September 6, 2018 (REVISED September 27, 2018) "Star Wars Under the Stars" at the Library of Congress

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Star Wars Under the Stars

The Library of Congress will screen the original trilogy episodes of the blockbuster series, and host related events in late September. All of the following events will take place at the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Washington, DC and are free and open to the public.

Tickets are available for this free event, but not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site  for more information and to secure your ticket. 

Thursday, September 27
6:30-7:30 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium (inside the Jefferson Building)  – Characters from Star Wars will appear in costume and be available for photos with attendees. 
7:30 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium (inside the Jefferson Building)  – “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” screening.   

Friday, September 28
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Neptune Plaza – The United States Coast Guard band will perform a selection from Star Wars.
1-6 p.m., Whittall Pavilion – A display, “Celebrating Star Wars,” focuses on Star Wars materials and the works that inspired the story of Star Wars.
6 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium – “The Politics of a Galaxy, Far, Far Away”: A distinguished panel of scholars will discuss the prosperity and turmoil of the Star Wars Universe, the real life history it draws from and lessons it could teach us.
7:30 p.m., Jefferson Building North Lawn – “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”

Saturday, September 29
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Young Readers Center – Star Wars-themed crafts and activities all day where visitors can get to know the music and stories of Star Wars. A story time will be held at 11 a.m.  Open to kids and teens of all ages. All young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
1-6 p.m., Whittall Pavilion – The “Celebrating Star Wars,” display continues. 
5:30 p.m., Jefferson Building North Lawn – A performance by the United States Coast Guard as well as a costume contest.
7:30 p.m., Jefferson Building North Lawn – “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” the final movie in the original trilogy.

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PR 18-113
ISSN 0731-3527