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August 15, 1007

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Events at the Library of Congress

September–December 2007

Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code. All events are free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER 2007

Sept. 3
Monday
LABOR DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Labor Day holiday.

Sept. 5
Wednesday
ISRAELI FILM SERIES
As part of the Library’s continuing Israeli Film Series, the documentary “Code Name: Bayonet” will be screened in a program co-sponsored by the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division and the Hebrew Language Table in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-9897.

Sept. 6
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kay Shelemay, Kluge Chair of Modern Culture, presents a talk on “Music in the Ethiopian American Diaspora: A Preliminary Overview” in a program co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

Sept. 7
Friday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Mark Dimunation, chief of the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, presents a talk on “Forged in Fire: Reconstructing Thomas Jefferson’s Library” in a program co-sponsored by the Washington Area Group on Print Culture Studies at 3 p.m. in LJ 113. Contact: 707-2962.

Sept. 11
Tuesday
BOOK TALK
Phil Kiver presents a talk on his book “182 Days in Iraq” in a program sponsored by the Library’s Veteran’s Forum at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5034.

Sept. 12
Wednesday
CONCERT
The Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir comes to America for the first time, performing Byzantine and Russian chant, folk song and Russian romances 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.

Sept. 17
Monday
LECTURE
Jonathan Knee, professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “The Accidental Investment Banker” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

Sept. 18
Tuesday
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) gives the keynote address for the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in a program sponsored by the Library’s Office of Workforce Diversity at 1 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-7540.

Sept. 19
Wednesday
LECTURE
Margaret Mills presents a talk on “Narrating Afghan Women’s Lives: The Problematics of Cover” as part of the Benjamin Botkin Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Sept. 20
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Charles Kupchan, Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, gives a talk on foreign policy at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

Sept. 21
Friday
FILM
The American Folklife Centers screens documentary films by National Endowment for the Arts 2007 Heritage Fellow Eddie Kamae at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Sept. 26
Wednesday
EXHIBITION OPENING
The Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of the musical “West Side Story” with the exhibition “West Side Story: Birth of a Classic.” The exhibition features items from the Library’s Leonard Bernstein Collection, including Bernstein’s copy of “Romeo and Juliet” with annotations about turning it into a musical, an early outline for the show, Bernstein's annotated audition notes, opening night telegrams, rehearsal and production photographs, two original watercolor set designs by Oliver Smith and original music manuscripts, sketches and related choreographic notes. The exhibition is on view from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the foyer of the Performing Arts Reading Room, LM 113, through March 29, 2008. Contact: 707-4604.

Sept. 28
Friday
LECTURE
Ambassadors Harry Gilmore, Peter Tomsen, Michael Lemmon, John Ordway and John Evans present “U.S. and Armenian Foreign Relations, 1991-2006: A Conversation with the First Five U.S. Ambassadors to Armenia” as part of the Library’s 13th annual Vardanant’s Day Armenian Lecture Series at 9 a.m. in the Mumford Room. This program is sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division. Contact: 707-5680.

Sept. 29
Saturday
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
The 2007 National Book Festival features 70 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets, who will discuss their work in various themed pavilions. Among the participants are David Baldacci, Jodi Picoult, Carmen Agra Deedy, Cat Cora, Holly Black, Michael Beschloss and Poet Laureate Charles Simic. The Festival takes place, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the National Mall between 7th and 14th Streets. Contact: (888) 714-4696 or visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/.

OCTOBER 2007

Oct. 4–5
Thursday–Friday
CONFERENCE
The Asian Division presents a two-day conference, “A National Conference on Establishing an Asian Pacific American Collection at the Library of Congress,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5673.

Oct. 4
Thursday
CONCERT
Dhafer Youssef, oud player, performs with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and the Divine Shadows String Quartet 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.

Oct. 6
Saturday
AWARDS CEREMONY
The Hispanic Division and the Center for the Book in cooperation with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee present the Américas Awards for Children and Young Adult Literature to Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren and Margarita Engle, at 10 a.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-2013.

Oct. 8
Monday
COLUMBUS DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Columbus Day holiday.

Oct. 9
Tuesday
POETRY AT NOON
Adele Steiner, Willa Schneberg and Nin Anderson read poems on “Magic and Magicians” during today’s noontime program in the Mary Pickford Theater sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center. Contact: 707-5394.

Oct. 11
Thursday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Martin Meredith discusses his book “Diamonds, Gold and the War: The British, the Boers and the Making of South Africa” in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and African and Middle Eastern Division at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Oct. 11
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Visiting Scholar Jenna Joselit presents a talk on “Ten Commandments in American Society and Culture” at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

Oct. 12
Friday
BOOK TALK
Major Wayne H. Bowen presents a talk on his book “Undoing Sadam: From Occupation to Sovereignty in Northern Iraq” in a program sponsored by the Library’s Veteran’s Forum at noon in LM 139. Contact: 707-5034.

Oct. 12
Friday
CONCERT
Imani Winds performs the Washington premiere of “Terra Incognita,” written by jazz musician Wayne Shorter, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Oct. 4 entry for contact and ticket information.

Oct. 15
Monday
CONCERT
Members of Signature Theatre, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, present a 50th anniversary concert of “West Side Story,” based on Leonard Bernstein’s manuscripts found in the Library’s collections, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Oct. 4 entry for contact and ticket information.

Oct. 17
Wednesday
LECTURE
Compton Tucker of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory presents a talk on “Observing, Fighting and Mitigating Damage from Fires” in a program co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and NASA at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

Oct. 17
Wednesday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Aubrey Ghent and friends present a program of sacred lap steel guitar music from Tennessee, the first in the Homegrown 2007 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

Oct. 18
Thursday
POE in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and Virginia Center for the Book at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5221.

Oct. 26
Friday
PRE-CONCERT TALK
Composer-pianist Fred Hersch talks about his experience at The MacDowell Colony, the first artists’ residency program in America, at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Oct. 26
Friday
CONCERT
Pianists Fred Hersch and Blair McMillen with The Gramercy Trio perform as part of the Library’s MacDowell Colony centennial celebration at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Oct. 4 entry for contact and ticket information.

Oct. 29
Monday
READING
The Asian Division presents “Hauntings & Visitations: An Evening of Asian Ghost Stories” at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-8910.

Oct. 30
Tuesday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Robin Rausch, curator of the Library’s MacDowell Colony exhibition, presents a talk on the book “A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony, 1907-2007” in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Music Division at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Oct. 30
Tuesday
CONCERT
Alarm Will Sound performs works by Birstwistle, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Xenakis, Mochipet and The Shaggs in celebration of the Coolidge Auditorium’s Founder’s Day at 8 p.m. The concert is followed by panel discussion with members of Alarm Will Sound. See Oct. 4 entry for contact and ticket information.

NOVEMBER 2007

Nov. 1
Thursday
PRE-CONCERT TALK
Norman Middleton of the Library’s Music Division moderates a panel discussion on Jelly Roll Morton at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Nov. 1
Thursday
CONCERT
New Orleans pianists Allen Toussaint and Henry Butler perform together 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.

Nov. 2
Friday
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Loriene Roy, American Library Association president, discuses her national reading club for Native American children in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and Office of Workforce Diversity at noon in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5221.

Nov. 3
Saturday
CONCERT
Café Zimmerman performs works by J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Nov. 1 entry for contact and ticket information.

Nov. 5
Monday
LECTURE
Judith Jones, senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf, discusses her book “The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food” in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5664.

Nov. 7
Wednesday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Vanessa James discusses her book “Shakespeare’s Genealogies: Plots and Illustrated Family Trees for All 42 Works” in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Publishing Office at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Nov. 8
Thursday
BOOKS & BEYOND
Raymond J. Batvinis discusses his book “The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence” in a program co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and Manuscript Division at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Nov. 8
Thursday
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Staff Fellow Steve Stathis presents a talk on his research project “Congress: Crucible of American Democracy” at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2962.

Nov. 8
Thursday
POETRY READING
The Library continues its centennial celebration of The MacDowell Colony with readings by several colony fellows in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5394.

Nov. 9
Friday
PRE-CONCERT TALK
Robin Rausch of the Library’s Music Division gives a presentation on The MacDowell Colony at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Nov. 9
Friday
CONCERT
Norman Scribner conducts an evening of choral music written by Edward MacDowell and MacDowell Colony fellows Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, Amy Beach and Virgil Thomson, wrapping up the Library’s centennial celebration of The MacDowell Colony, the first artists’ colony in America, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Nov. 1 entry for contact and ticket information.

Nov. 12
Monday
VETERANS DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Veterans Day holiday.

Nov. 15
Thursday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner of the Rosebud and Crow Creek Sioux tribes of South Dakota perform hoop dances, another in the Homegrown 2007 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Nov. 16
Friday
CONCERT
Quatuor Ysaÿe performs works by Haydn, Saint-Saëns and Schumann at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Nov. 1 entry for contact and ticket information.

Nov. 19
Monday
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FILM SERIES
“The Big T.N.T. Show” (1966), 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.

Nov. 22
Thursday
THANKSGIVING DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Nov. 26
Monday
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FILM SERIES
“Blue Wild Angel – Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight” (1971), 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

Nov. 28
Wednesday
LECTURE
Thomas W. Lippman, former Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post, and Tim Barger, publisher and son of the former president of Chevron, present a talk on Wallace Stegner’s book, “Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil,” in a program co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business and African and Middle Eastern divisions at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

Nov. 30
Friday
CONCERT
Rosanne Cash and Mark O’Connor present an evening of music in honor of Johnny Cash, including selections from Rosanne Cash’s Grammy-nominated album “Black Cadillac” and O’Connor’s piano trio “Poets and Prophets” at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Nov. 1 entry for contact and ticket information.

DECEMBER 2007

Dec. 3
Monday
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FILM SERIES
“The Concert for Bangladesh” (1972), 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.

Dec. 4
Tuesday
POETRY AT NOON
Today’s noontime reading features South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and fellow natives John Lane, Susan Meyers and Carol Ann Davis in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5394.

Dec. 6
Thursday
POETRY READING
Poet Laureate Charles Simic introduces a reading by James Tate and Jorie Graham in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707-5394.

Dec. 7
Friday
PRE-CONCERT TALK
Larry Appelbaum of the Library’s Music Division interviews Vijay Iyer and Miguel Zenón at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Dec. 7
Friday
CONCERT
The Vijay Iyer Quartet and the Miguel Zenón Quartet perform jazz, hip-hop and world music 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.

Dec. 8
Saturday
CONCERT
The Jerusalem Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Avni and Brahms in a program co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Dec. 7 entry for contact and ticket information.

Dec. 10
Monday
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FILM SERIES
“Janis” (1974), 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

Dec. 12
Wednesday
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Gandydancer performs old-time string band music from West Virginia, another in the Homegrown 2007 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Dec. 13
Thursday
EXHIBITION OPENING
“Early Americas” features the 1507 Waldseemuller World Map, the first map to use the name America, and items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. The exhibition, free and open to the public, is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-4604

Dec. 14
Friday
PRE-CONCERT TALK
Violinist and Library specialist Susan Manus talks to members of the Formosa Quartet about the world of music competitions at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Dec. 14
Friday
CONCERT
The Formosa Quartet performs works by Mozart, Shih-hui and Brahms in the annual Stradivari Anniversary Concert at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See Dec. 7 entry for contact and ticket information.

Dec. 17
Monday
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FILM SERIES
“Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” (1970), 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5677.

Dec. 25
Tuesday
CHRISTMAS DAY
All Library buildings are closed in observance of the federal Christmas Day holiday.

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

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PR 07-161
08/15/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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