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April 25, 2008

Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress

May - August 2008

Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MAY 2008

May 1
Thursday
ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
A traditional Lao dance performance is followed by a Lao-American fashion show in a program co-sponsored by the Library’s Office of Workforce Diversity and the Lao American Women Association at 1 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-2101.

May 1
Thursday
PANEL DISCUSSION
The Law Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of Law Day with an examination of what the Rule of Law means to established and to emerging countries at 1 p.m. in the Northeast Hall and Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Reservations are required. Contact: 707-9834.

May 1
Thursday
IRANIAN FILM SERIES
"Safar-i Qandahar" or "Kandahar" (Makhmalbaf Film House – Bac Films, Iran/France, 2001). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Reservations may be made by phone beginning one week before any given show. Call 707-5677 during business hours. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. All programs are free, but seating is limited to 60 seats.

May 2
Friday
IRANIAN FILM SERIES
"Osama" (Barmak Films – LeBrocquy Fraser Productions – NHK, Afghanistan/Ireland/Japan, 2003). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 2
Friday
CONCERT
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents an evening of Beethoven and Mozart 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.

May 6
Tuesday
LECTURE
Tom Sever, NASA archaeologist, presents a talk on "Avoiding the Fate of the Mayans" in a program co-sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

May 6
Tuesday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Madeleine Albright discusses and signs her book "Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership" in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707-5221.

May 6
Tuesday
LECTURE
Marine Corps Capt. Eric Navarro discusses his book "God Willing: My Wild Ride with the New Iraqi Army" in a program sponsored by the LCPA Veterans' Forum at noon in LM 139. Contact: 707-5034.

May 6
Tuesday
MYRON M. WEINSTEIN MEMORIAL LECTURE
Marsha Rozenblit, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Maryland, delivers the annual Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Reservations are required. Contact: 707-3779.

May 6
Tuesday
ROLLER DISCO CINEMA FILM SERIES
"Skatetown U.S.A." (Skatetown Co./Columbia, 1979), "Roller Skating Safety" (Charles Cahill & Associates/Aims Instructional Media, 1980) and "Roller Skate Fever" (Shaper-Panahi Productions/Pyramid Films, 1981). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 7
Wednesday
ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Michelle Rhee, chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, delivers the keynote address in a program sponsored by the Library’s Office of Workforce Diversity at 1 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-2101.

May 7
Wednesday
JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Joan Nathan will speak following a screening of clips from her PBS series "Jewish Cooking in America" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. The program is being sponsored by the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division. Contact: 707-3779.

May 8
Thursday
EXHIBITION OPENING
"Alvin Ailey: 50 Years as Cultural Ambassador to the World" features material from the Library’s Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Archive and selected items from the Lester Horton Dance Theater Collection, including images of choreographic works and examples of Ailey’s most notable creations such as "Cry" and "Revelations." The exhibition, which closes Sept. 6, is on view Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the foyer of the Performing Arts Reading Room. Contact: 707-4604.

May 8
Thursday
LECTURE
Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses the agency’s report "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence" in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

May 8
Thursday
POETRY READING
Poet Laureate Charles Simic closes the literary season in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5394.

May 8
Thursday
TWO BY LOACH FILM SERIES
"Family Life" or "Wednesday’s Child" (Kestrel Films, U.K., 1971). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 9
Friday
TWO BY LOACH FILM SERIES
"Black Jack" (Kestrel Films, U.K., 1979). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 9
Friday
CONCERT
The St. Petersburg Quartet, with violist Michael Tree, performs Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Dvořák at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

May 12
Monday
CEREMONY
Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass hosts the River of Words awards ceremony for winners of the 2007-2008 environmental poetry and art contest for young people in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at 10 a.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-5221.

May 12
Monday
DIGITAL NATIVES LECTURE SERIES
Steven Berlin Johnson presents a talk on his book "Everything Bad is Good for You" in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at 4 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-2692.

May 13
Tuesday
FILM
"La Leggenda di Faust" or "Faust and the Devil" (Cineopera, Italy, 1948). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 15
Thursday
JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Professor Marc Lee Raphael presents a lecture on "The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America" at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division. Contact: 707-3779.

May 15
Thursday
FILM
"3:10 to Yuma" (Columbia, 1957). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 16
Friday
FILM
"Il Mondo di Yor" or "Yor, the Hunter from the Future" (Diamant Film – RAI, Italy, 1983), "Tron" [trailer] (1982), "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" [trailer] (1975), "Black Samurai [trailer] (1977), "Warlords of the 21st Century" [trailer] (1982) and "Creature" [trailer] (1985). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 16
Friday
CONCERT
The Parker String Quartet and Borromeo String Quartet join together in concert playing works by Tchaikovsky, Steven Mackey and György Kurtág at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

May 17
Saturday
WORKSHOP
Players from area musical groups are invited to join students of the New England Conservatory preparatory division for a music master class at 10 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5503.

May 17
Saturday
CONCERT
The Parker String Quartet and Borromeo String Quartet perform works by Beethoven and Dvorak at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

May 20
Tuesday
LECTURE
Mitch Yockelson will discuss his book "Borrowed Soldiers: Americans Under British Command, 1918" in a program sponsored by the Library’s Veterans’ Forum at noon in LM 139. Contact: 707-5034.

May 20
Tuesday
THE LEGACY OF BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON FILM SERIES
"The Little Colonel" (Fox, 1935). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater.

May 21
Wednesday
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE
Jonathan Dueck, visiting assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, presents "Empires, Multiculturalisms and Borrowed Heartsongs: What Does it Mean to Sing Russian/Mennonite Songs" in a program sponsored by the American Folklife Center at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

May 21
Wednesday
THE LEGACY OF BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON FILM SERIES
"The Littlest Rebel" (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1935). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 22
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Karen Carter presents a talk on her research "Art in the Streets: Late 19th Century French Posters" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-2692.

May 22
Thursday
LECTURE
Former New York Times correspondent Adam Clymer discusses his book "Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right" in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

May 22
Thursday
THE LEGACY OF BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON FILM SERIES
"Stormy Weather" (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943) and "The Nicholas Brothers: Flying High" (Van Ness Films, 1999). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 23
Friday
PANEL DISCUSSION
Literary critics and poets discuss the lasting influence of Mexican Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room. The program is being co-sponsored by the Library’s Hispanic Division and Poetry and Literature Center along with the Embassy of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture. Contact: 707-2013.

May 23
Friday
FILM
"A Rage to Live" (Mirisch Corp. – Rage Productions/United Artists, 1965). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 23
Friday
CONCERT
Ayodele Casel, Tappers with Attitude, Dianne Walker, Baakari Wilder and others present a multigenerational tapfest celebrating the legacy of the great William "Bojangles" Robinson at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

May 26
Monday
MEMORIAL DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Memorial Day holiday.

May 27
Tuesday
FILM
"Wild River" (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 28
Wednesday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Opalanga Pugh presents African-American storytelling and music from Colorado as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

May 28
Wednesday
ASIAN/PACIFC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
The Library’s Office of Workforce Diversity is hosting a multi-cultural program featuring a traditional Korean drum and fan dance performance by the Asian American Arts Center at 12:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-2101.

May 29
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Staff Fellow Steve Stathis presents a lecture on his research project "Congress: Crucible of American Democracy" at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

May 29
Thursday
TWO BY WARHOL FILM SERIES
"I, A Man" (Andy Warhol Films, 1967) and "Fashion: Flowers" (Manhattan Cable, 1980). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 29
Thursday
CONCERT
The Library of Congress begins its year-long salute to Elliott Carter’s centenary with a performance of his Quintet for Piano and String Quartet at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

May 30
Friday
TWO BY WARHOL FILM SERIES
"The Nude Restaurant" (Andy Warhol Films, 1967) and "Andy Warhol’s TV: The Best of Andy Warhol’s TV" (Madison Square Garden Network, 1981). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

May 31
Saturday
CONCERT
The Barnatan/Ferschtman/Weilerstein Trio presents a program of Schubert at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 2 entry for contact and ticket information.

JUNE 2008

June 3
Tuesday
TUDORS ON FILM SERIES
"Anne of a Thousand Days" (Universal, U.K., 1969). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Reservations may be made by phone beginning one week before any given show. Call 707-5677 during business hours. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. All programs are free, but seating is limited to 60 seats.

June 4
Wednesday
LECTURE
Peter Hildebrand presents a talk on "Earth’s Water Cycle in a Changing Climate" in a program co-sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

June 5
Thursday
FILM
"Red, White and Zero" (Holly Productions for Woodfall/United Artists, U.K., 1967). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 6
Friday
FILM
"Queen of Burlesque" (Sigmund Neufeld Productions/PRC, 1946) and "Tiger Fangs" (PRC, 1943). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 10
Tuesday
TUDORS ON FILM SERIES
"Young Bess" (MGM, 1953). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 12
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Claudia Haake presents a lecture on her research project "The Roots of Identity: Indigenous Societies and Land in the Americas" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-2692.

June 12
Thursday
BOOK TALK
Derek Chollet and Jim Goldgeier discuss their book "America Between the Wars" in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

June 12
Thursday
BORZAGE’S GERMANY FILM SERIES
"Three Comrades" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 13
Friday
BORZAGE’S GERMANY FILM SERIES
"The Mortal Storm" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 17
Tuesday
LECTURE
Author Pearl Sofaer discusses her book "From Baghdad to Bombay: In the Kitchens of My Cousins" at noon in the West Dining Room. The event is being co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern and the Asian divisions. Contact: 707-3779.

June 17
Tuesday
TUDORS ON FILM SERIES
"The Prince and the Pauper" (Warner Bros., 1937). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 19
Thursday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Marita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra present a program of Albanian music from New York state, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

June 19
Thursday
JAPAN AT WAR FILM SERIES
"Gekido no showashi–Okinawa kessen" or "The Battle of Okinawa" (Toho, 1971). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 20
Friday
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Ethel Raim, director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, presents a talk on "A Conversation in Fieldwork: The Balkans and the Urban Landscape of New York City" in a program sponsored by the American Folklife Center at 11 a.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5510.

June 20
Friday
FILM
"Tokyo Orinpikku" or "Tokyo Olympiad" (Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad – Toho, Japan, 1965). 6:30 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 23
Monday
DIGITAL NATIVES LECTURE SERIES
Michael Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, presents a talk on "The Anthropology of YouTube" in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at 4 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-2692.

June 24
Tuesday
TUDORS ON FILM SERES
"Mary, Queen of Scots" (Hal Wallis Productions – Universal, U.S./U.K., 1971). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 26
Thursday
JAPAN AT WAR FILM SERIES
"Himeyuri no To" or "The Eternal Monument" or "Tower of the Lilies" (Geneisha/Toho, 1982). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 27
Friday
FILM
"Wake in Fright," a.k.a. "Outback" (NLT Productions – Group W Films, Austrailia/U.S., 1971); "Frightmare" [trailer] (1974); "Love and Bullets" [trailer] (1979); "Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary" [trailer] (1975); and "Small Apartment" (Andrew T. Betzer Films, 2008). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

June 30
Monday
DIGITAL NATIVES LECTURE SERIES
Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Screenagers: Lessons in Chaos from Digital Kids" discusses "Open Source Reality" in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at 4 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-2692.

JULY 2008

July 4
Friday
INDEPENDENCE DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Independence Day holiday.

July 10
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Chitralekha Zutshi presents a talk on her research project "Sociocultural History of the Kashmiri Shawl" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-2692.

July 17
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Geert Buelens presents a talk on his research "National and/or European Identity in the Avant-Garde and Traditional Poetry of the First World War" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-2692.

July 24
Thursday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
The Zionaires present gospel music from Delaware as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

AUGUST 2008

Aug. 20
Wednesday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Gary Hameleau and his band perform Hawaiian slack-key guitar from Nevada, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

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; LM 139, 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 St. S.E., at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

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PR 08-085
04/25/08
ISSN 0731-3527

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