The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.
Thursday, July 30 (7:30 p.m.)
“Classic Jazz from the Library of Congress Archives” (1940s-1980s)
An evening of rarely seen performances by such legendary jazz musicians and singers as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gilliespie, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and many more will be presented on the big screen at the Packard Campus Theater. Curated and preserved by Library of Congress video-preservation specialists Bill Rush and John Grandin, the program will include Soundies (musical numbers shot on 16 mm and shown on coin-operated film jukeboxes in the 1940s), Snader Telescriptions (musical numbers produced for television in the early 1950s and used as fillers) and selections from local, network and public television programs; many of them have not been seen since the original broadcast.
Friday, July 31 (7:30 p.m.)
The New Klondike (Paramount, 1926)
Based upon a short story by Ring Lardner and inspired by both the national baseball craze and the Florida land-boom speculation of 1925, this silent romantic comedy was directed by Lewis Milestone and was legendary writer Ben Hecht’s first film assignment. Partly shot on location in Miami, the story concerns small-town pitcher Thomas Kelly (Thomas Meighan), who is sent to spring training with a minor league baseball team in Florida but is fired by its jealous manager. Kelly is then persuaded to be the celebrity endorser for a Florida real-estate firm, and his former teammates invest money in the firm through him. The resentful team manager conspires with a crooked broker to sell Kelly and the investors some worthless swampland. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
For more information on our programs, please visit the web site at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.