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April 26, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Events at the Library of Congress, May - August 2011

Public Events at the Library of Congress

May – August 2011
(Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code)

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Wednesday
May 4
POETRY READING
U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin closes the literary season with a reading of his work at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5394.

Thursday
May 5
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Don Yoder of the University of Pennsylvania presents "The Two Worlds of the Pennsylvania Dutch" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Thursday
May 5
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Visiting scholar Adeeb Khalid presents "Between Empire and Revolution: The Making of Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1932" at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-5027.

Thursday
May 5
CONCERT
The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" performs the music of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gerry Mulligan at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Friday
May 6
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Composer Sebastian Currier talks about his new work and his career at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Tickets are not required. Contact: 707-5502.

Friday
May 6
CONCERT
Violinist Colin Jacobsen and pianist Bruce Levingston give the world premiere of works by Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier, David Bruce and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are distributed by TicketMaster at 202-397-7328, 410-547-7328 and 703-573-7328. Each ticket carries a nominal service charge of $2.80, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets. Contact: 707-5502.

Saturday
May 7
CONCERT
Singer Sue Mathys takes the stage for the program "Uniting Broadway with the Art of Chanson" at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are available by calling the Atlas Box Office at 399-7993. Contact: 707-5502.

Monday
May 9
INSIGHTS: EXPLORING THE COLLECTIONS
Mark Horowitz of the Library’s Music Division presents "Jonathan Larson: The Man Who Died too Young" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5502.

Wednesday
May 11
BOOKS & BEYOND
Adam Goodheart discusses his book "1861: The Civil War Awakening" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Thursday
May 12
LECTURE
Author Davi Walders talks about her new book "Women Against Tyranny: Poems of Resistance During the Holocaust" at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Thursday
May 12
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Visiting scholar Roshi Joan Halifax presents a lecture titled "Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience" at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-5027.

Friday
May 13
LECTURE
LaManda Joy of The Peterson Garden Project in Chicago presents "Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow" at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1212.

Friday
May 13
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Kevin LaVine of the Library’s Music Division discusses "Tchaikovsky and Taneyev: Mentor and Protégé" at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Friday
May 13
CONCERT
Pianist Tigran Alikanov pays homage to music from Moscow with a performance of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Tanayev at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. See May 6 entry for ticket and contact information.

Saturday
May 14
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Composers Judd Greenstein and Missy Mazzoli discuss their music at 6:15 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Saturday
May 14
CONCERT
The Now Ensemble and Victoire present music for the 21st century with a blend of chamber-rock and indie-classical music at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are available by calling the Atlas Box Office at 399-7993. Contact: 707-5502.

Monday
May 16
LECTURE
Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas and Norman Scribner, artistic director for Washington’s Choral Arts Society, discuss Kortekangas’ new composition "Seven Songs for Planet Earth" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-1848.

Tuesday
May 17
LECTURE
Sam Brylawski and Karen Lund present a talk on Emile Berliner and the birth of the recording industry at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Wednesday
May 18
LECTURE
Assaf Anyamba, associate research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center discusses "Predicting Disease Outbreaks from Space" at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1212.

Wednesday
May 18
GALLERY TALK
Christopher Murphy of the African and Middle Eastern Division discusses the weapons used in the Civil War at noon in the "The Last Full Measure" exhibition, South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-9203.

Wednesday
May 18
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Ilias Chrissochoidis discusses "From the London Stage to Westminster Abbey: Cultural Mobility of Handel’s Oratorios in Britain, 1732-1784" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5027.

Friday
May 20
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Stephen Hartke talks about his new piece, "NETSUKE," six miniatures for violin and piano at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5502.

Friday
May 20
CONCERT
Eighth blackbird performs works by Mazzoli and Glass and the world premiere of Hartke’s new work, which is a McKim Fund commission, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. See May 6 entry for ticket and contact information.

Saturday
May 21
CONCERT
Members of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" perform American works from the Great American Songbook at 2 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are available by calling the Atlas Box Office at 399-7993. Contact: 707-5502.

Monday
May 23
BOOKS & BEYOND
Vivian Ann Davidson Hewitt discusses her autobiography "The One and Only: Vivian Ann Davidson Hewitt" at noon in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5221.

Tuesday
May 24
POETRY AT NOON
Anne Harding Woodworth, Jody Bolz and Tom Healy read poetry on the theme "Away From Home" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5394.

Wednesday
May 25
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Ben Payton and his band play blues from Mississippi at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Wednesday
May 25
GALLERY TALK
Margaret E. Wagner of the Library’s Publishing Office discuses the publication of the new Civil War timeline published by the Library and Little Brown and Company at noon in the "The Last Full Measure" exhibition, South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-9203.

Thursday
May 26
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Eleanor Capper presents "Michael Pertschuk and the Federal Trade Commission, 1977-1984" at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707-5027.

*** End May 2011 ***

JUNE 2011

Thursday
June 2
BOOKS & BEYOND
Joshua Kendall discusses his book "The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture" at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5221.

Thursday
June 2
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
British Visiting Fellow Christopher Moran presents a lecture on "Intelligence Studies Then and Now: From Airport Bookstalls to Official Histories" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-5027.

Friday
June 3
BOOKS & BEYOND
Verna Posever Curtis, along with several Library of Congress specialists, will discuss their book "Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography" at noon in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5221.

Tuesday
June 7
POETRY READING
Aaron Taub reads from his new book of poetry, which explores the issues encounter5ed by gay Orthodox Jews at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Wednesday
June 8
GALLERY TALK
Dana Hemmenway of the Conservation Division discusses the conservation and mounting of the photographs in the "The Last Full Measure" exhibition at noon in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-9203.

Wednesday
June 15
GALLERY TALK
Michelle Krowl of the Manuscript Division discusses the life of the "everyday" soldier in the Civil War at noon in the "The Last Full Measure" exhibition, South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-9203.

Thursday
June 16
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Leanne Hinton of the University of California at Berkeley gives a talk on "Reclaiming Lost Languages: The Breath of Life Archival Institutes for Indigenous Languages" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Wednesday
June 22
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Tony Ellis and his band perform banjo and string-band music from Ohio at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Wednesday
June 29
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Tim Tingle and DJ Battiest, Choctaw National storytellers and musicians from Ohio, present a concert at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

*** End June 2011 ***

JULY 2011

Thursday
July 7
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Alan Jabbour and Karen Singer Jabbour present a talk on their book "Decoration Day in the Mountains" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Wednesday
July 20
LECTURE
Jacob Bleacher, geophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Center, gives a talk on "Technology with NASA’s Desert RATS" at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-1212.

Wednesday
July 20
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Kiu Haghighi performs Iranian santour music from Illinois at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

*** End July 2011 ***

AUGUST 2011

Thursday
Aug. 4
EXHIBITION OPENING
An exhibition paying homage to "I Love Lucy" opens featuring items from the Library’s Performing Arts collections. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 28, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, in the Performing Arts Reading Room. Contact: 707-4604.

Wednesday
Aug. 17
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Daniel Boucher presents French-Canadian fiddle music from Connecticut at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

Wednesday
Aug. 24
HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES
Sophia Bilides and her Greek smyrneika trio from Massachusetts perform in concert at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5510.

*** End August 2011 ***

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; Bob Hope Gallery of Entertainment, ground floor; LJ 119, first floor; Great Hall, first floor; Southwest Gallery and Southwest Pavilion, second floor; South 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 $2.80 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 (external link) 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 11-083
04/26/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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