News from the Library of Congress

June 2017

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

April 2017

  • April 24, 2017  (17-056)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress May-July 2017 Note: Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code; additional venue information provided below listingsMay 1 – June 30DISPLAYOngoing display of JFK materials that includes special biographical information about JFK and books written by the former president. Also featured are books about Kennedy in foreign languages. Available for view Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall South...
    • Date: 2017-04-24
  • April 11, 2017  (17-052)
    May At Packard Brings Live Performances and Christopher Guest Films The ongoing “Marty Stuart Presents…” concert series returns at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater on Wednesday, May 10 for an evening of music and dialogue featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roger McGuinn as part of May programming that also features Christopher Guest films and a presentation by the director of the Filmmuseum München. Tickets are required for the McGuinn...
    • Date: 2017-04-11
  • April 4, 2017  (17-044)
    "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" Opens Today The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I.  “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project.The exhibition is located in the Southwest Gallery on the...
    • Date: 2017-04-04
  • April 3, 2017  (17-043)
    Library's Packard Campus Welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and dialogue featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and frontman of rock group “The Byrds,” Roger McGuinn, as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Presents …” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater.McGuinn will be joined by multiple Grammy-Award -Winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart at 7:30 p.m....
    • Date: 2017-04-03

March 2017

  • March 31, 2017  (17-040)
    Library Offers Events and Initiatives to Commemorate World War I The Library of Congress continues its array of programming to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  The events and initiatives include exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, War Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the...
    • Date: 2017-03-31
  • March 29, 2017  (17-029)
    National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-29
  • March 23, 2017  (17-027)
    Library to Host Series of Disco Events The Library of Congress is presenting a series of disco-themed events to celebrate and memorialize the era of the mid-1970s and early 1980s that changed American art, fashion, language and sound. “Bibliodiscotheque” will include two months of programs such as film screenings, lectures and a symposium followed by a disco party featuring Gloria Gaynor.“The disco era has left a lasting mark on our culture,”...
    • Date: 2017-03-23
  • March 13, 2017  (17-030)
    World War I, Art House and Comedy Films Featured in April The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entry into the First World War with three films set during the “War to End All Wars.” Titles include Howard Hawks' biographical film “Sergeant York,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2008. Screenings are part of a series of Library events...
    • Date: 2017-03-13
  • March 13, 2017  (17-032)
    Israeli Violinmaker Amnon Weinstein to Speak on "The Violins of Hope" March 23 Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violinmaker whose project “Violins of Hope,” locating and restoring violins played by Jewish victims of the Holocaust to commemorate their lives and bring hope to new generations, will speak about the project at the Library of Congress on Thursday, March 23 at noon. As part of the presentation, internationally known violinist Hannah Tarley will play musical selections on one of...
    • Date: 2017-03-13
  • March 3, 2017  (17-024)
    Director James Schamus to Screen "Indignation" at Library Film director James Schamus will screen his film “Indignation” and field questions from film historian David Bordwell at the Library of Congress on March 13.“James Schamus on Philip Roth and the Art of Adaptation” will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave, S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-03-03

February 2017

  • February 23, 2017  (17-020)
    Librarian of Congress Hosts Women's History Month Event Featuring Leaders in the Arts Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on March 22 will host a discussion with three dynamic leaders in the arts in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress.“In Conversation with the Librarian of Congress: Leaders in the Arts, a Celebration of Women’s History Month” will feature Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony; Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy...
    • Date: 2017-02-23
  • February 11, 2017  (17-019)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Celebrates Women Filmmakers The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will celebrate Women’s History Month by screening 15 features and a short, directed and/or written by women. The titles span from the silent era of comedy with Dorothy Arzner’s 1927 “Get Your Man” (a recent Library of Congress restoration) through the 21st Century with Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher” (2000) and Sophia Coppola’s...
    • Date: 2017-02-11
  • February 7, 2017  (17-015)
    "#Opera Before Instagram" Exhibition Travels to Los Angeles The Library of Congress exhibition “#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955” will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.Free and open to the public, the exhibition will close on Aug. 19, 2017.         “#Opera Before Instagram” presents photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late...
    • Date: 2017-02-07

January 2017

  • January 17, 2017  (17-008)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Screens Tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will pay tribute to Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, with a group of films highlighting their careers.  Both died recently- within one day of each other. Debbie will be seen in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “A Bundle of Joy” (which also features her...
    • Date: 2017-01-17
  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.  They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
    • Date: 2017-01-12

December 2016

  • December 22, 2016  (16-216)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress (Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code) ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLICMondayJan. 2NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAYAll buildings will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Contact: 707-8000.FridayJan. 6FILM“Citizen Kane” (RKO, 1941). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SaturdayJan. 7FILM"Fargo” (Gramercy, 1996, R-rated). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SundayJan. 8FILM“The...
    • Date: 2016-12-22
  • December 16, 2016  (16-214)
    National Film Registry Titles Featured in January Feature films and short subjects named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, in January. Dating from 1928 to 1996, these films have been named to the registry because of their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic significance.Several of the features being screened, including “The Princess Bride,” “Blackboard Jungle,”...
    • Date: 2016-12-16
  • December 14, 2016  (16-209)
    With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.  This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
    • Date: 2016-12-14

November 2016

  • November 18, 2016  (16-202)
    Packard Campus Theater Spotlights Pearl Harbor, Holiday Classics, Live Music The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the event that triggered the entry of the United States into World War II, with a series of films. Two of the films in the series include John Ford’s “They Were Expendable” and “From Here to Eternity,” which...
    • Date: 2016-11-18
  • November 16, 2016  (16-204)
    Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert.
    • Date: 2016-11-16

October 2016

  • October 17, 2016  (16-187)
    Packard Campus Theater Presents Sounds and Silents November’s lineup at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater in Culpeper, Va., kicks off with the sounds of country music. They include an evening of highlights from “The Johnny Cash Show," a sold-out concert by Bluegrass stars Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and the 1964 Hank Williams biopic.
    • Date: 2016-10-17

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August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

  • June 13, 2016  (16-105)
    July Screenings Salute Olivia de Havilland, Foreign Films The Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, will commemorate the 100th birthday of Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland with screenings of three of her films on consecutive Thursdays in July.
    • Date: 2016-06-13

May 2016

December 2015

  • December 22, 2015  (15-219)
    Public Events at the Library of Congress Events January - April 2016
    • Date: 2015-12-22
  • December 17, 2015  (15-218)
    National Film Registry Titles Featured in January Feature films and short subjects named to the National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, in January.
    • Date: 2015-12-17
  • December 3, 2015  (15-208)
    Library Acquires the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Collection The Library of Congress has taken another step in its effort to preserve American television and video by acquiring a collection of kinescopes, videotapes, 16 mm and Super 8 home movies of legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs and his wife, singer-actress-comedienne Edie Adams.
    • Date: 2015-12-03

November 2015

  • November 18, 2015  (15-202)
    Willie Nelson Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert The Library of Congress is celebrating Willie Nelson’s 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
    • Date: 2015-11-18
  • November 16, 2015  (15-206)
    Bing and Bogart Featured in Library's December Film Series The Library of Congress celebrates the holidays in its December film series with stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood such as the late Maureen O’Hara, James Stewart, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart.
    • Date: 2015-11-16
  • November 10, 2015  (15-198)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers.
    • Date: 2015-11-10
  • November 2, 2015  (15-200)
    Library of Congress Concert Will Honor Marta Casals Istomin The Library of Congress will present its Living Legend Award to Marta Casals Istomin, the renowned cellist, teacher and classical-music artistic director, at the Library on Nov. 2.
    • Date: 2015-11-02

October 2015