Valentine’s Day Weekend Date Options for Music Lovers

"Cupid Scene 1 - Cupid's Pranks." Motion Picture Still by Edison Manufacturing Company, ca. 1908 (Prints and Photographs Division).

“Cupid Scene 1 – Cupid’s Pranks.” Motion Picture Still by Edison Manufacturing Company, ca. 1908 (Prints and Photographs Division).

We have an eclectic lineup of events this weekend for you to enjoy solo, with friends or with a special someone! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn the Medieval and Renaissance origins of modern love songs, or maybe you love sci-fi film scores. Whatever the case may be, we hope you’ll consider spending some time with your friends at the Library of Congress! Love is in the air!


Edward MacDowell, Six Love Songs, op. 40 (Boston: Arthur P. Schmidt, 1890), Music Division, Library of Congress

Edward MacDowell, Six Love Songs, op. 40 (Boston: Arthur P. Schmidt, 1890), Music Division, Library of Congress

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 7:00 pm (Montpelier Room, Madison Building)
Love Songs: The Hidden History [Lecture]
Ted Gioia, Author

Ted Gioia, well known for his popular books on jazz, talks about his new book on the underexplored history of love songs. His subject takes him across many ages, lands, cultures, and modes of consumption as he conveys the significant impact that the genre has had on humankind.
Free, tickets required
Program booklet



"Chappaqua" film poster, Wikimedia Commons

“Chappaqua” film poster, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, February 12, 2016 – 7:00 pm (Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building)
Chappaqua (1966) – (82 min.)
Film Nights with Pat Padua | Time Capsule: 1966 Series

Scored by Ravi Shankar, Chappaqua is Conrad Rooks’ impressionistic, semi-autobiographical relic of the ’60s. Saxophone legend Ornette Coleman makes a cameo appearance.
Free, tickets required
Rescheduled from January 22, 2016
Tickets from the original date will be honored


"Alien" Movie Poster, Wikimedia Commons

“Alien” Movie Poster, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 12:00 pm (Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building)
Double Feature:
Alien (1979)
– Directed by Ridley Scott, Rated R (117 min.)
Total Recall (1990)
– Directed by Paul VerHoeven, Rated R (113 min.)
Sci-Fi Film Series | Music For Martians

Two films with music by Jerry Goldsmith make for an intense double-feature. The genre-defining Alien is an intense thriller that shows that danger can come from within, while Total Recall suggests that memories may not be our own in a universe where virtual reality and a life on Mars indicate that all is not as it seems.
Free, tickets required
If the event is sold out, the standby line forms at 11:30am.


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Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Open through July 23, 2016

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