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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater: Bob Hope Edition (May 7-9, 2015)

The following was co-written with Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. The Library of Congress is proud to be the home of the Bob Hope Collection, which he donated in 2000. I was fortunate to be one of the curators assigned to the acquisition, and thus enjoyed many happy hours working with […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 30-May 2, 2015)

The following was co-written with Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 30 (7:30 p.m.) All That Heaven Allows (Universal, 1955) Widow Jane Wyman falls in love with a younger man (Rock Hudson) in a suburban New England town, resulting in an avalanche of public and private shaming. From this deceptively […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 23-25, 2015)

My stint as guest programmer continues with a film made in my hometown of Baton Rouge, my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a rather jaundiced view of professional football. Thursday, April 23 (7:30 pm) sex, lies, and videotape (Miramax, 1989, *R-rated) It’s a matter of conjecture to pinpoint the beginnings of the American independent film […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 16-18, 2015)

Thursday, April 16 (7:30 pm) Les Blank Double Feature: Hot Pepper (1973) / Always for Pleasure (1978) Documentarian Les Blank (1935-2013) might have been born in Florida, but he had a Louisiana soul. Tonight’s double feature is all the evidence you need. Hot Pepper celebrates the music of Clifton Chenier, the “King of Zydeco,” while […]

What We’re Reading Now – Part 2

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. In addition to providing access to the Library’s recorded sound collection, the Recorded Sound Research Center  also maintains a collection of reference books. These books include discographies, bio-discographies, directories, histories, and technical works about sound recording and radio broadcasting. […]

The Old 97

Folklorist Norm Cohen has astutely observed that “[f]olklore thrives where danger threatens” (The Long Steel Rail, cited below, p. 169). The annals of commercially recorded traditional and popular song provide abundant support for this conclusion. In fact, by the early twentieth century — especially the decades of the teens and twenties — nearly every imaginable disaster or mishap was memorialized in song.  Natural disasters are […]

National Recording Registry Adds New Titles!

This blog post was co-written with Matt Barton, Curator, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness. The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the […]

The Films of Aloha Wanderwell Baker: An Archival Collaboration

Last November we hosted a visit from Heather Linville, a film preservationist at the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood; the AFA is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is better known as the organization responsible for awarding Oscars. Heather had been processing a collection of nitrate film donated to the […]