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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 9-10, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.


The Malpass Brothers

Friday, September 9 (7:30 p.m.)SOLD OUT!!!
The Malpass Brothers Live in Concert
Christopher and Taylor Malpass’s smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the 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. To reserve seats for this concert, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 between the hours of 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life (Pixar, 1998)

Saturday, September 10 (2 p.m.)
A Bug’s Life (Pixar, 1998)
John Lasseter, director of the first-ever computer-animated feature, “Toy Story” (Pixar, 1995), followed that smash hit with this story that was inspired by Aesop’s fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” Misfit ant Flik (voiced by David Foley), is looking for some tough warriors to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, but ends up recruiting a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. The original score for the film by Randy Newman won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture and was nominated for an Academy Award. Also in the all-star voice cast are Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Phyllis Diller, David Hyde Pierce and Madeline Kahn. “Luxo Jr.” (1986) and Oscar-winning “Tin Toy” (1988), two computer-animated short films directed by Lasseter and released by Pixar, will be shown before the feature. Both shorts are on the National Film Registry.

Safety Last

Safety Last! (Roach/Pathe, 1923)

Saturday, September 10 (7:30 p.m.)
 Safety Last! (Hal Roach/Pathe Exchange, 1923)
Perhaps the most recognizable image in silent comedy comes from “Safety Last!” – a man dangling from a clock. Harold Lloyd, bolstered by his success with a few early “thrill” shorts and inspired by a popular stunt performer known as “the human fly,” was eager to make a feature-length film that would give audiences the same excitement. In the film, Lloyd’s country boy seeks fame and fortune in the big city and ends up as an unwitting daredevil forced to scale a tall building. Lloyd risked danger with his antics, thus delivering on his recipe for a successful thrill picture: “a laugh, a scream and a laugh.” Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor directed this comedy that also features Lloyd’s wife and frequent co-star Mildred Davis. “Safety Last!” was selected for the National Film Registry in 1994. Two Harold Lloyd comedy shorts “Peculiar Patient’s Pranks” (1915), and “Ring up the Curtain” (1919), will be shown before the feature. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.

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

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