Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Website: www.loc.gov/events
Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362

December 18, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Events at the Library of Congress

January – April 2007
(Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code)

All events are free and open to the public.

January 2007

Jan. 1
Monday
NEW YEAR’S DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal New Year’s Day holiday.

Jan. 3
Wednesday
FILM
The Library’s Asian Division sponsors a screening of “Dancing the Shrimp,” a documentary that explores why Louisiana became one of the earliest Asian settlements in the United States, at noon in the Asian Reading Room Foyer, LJ 150. Contact: 707-5673.

Jan. 6
Saturday
EXHIBITION CLOSES
“Maps in Our Lives,” an exhibition in recognition of a 30-year partnership between the Library’s Geography and Map Division and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), closes today in the corridor outside the Geography and Map Division, B Level of the Madison Building. The exhibit is on view from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: 707-4604.

Jan. 8
Monday
READING
Members of the Actors’ Center of Arlington present a reading of “Mammon,” a comedy by Guy Bolton recently found in the Library’s Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in the Manuscript Division, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1090.

Jan. 10
Wednesday
GALLERY TALK
Martha Kennedy of the Prints and Photographs Division discusses the work of graphic novelist Will Eisner at noon in the “American Treasures” exhibition, Southwest Gallery of the Great Hall. Contact: 707-9203.

Jan. 11
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER
Kluge Fellow Marianne Kamp, associate professor of history at the University of Wyoming, discusses her book “The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity and Unveiling Under Communism” at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707-3302.

Jan. 15
Monday
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 16
Tuesday
FILM PRESENTATION
Artist Mirta Kupferminc and text writer Saul Sosnowski discuss their book “Borges and the Kabbalah: Paths to the Word” followed by a documentary film on the book in a program sponsored by the Hispanic Division and Hebrew Language Table, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-9897.

Jan. 16
Tuesday
LECTURE
Swann Foundation Fellow Katherine Roeder gives a talk on “Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy and Mass Culture in the Work of Winsor McCay” in a program sponsored by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon and the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5836.

Jan. 17
Wednesday
GALLERY TALK
Pam van Ee of the Geography and Maps Division gives a talk on the Lenfest Collection of American Revolutionary War maps at noon in the “American Treasures” exhibition, Southwest Gallery of the Great Hall. Contact: 707-9203.

Jan. 24
Wednesday
LECTURE
Robert Bindschadler, chief scientist with the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, presents a talk on “Who Left the Freezer Door Open? What the Poles Are Telling Us About Climate Change” in a program cosponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and NASA at 11:30 a.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707-5664.

Jan. 24
Wednesday
PRECONCERT TALK
Nora Yeh, ethnomusicologist with the American Folklife Center, presents a talk titled “East Meets West: A Close Encounter of a Musical Kind” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Jan. 24
Wednesday
CONCERT
Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, with Wu Man on the Chinese pipa, perform works by Takemitsu, Tan Dun and Hikaru Hayashi at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required for this event; they are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900 or (410) 752-1200 and are limited to two per call. Each ticket carries a service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to try for standby seats at the will-call desk in the Jefferson Building by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. Contact: 707-5502.

Jan. 26
Friday
POETRY READING
Clayton Eshleman reads from his translation of the complete works of Peruvian poet César Vallejo in a program cosponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center, Office of Scholarly Programs and the Hispanic Division at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5394.

February 2007

Feb. 2
Friday
KLUGE CENTER EVENT
Members of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies discuss “Works in Progress” at 3:30 p.m. in LJ 113. Contact: 707-3302.

Feb. 3
Saturday
EXHIBITION CLOSING
“Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock” closes today in the “American Treasures” exhibition, Southwest Gallery of the Great Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: 707-4604.

Feb. 5
Monday
LECTURE
Tim Harford, columnist with Financial Times and Slate, discusses his book “The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor – and Why You can Never Buy a Decent Used Car” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707-5664.

Feb. 5
Monday
EXHIBITION CLOSING
The “American Treasures” exhibition located in the Southwest Gallery of the Great Hall is closed through Feb. 21. It will reopen to the public on Feb. 22 with hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: 707-4604.

Feb. 7
Wednesday
CONCERT
The American Folklife Center presents the first concert in the 2007 Homegrown Concert Series (performers to be announced) at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Feb. 8
Thursday
POETRY AT NOON
Today’s noontime program features readings on “Love Poems” in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1308.

Feb. 9
Friday
CONCERT
Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain premieres his Library of Congress McKim Fund commission and is joined by the ensemble Mission at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required for this event; they are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900 or (410) 752-1200 and are limited to two per call. Each ticket carries a service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to try for standby seats at the will-call desk in the Jefferson Building by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 13
Tuesday
POETRY READING
The Library’s Asian Division sponsors a reading of Asian love poems along with a performance by the St. Charles String Quartet at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-8910.

Feb. 14
Wednesday
LECTURE
Abbie Grotke of the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives discusses her book “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage: Classic Advice for Contemporary Dilemmas” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

Feb. 15
Thursday
PRECONCERT TALK
Denise Gallo of the Library’s Music Division gives a lecture on “The Scop’s Song,” discussing the performance practice of the Anglo-Saxon poet-historian and his role as entertainer and keeper of tradition and culture, at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 15
Thursday
CONCERT
Benjamin Bagby, cofounder of the early music ensemble Sequentia, presents a solo performance of the sixth century Anglo-Saxon epic “Beowulf” at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Feb. 9 entry for contact and ticket information.

Feb. 16
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Denise Gallo of the Music Division presents a talk on “Mozart and the Viola” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 16
Friday
CONCERT
Robert Mann, founder of the Julliard String Quartet, performs works by Mozart and Bartok with violinist Geoff Nutall, violist Nicholas Mann and cellist Bonnie Hampton at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Feb. 9 entry for contact and ticket information.

Feb. 19
Monday
PRESIDENTS’ DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Presidents’ Day holiday.

Feb. 21
Wednesday
PRECONCERT TALK
Walter Zvonchenko of the Music Division and James Flatness of the Geography and Map Division, present a talk on “The Venice of Vivaldi” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 21
Wednesday
CONCERT
The Venice Baroque Orchestra, with guest violinist Giuliano Carmignola, performs an all-Vivaldi concert at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. This program is cosponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy. See Feb. 9 entry for contact and ticket information.

Feb. 22
Thursday
EXHIBITION OPENING
The “American Treasures” exhibition reopens today with new installations “A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell Colony 1907-2007,” commemorating the centennial of the oldest artists’ colony in the United States, and William Shakespeare in the Southwest Gallery of the Great Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Contact: 707-4604.

Feb. 22
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Krzysztof Jaskulowski, assistant professor at the Institute of History at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, discusses Anglophone theories of Eastern European nationality at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707-3302.

Feb. 23
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and Karen Moses of the Library’s Music Division present a talk on “Flutes and Oboes Through the Ages” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 23
Friday
CONCERT
Flutist Mark Hantaï, pianist Jérôme Hantaï, violinist Alessandro Moccia and cellist Alix Verzier perform works by J.C. Bach, Haydn and Mozart in a program cosponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation and the Embassy of France, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Feb. 9 entry for contact and ticket information.

Feb. 24
Saturday
EXHIBITION CLOSES
“Cartoon America: Highlights from the J. Arthur Wood Jr. Collection of Cartoon and Caricature” closes today in the South Gallery of the Great Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: 707-4604.

Feb. 26
Monday
LECTURE
Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s, discusses his book “Copy This: Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea Into One of America’s Best Companies,” which he co-authored with Ann Marsh, in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707-5664.

Feb. 27
Tuesday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Mystery writer Sara Paretsky discusses her books featuring heroine Chicago private investigator V.I. Warshawski in a program cosponsored by the Center for the Book and Mystery Writers of America at 6 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5221.

Feb. 28
Wednesday
ISRAELI FILM SERIES
“A Treasure in Auschwitz” by Yahaly Gat is being screened in a program cosponsored by the Embassy of Israel and Hebrew Language Table at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-9897.

Feb. 28
Wednesday
PRECONCERT TALK
Tania French, Tania Leon and Frances McKay discuss “A Composer’s Career” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Feb. 28
Wednesday
CONCERT
The Artis-Quartett Wien performs works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, along with the East Coast premiere of a new string quartet by Virginia-born Tania French, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Feb. 9 entry for contact and ticket information.

March 2007

March 2
Friday
KLUGE CENTER EVENT
Douglas Boyce presents “Notations, Improvisations and Working Titles: The Function of Printed Scores in Shaping Modern Musical Performances” in a program cosponsored by the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies at 3:30 p.m. LJ 113. Contact: 707-3302.

March 2
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Fred Wasserman, curator of the Jewish Museum in New York and co-editor of “Schoenberg, Kandinsky and the Blue Rider,” discusses the book at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

March 2
Friday
CONCERT
The Aron Quartett performs works by Haydn, Schoenberg and Korngold at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required for this event; they are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900 or (410) 752-1200 and are limited to two per call. Each ticket carries a service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to try for standby seats at the will-call desk in the Jefferson Building by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. Contact: 707-5502.

March 6
Tuesday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Mary E. Neighbor discusses her book “Speak Right On: Dred Scott, a Novel” in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at 6 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5221.

March 7
Wednesday
KLUGE CENTER
Kluge Fellow Maurice Jackson of Georgetown University presents a talk on “Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) and the Atlantic Antislavery Crusade” at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707-3302.

March 7
Wednesday
LECTURE
Joseph Horowitz, author of “Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall,” presents the Louis C. Elson Memorial Lecture on “The Classical Music ‘Crisis’ and What to Do About It” at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

March 9
Friday
CONCERT
National Poetry Slam champion Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents excerpts from his works “Word Becomes Flesh” and “Scourge” at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See March 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

March 13
Tuesday
POETRY AT NOON
Today’s noontime program features poetry readings on “Forgiveness” in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1308.

March 15
Thursday
FILM
The American Folklife Center presents screenings of never-before-seen footage of folk music from around the world, shot in the 1960s by Pete and Toshi Seeger, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5510.

March 16
Friday
SYMPOSIUM
The American Folklife Center sponsors a symposium, “How Can I Keep From Singing: A Seeger Family Tribute,” featuring ethnomusicologist Tony Seeger and other scholars, cultural figures and musicians discussing the importance of the Seeger family to American music, at 9 a.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5510.

March 16
Friday
CONCERT
The Library of Congress presents “A Seeger Family Tribute” with a performance by folk artists Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. This event is cosponsored by the American Folklife Center as part of the “How Can I Keep From Singing: A Seeger Family Tribute” symposium. See March 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

March 21
Wednesday
LECTURE
Mark Nash discusses his book “1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

March 21
Wednesday
CONCERT
The American Folklife Center presents another concert in the Homegrown 2007 Series (performers to be announced) at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

March 23
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Barry Douglas discusses “A Northern Ireland Perspective (Part One)” with Philip Hammond, creative director of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007, at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

March 23
Friday
CONCERT
Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Carter in a concert cosponsored by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See March 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

March 29
Thursday
EXHIBITION OPENING
“On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints” is an exhibition of fine prints from the College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) Print Show. Marking the 50th anniversary of the CWAJ Print Show and the Library’s acquisition of prints exhibited in the show, the display features some 200 works by long-established artists Toko Shinoda, Reika Iwami, Fumio Kitaoka and Tadashi Nakayama. The exhibition will be on view 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday –Saturday in the Northwest Gallery of the Great Hall through June 30. Contact: 707-4604.

March 30
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Frank Albinder, director of the Washington Men’s Camerata; Ann Meier Baker, president of Chorus America; and Gunilla Marcus-Luboff and Robert Saladini, co-developers of the LC Choral Series, present a talk on “Men, Let’s Sing: Choral Music for Men’s Voices” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5502.

March 30
Friday
CONCERT
A capella men’s chamber choir Cantus sings pieces by Bernstein, Stephen Foster and Sting, among others, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See March 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

March 31
Saturday
PRECONCERT TALK
Larry Appelbaum, host of WPFW radio program “Sound of Surprise,” hosts “A Conversation with the Artists” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

March 31
Saturday
CONCERT
The Instant Composers Pool Orchestra presents a tribute to Duke Ellington in a program cosponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See March 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

April 2007

April 3
Tuesday
LECTURE
Wayne Esaias of the Ocean Sciences Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center presents a talk on “Honey Bees, Satellites and Climate Change” in a program cosponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and NASA at 11:30 a.m. in the Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

April 11
Wednesday
PRECONCERT TALK
Sorab Modi, music commentator, presents “The String Quartet: Past, Present and Future” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

April 11
Wednesday
CONCERT
The Jerusalem String Quartet performs works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky in a program cosponsored by the Embassy of Israel at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required for this event; they are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900 or (410) 752-1200 and are limited to two per call. Each ticket carries a service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to try for standby seats at the will-call desk in the Jefferson Building by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. Contact: 707-5502.

April 13
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Lorraine Faxio of Howard University and Anne McLean and Sam Perryman of the Library’s Music Division discuss “The Legacy of Nathaniel Dett” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

April 13
Friday
CONCERT
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale present a program of Afro-centric music, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See April 11 entry for contact and ticket information.

April 17
Tuesday
POETRY AT NOON
Today’s noontime program commemorates Shakespeare’s birthday with readings of select poems of the Bard in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1308.

April 18
Wednesday
LECTURE
Marion Nestle, New York University professor and food industry critic, discusses her books “Food Politics,” “Safe Food” and “What to Eat” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 1 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5664.

April 18
Wednesday
PRECONCERT TALK
Denis Gallo of the Library’s Music Division and David Morris, a German area specialist in the European Division, present a talk on “Chamber Music in Beethoven’s Vienna” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

April 18
Wednesday
CONCERT
Cellist Miklós Perenyi and pianist András Schiff perform an all-Beethoven concert at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See April 11 entry for contact and ticket information.

April 20
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Composer Armando Bayolo and members of the Euclid and Degas quartets discuss “Premiering a New Work” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

April 20
Friday
CONCERT
The Euclid and Degas quartets join forces in the East Coast premiere of a work written for them by Virginia-based composer Armando Bayolo, along with pieces by Debussy and Mendelssohn, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See April 11 for contact and ticket information.

April 24
Tuesday
LECTURE
Wenzhang Wang, dean of the Chinese Academy of Arts, discusses “Preservation of the Cultural Heritage in China” in a program sponsored by the Asian Division at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5673.

April 25
Wednesday
CONCERT
The American Folklife Center presents another concert in the Homegrown 2007 Series (performers to be announced) at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

April 27
Friday
PRECONCERT TALK
Brian Irvine talks with Philip Hammond, creative director of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007, in a program titled “A Northern Ireland Perspective (Part Two)” at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

April 27
Friday
CONCERT
The Brian Irvine Ensemble performs experimental music reminiscent of Frank Zappa and Emir Kusturica at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See April 11 entry for contact and ticket information.

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the original Library of Congress building; it 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.

Room Locations

JEFFERSON BUILDING: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor; Whittall Pavilion, ground floor; LJ 119, first floor; Great Hall, first floor; Southwest Gallery, second floor; Northwest Gallery, second floor.

MADISON BUILDING: Madison Hall, 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.

CONCERTS: Tickets are required for all Library of Congress Music Division concerts. They are available five weeks ahead of the event for a nominal charge of $2.75 per ticket (maximum of two tickets per person), with additional charges for phone orders and handling, from Ticketmaster by calling (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200, (800) 551-7328, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for popular events are claimed quickly, but there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to request standby seats by appearing at the will-call desk by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. All concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

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PR 06-225
12/18/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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