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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 25, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

Waiting for Guffman (Warner Bros., 1996)

Thursday, May 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Waiting for Guffman (Warner Bros., 1996, R-rated for brief strong language*)
After collaborating with director Rob Reiner on the largely improvised and wildly popular 1984 satire about a fictional heavy metal band, This is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest went on to create and direct a number of faux-documentary comedies, with Waiting for Guffman being the first. Guest himself plays Corky St. Claire, head of the community theater in Blaine, Missouri, which is about to celebrate its sesquicentennial. St. Clair puts together a musical about the city’s noble history, Red, White and Blaine, and we follow his cast of misfits as they rehearse, all the while anticipating the attendance of an important guest who may take the show to Broadway. The cast, who ad-libbed most of their dialog, became part of the “Christopher Guest Stock Company” and includes Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara and Don Lake. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

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The Trail (and Trial) of the Mystery Movie Photos (Or, Who Is This?)

It all began innocently enough. As part of my job working for the National Recording Preservation Board, I assist with the annual announcement of the National Recording Registry. Last year, when Bobby Darin’s recording of “Mack the Knife” was added to the Registry, I researched the Moving Image Section’s collection of film and entertainment stills […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 27-29, 2017)

The following post is by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936) In one of her greatest roles, Carole Lombard sparkles as a dizzy but good-hearted heiress in Gregory LaCava’s comedic take and sometimes caustic commentary on the Great Depression. William Powell portrays Godfrey with knife-edged […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 30 – April 1, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 30 (7:30 p.m.) Pay it Forward (Warner Bros., 2000) Emmy Award-winning director and producer (for E.R.) Mimi Leder helmed this drama based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. When given a class assignment to “make the […]

The First Jazz Recording: One Hundred Years Later

Today’s post is by David Sager, Reference Assistant in the Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. A momentous happening occurred on February 26, 1917 at the Victor Talking Machine Company, although no one quite suspected so at the time. Among the artists to be recorded that day—consisting of operatic baritone Reinald Werrenrath and tenor Lambert […]

Smokey Robinson Receives Gershwin Prize for American Song

Last night, Wednesday, November 16, Smokey Robinson, a rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, received the Library’s Gershwin Prize for American Song. The gala award event, featuring prominent performers and musicians was held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden presented the award. […]