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This Week: Batman & Burleigh

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This Week at the Library:

2/23, 7 pm – Snyder on Harry T. Burleigh (Lecture)
2/24, 7 pm – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Film)
2/25, 12 pm – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Film)


"Love's Dawning Song," by H. T. Burleigh and Louise A. Burleigh (New York: W. Maxwell Music, ca. 1906), Music Division, Library of Congress
“Love’s Dawning Song,” by H. T. Burleigh and Louise A. Burleigh (New York: W. Maxwell Music, ca. 1906), Music Division, Library of Congress

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 7:00 pm [Lecture]
Harry T. Burleigh:
From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Jean E. Snyder, PhD, Author

Jean E. Snyder lectures on the life and legacy of American composer and musician Harry T. Burleigh, who is widely celebrated for his arrangements of traditional spirituals. Burleigh also had a major influence on the American art song tradition and collaborated with artists like Marian Anderson. Book signing to follow. Presented as part of the Library’s African American History Month celebration.

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Montpelier Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Free, tickets available


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Friday, February 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Family-Friendly]
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) [Film]

Toon Tunes with Solomon HaileSelassie
The world of film animation displays great variety in the techniques used to produce the images and in how those images interact with the sound environment. We will explore four feature-length 35mm films and their music, along with a few classic animated shorts as an appetizer.

About Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | 76 min.
Directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Scored by composer Shirley Walker, who throughout the 1990s provided the music for several animated TV shows in the DC universe, this feature-length animated entry in the Batman franchise is a hidden gem. Actors include Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Stacy Keach, Abe Vigoda and Mark Hamill as The Joker.

Pickford Theater, Third Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Free, tickets required
In the event that advance tickets are no longer available, a standby queue will form 30 minutes prior to the screening time in the Pickford Theater lobby.

Calling All Kids!

Visit the Library’s Young Readers Center before the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm screening on Saturday, February 25th for fun film-related activities with books and crafts. Wear your favorite costume! kids

The Library of Congress Young Readers Center
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ-G29 (First Floor)
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20540
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm (Closed most federal holidays)
Contact: (202) 707-1950

NOTE: Families who visit the Young Readers Center prior to the film screening on Saturday, February 25th will be escorted to the film screening in the Madison Building by Library staff.


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