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December 2018

  • December 12, 2018  (18-144)
    National Film Registry Turns 30 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady”...
    • Date: 2018-12-12

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-141)
    Library Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the...
    • Date: 2018-11-29

October 2018

  • October 11, 2018  (18-131)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2018 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Stefano Gervasoni and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Huck Hodge and...
    • Date: 2018-10-11

September 2018

  • September 26, 2018  (18-125)
    National Screening Room of Free Motion Pictures Now Online The Library of Congress announced today that it has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website. Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully downloadable. Permissions were granted for the inclusion of...
    • Date: 2018-09-26
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124S)
    Superestrellas internacionales Emilio y Gloria Estefan galardonados con el Premio Gershwin La Bibliotecaria del Congreso, Carla Hayden, anunció hoy que la pareja de artistas, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, será la próxima en recibir el Premio Gershwin a la canción popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso.La cadena de televisión pública, PBS (sigla en inglés), transmitirá por sus estaciones la serie de conciertos del Premio Gershwin, ganadora de un premio Emmy.El dúo Estefan simboliza la diversidad cultural...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124)
    International Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Named Recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural diversity of the American...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 6, 2018  (18-113)
    "Star Wars Under the Stars" at the Library of Congress 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...
    • Date: 2018-09-06

August 2018

  • August 14, 2018  (18-099)
    Library of Congress Announces 2018-2019 Concert Season The Library of Congress launches an exciting and richly diverse 2018-2019 season of exceptional concerts, lectures, film screenings and conversations with artists and scholars, beginning Oct. 6, 2018, through June 1, 2019. The “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series presents an extraordinary selection of more than 75 free events embracing classical music, jazz, pop, dance and American musical theater and much more. The...
    • Date: 2018-08-14

July 2018

  • July 2, 2018  (18-089)
    Library Washington Performing Arts Present Summer Concerts on the Lawn The Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative will co-host the first “Summer Concerts on the Lawn”outdoor musical performance series. The performances will be Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 19 through Aug. 23 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The July 19 through Aug. 16 performances will...
    • Date: 2018-07-02

May 2018

  • May 11, 2018  (18-050)
    Library's Cinematic Treasure Hunt for "Mostly Lost" Films The hunt for lost cinematic treasure will take place again this year at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. Scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts will pool their collective expertise to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the seventh annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. This free...
    • Date: 2018-05-11
  • May 7, 2018  (18-064)
    Library of Congress Announces 2018 Homegrown Concert Series The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music, dance and drama drawn from communities across the United States to the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The...
    • Date: 2018-05-07

April 2018

  • April 23, 2018  (18-057)
    Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
    • Date: 2018-04-23
  • April 10, 2018  (18-038)
    Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...
    • Date: 2018-04-10

March 2018

  • March 21, 2018  (18-028)
    National Recording Registry Reaches 500 Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
    • Date: 2018-03-21
  • March 8, 2018  (18-017)
    Library of Congress Offers Free Spring Activities Spring season brings warm temperatures, fresh flowers and free Library of Congress programming celebrating women in history, poetry, literature, art and science while introducing patrons to international culture and history with lectures, symposiums, book talks and a pop-up display.The Library recently announced the official events that will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival , as well as a host of...
    • Date: 2018-03-08
  • March 7, 2018  (18-018)
    Library Hosts International Disability Rights Panel The Library of Congress Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion. The event will highlight what the Library currently does for patrons and staff who have disabilities in addition to best practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through...
    • Date: 2018-03-07

February 2018

  • February 13, 2018  (18-013)
    March at Packard Campus Offers an Award Tour Spanning Eight Decades In March, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will screen a wide variety of motion-picture genres spanning eight decades, from “Captains Courageous” (1937), featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Spencer Tracy, to the epic best picture Oscar winner for 2000, “Gladiator,” starring Russell Crowe. Other titles in the lineup include Dreamworks’ animated musical adaptation of the story of Moses, “The Prince of Egypt,” and...
    • Date: 2018-02-13

January 2018

  • January 16, 2018  (18-004)
    Columbia Pictures Classics and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at Packard In February, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater continues its tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with features released in the 1960s through the1990s. The lineup includes four National Film Registry titles: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Last Picture Show” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” The eight Columbia Pictures to be featured won a combined 19 Academy...
    • Date: 2018-01-16

December 2017

  • December 13, 2017  (17-178)
    2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams' Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
    • Date: 2017-12-13
  • December 12, 2017  (17-180)
    Classic Columbia Pictures Featured at the Packard Campus Theater The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will pay tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with screenings of features dating from the studio’s first picture release, “Submarine,” directed by Frank Capra, to the British Cold War spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” (1959) the starring Alec Guinness. Also, the January lineup dedicates the final week of screenings to famed director Capra, with “It Happened...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 12, 2017  (17-179)
    Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 8, 2017  (17-176)
    Spend the Chilly Months Inside the Library of Congress This winter season, the Library will host a multitude of free programming that highlight musical genius, showcase film, open the doors of the Main Reading Room and introduces patrons to a world of knowledge and recent findings with lectures, symposiums and book talks. Winter is the perfect time for music enthusiasts to reserve their tickets for the spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress”...
    • Date: 2017-12-08

November 2017

  • November 15, 2017  (17-172)
    Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15. The diverse group of performers will pay homage to Bennett’s extraordinary gift as an interpreter of America’s songbook—showcasing some his most memorable songs—at...
    • Date: 2017-11-15
  • November 13, 2017  (17-170)
    Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 3, 2017  (17-166)
    Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
    • Date: 2017-11-03

October 2017

  • October 18, 2017  (17-147)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jérôme Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam...
    • Date: 2017-10-18
  • October 16, 2017  (17-152)
    November Film and Event Series at Packard Campus Theater The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and conversation featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. Smith will be joined by her husband of 20 years, Marty Stuart, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for this free...
    • Date: 2017-10-16
  • October 6, 2017  (17-146)
    Library's Packard Campus to Host Country Music Duo The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of country music featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “The Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater.Smith will be joined by her husband and multiple Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Packard...
    • Date: 2017-10-06

September 2017

  • September 29, 2017  (17-141)
    Library of Congress Expands Hispanic Celebration The Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division and Hispanic Cultural Society will host a set of programs and displays to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, in conjunction with the Semi-annual Main Reading Room open house at the Library on Monday, October 9. From a Frida Kahlo-themed story time to the public premiere of the Discovery en Español’s docudrama “Benito Juárez, La Derrota de un Imperio,” these...
    • Date: 2017-09-29
  • September 20, 2017  (17-127)
    Film Noir and Horror at the Packard Campus in October Carl Reiner’s 1982 comedy “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” both a parody of and homage to 1940s film noir and detective movies, serves as the catalyst for a film series the first two weeks in October at the Library of Congress Packard Theater. In Reiner’s film, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is surrounded by a supporting cast of stars from the past, including...
    • Date: 2017-09-20
  • September 11, 2017  (17-118)
    Autumn Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings. After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with...
    • Date: 2017-09-11
  • September 8, 2017  (17-125)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 The Library of Congress celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, with a collections display and series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives. The programs are being hosted by various divisions throughout the Library. All events are free, but tickets are required for some, and there may be special restrictions.Kicking off the month-long celebration will be a...
    • Date: 2017-09-08

August 2017

  • August 22, 2017  (17-115)
    2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-08-22
  • August 17, 2017  (17-117)
    Live Performances and Silent Movies in September at Packard Campus 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...
    • Date: 2017-08-17
  • August 16, 2017  (17-114)
    Library of Congress Announces 2017-2018 Concert Season The Library of Congress kicks off its 2017-2018 concert season with a terrific pair of back-to-back concerts. On October 18, the contemporary music super-group Ensemble Signal performs works by pioneering minimalist composer Steve Reich in a concert presented in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts. Hailing from the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, the Grammy® Award-winning band La Santa Cecilia on October 19 brings to...
    • Date: 2017-08-16

July 2017

  • July 18, 2017  (17-101)
    August at Packard Spotlights World War II and the Sound of Blues Highlights on the August schedule for the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater include World War II films that commemorate the U.S. Army Air Force’s bombardier training program and the 75th anniversaries of the Siege of Malta and the Battle of Mount Austen in Guadalcanal. Blues songwriter, singer, guitarist and Virginia native Eli Cook will perform live in concert on August 18.“Eli Cook –...
    • Date: 2017-07-18

June 2017

  • June 26, 2017  (17-090)
    Singer Billy Bragg To Discuss the British Skiffle Music Craze The roots of skiffle as a musical genre and its influence on popular music will be discussed in a book talk by singer and guitarist Billy Bragg at 7 p.m., Friday, July 21, at the Library of Congress in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is co-sponsored by...
    • Date: 2017-06-26
  • June 20, 2017  (17-089)
    Librarian of Congress Names Tony Bennett Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.Tony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums...
    • Date: 2017-06-20
  • June 15, 2017  (17-088)
    Sevens Are Up in Library's July Packard Campus Films A series of films released in the seventh year of the decade, ranging from silent romantic comedy “Breakfast at Sunrise” (1927) to the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” will be screened the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in July. Many National Film Registry titles are featured in the lineup including “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), and Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937).Four classic Westerns...
    • Date: 2017-06-15
  • June 12, 2017  (17-082)
    Library to Host Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress will host a special outdoor film festival this summer to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library’s National Film Registry. The six-film series—“LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”—will be presented on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. from July 13 through August 17 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from...
    • Date: 2017-06-12

May 2017

  • May 24, 2017  (17-075)
    "Merchant of Venice" Gets a Sequel The Law Library of Congress will present a live performance titled, “Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto” on Wednesday, June 21 at 5 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required and available at this website. The...
    • Date: 2017-05-24
  • May 15, 2017  (17-072)
    Marx Brothers, Rare Silent Films and Sounds of the '60s Featured at Packard Campus Theater in June Screenings surrounding the American utopianism known as 1967’s “Summer of Love” will open the month at the Packard  Campus Theater, featuring two evenings of top American and British rock acts of the 1960s from the prime time television series “Shindig!” and the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, as well as a screening of the 1967 feature “The Happening.” The American family comedy team known as The...
    • Date: 2017-05-15
  • May 1, 2017  (17-062)
    Library Investigates "Mostly Lost" Films The Library of Congress has a casting call out for scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts to participate in a cinematic treasure hunt by registering for its free “Mostly Lost” workshop at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17.  The quest of the film detectives is to find clues that will lead to the identification of...
    • Date: 2017-05-01