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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 21 -24, 2017)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Library of Congress.

Red Molly

Thursday, September 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Red Molly (Live)–SOLD OUT!
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music–from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk–as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live performances. Free ticket reservations for this show will be available at www.redmollyculpeper.eventbrite.com beginning on August 15.

Martin Family Circus

Friday, September 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Martin Family Circus (Live)–SOLD OUT!
The Martin Family Circus returns to the Packard Campus Theater following a full-house performance last December. Bringing their energetic mix of country, pop and rock music, this self-contained vocal-driven melodic band of two parents and four kids ranging in age from ten to nineteen packs a punch with their rich stack of family harmonies in a soaring blend. Representing four generations of musical heritage, Martin Family Circus delivers soulful family harmony, steeped in traditional roots. Free ticket reservations for this family-friendly concert will be available at www.mfc-culpeper.eventbrite.com eventbrite.com beginning on August 15.

Fifty Candles (Hodkinson, 1921)

Saturday, September 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Fifty Candles (Hodkinson Pictures, 1921)
Irvin V. Willat directed this impressively somber melodrama based on a novel by Earl Derr Biggers, who also penned the Charlie Chan detective series. A Chinese man (Hung Chin Chung) in Hawaii escapes deportation and certain death by becoming the virtual slave of rich scoundrel Henry Drew. Years later, a number of people are on board a ship sailing to San Francisco with the Drew family and Chung wishes Drew dead…and then Drew turns up dead!  Whodunit?  This strikingly photographed and rarely seen mystery stars Bertram Grassby, William Carrol, Edward Burns and Marjorie Daw. Jon Marsalis will provide live musical accompaniment.

Sunday, September 24 (7:30 p.m.)
The Malpass Brothers 
(Live)–SOLD OUT!
Christopher and Taylor Malpass were a tremendous hit when they appeared at the Packard Campus Theater last September, performing their unique brand of Vintage Country and Gospel music and now they are back for a return engagement. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the Malpass Brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at www.malpassbros.eventbrite.com beginning on August 15.

For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Photo Blog #20: Lingering Mysteries

It’s number #20 in the Library of Congress’s movie mystery still blog.  Although the blog has been wonderfully successful (THANKS TO ALL!), this month we look back at some of our previously posted pictures in hopes that they can still be solved.  As always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase them in size […]

Thanks for the Memories, Jerry Lewis

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. As processing archivist for the Bob Hope papers, I frequently come across the early professional work of several icons of American entertainment, such as Doris Day, Judy Garland, and Desi Arnaz.  Jerry Lewis, whose collection likewise […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 7-9, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 7 (7:30 p.m.) The Lost Weekend (Paramount, 1945) A landmark social-problem film, The Lost Weekend provided audiences of 1945 with an uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Aug. 31, 2017)

The following is a gust post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 31 (7:30pm) All Things Being Equal 2:  Shorts from the National Film Registry (1896-1953) Of the 700 films currently on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, a significant number are not feature-length films.  Shorter films–experimental, avant-garde, animated or musical […]

Photo Blog #19: Potpourri

Hello and thanks for checking out our latest mystery photo blog.  We’ve got some odd ones for you this time.  Please see below.  As always, “clicking” on any of the photos will enlarge them.  As they are solved, we will update this post accordingly.  Many thanks! 1.  Surely someone has seen this film.  It seems […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 17-19, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 17 (7:30 p.m.) Each Dawn I Die (Warner Bros., 1939) James Cagney stars as cocky reporter Frank Ross in this fast-paced crime drama directed by William Keighley. While investigating a crooked district attorney running for governor, Ross is framed for […]