In Garbo's second film for MGM, she plays yet another wicked woman who makes a pastime out of breaking men's hearts. “The Temptress” was also a great success, with critics’ enthusiasm suggesting the emergence of a great star. Directed by Fred Niblo, the film costars Antonio Moreno and Lionel Barrymore. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Ben Model.

Monday, September 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Dawson City: Frozen Time” (Hypnotic Pictures, 2016)
“Dawson City: Frozen Time,” pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from the 1910s-1920s, which were lost for more than 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool in Dawson City, deep in the Yukon Territory, about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Using these permafrost-protected, rare silent films, plus newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), the documentary depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery and salvation — and through that collection, how an important hunting and fishing camp for a nomadic First Nation was transformed and displaced. The film’s director, Bill Morrison, will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A following the screening.

Thursday, September 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Red Molly (Live)
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro) and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music— from folk roots to bluegrass and heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk— as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring crystalline three-part harmonies. Free ticket reservations for this show are available at

Friday, September 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Martin Family Circus (Live)
The Martin Family Circus returns to the Packard Campus Theater following a full-house performance last December. Bringing their energetic mix of country, pop and rock music, this vocal-driven melodic band of two parents and four kids, ranging in age from ten to nineteen, pack a punch with their rich stack of family harmonies. Martin Family Circus delivers soulful family harmony, steeped in traditional roots. Free ticket reservations for this family-friendly concert are available at

Saturday, September 23 (7:30 p.m.)
"Fifty Candles" (Hodkinson Pictures, 1921)
Irvin V. Willat directed this impressively somber melodrama based on a novel by Earl Derr Biggers, who also penned the Charlie Chan detective series. A Chinese man (Hung Chin Chung) in Hawaii escapes deportation and certain death by becoming the virtual slave of rich scoundrel Henry Drew. Years later, a number of people on board a ship sailing to San Francisco with the Drew family and Chung wish Drew dead, and one of them succeeds. This rarely-seen mystery stars Bertram Grassby, William Carrol, Edward Burns and Marjorie Daw. Jon Marsalis will provide live musical accompaniment.

Sunday, September 24 (7:30 p.m.) 
The Malpass Brothers 
Christopher and Taylor Malpass were a tremendous hit when they appeared at the Packard Campus Theater last September, performing their unique brand of vintage country and gospel music. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the Malpass Brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at

Wednesday, September 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Dom Flemons: The American Songster (Live) 
Dom Flemons is a Grammy award-winning rootsy singer/songwriter with a bent toward Americana, folk, banjo, and jug band music. Flemons first came to the public's attention as a member and co-founder of the African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Today, he tours internationally mixing traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to a wide audience. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at

Friday, September 29 (7:30 p.m.) 
Mark Matusof: A Night of Stand-up Comedy
Stand-up comedy makes a return to the Packard Campus Theater with an encore performance by Mark Matusof, who played the first standup night at the Packard Campus in 2013. Mark is a Washington D.C.-based comedian who has been described as "funny without being vulgar or nasty." A former aerospace engineer, Mark performs throughout the United States and his brand of humor is clean without being bland. Opening the evening will be D.C. area comic Jimmy Meritt. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at

Saturday, September 30 (7:30 p.m.)
An Evening of Old-Time Radio
The Metro Washington Old-Time Radio Club makes its third appearance at the Packard Theater with an evening they call "Mostly Lost Radio." These are programs for which, in most cases, recordings of their original broadcast no longer survive. They will begin with three examples of domestic comedy: "Raising Junior," an early NBC series from 1930; "Post Toasties Time" from 1942, featuring "Baby Snooks," the character originated by Fanny ("Funny Girl") Brice; and "Easy Aces" from 1945, conceived and originally performed by Goodman Ace (later the head writer for Milton Berle and Perry Como) and his wife Jane. The finale will be the famous "Chicken Heart," written by Arch Oboler for the “Lights Out" series. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at


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