Saturday, May 23
Violinist Nicholas Kitchen will discuss and perform Bach’s sonatas and partitas in the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium from 2 to 3. The works, which will be displayed with Bach’s manuscripts on a projection screen, include the two Guarneris (“Kreisler” and “Baron Vitta-Goldberg”), the “Brookings” Amati, and two of the Whittall Stradivari (“Betts” and “Castelbarco”).
The Best Years of Our Lives, winner of seven Academy Awards, plays at noon in the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. The 1946 movie follows three World War II veterans who return home to discover that they and their families have irreparably changed.
Sunday, May 24
The National Gallery of Art screens the Washington premiere of L’aimée in its East Building auditorium at 4:30. Arnaud Desplechin’s 2007 autobiographical film about life in the French/Belgian border town Roubaix centers around his father, who has just sold his family’s home, and the memories sparked by emptying the house.
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