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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. […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 16-19, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, November 16 (7:30 p.m.) On the Firing Line with the Germans (War Film Syndicate Company, 1915) In 1915, newsreel director and cinematographer Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the German army in Russia and Turkey and shot 16,000 feet of […]

Rock the Vote

Today’s Post is guest-written by Kristi Moore, a volunteer helping to process and organize collections in the Recorded Sound Section. Eighteen years before, MTV’s “Rock the Vote” targeted potential young Americans in their campaign to increase political involvement, the record industry took the initiative to help register young voters, using the famous names and faces […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, September 30 (7:30 p.m.) How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century-Fox, 1953) Resourceful Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall), spunky Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable), and ditzy Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe) pool their resources to rent a luxurious New York penthouse for a month […]

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. 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 […]