- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Vitaphone shorts and Harold Lloyd are showcased in programs today and tomorrow at the Mary Pickford Theater of the Library of Congress. An early sound-on-disc technology developed by Western Electric, Vitaphone was the process that permitted Warner Bros. to get the jump on its competitors with talking movies.

A selection of a dozen Vitaphone shorts made between 1926 and 1929 will be shown today at 7 p.m. The headliners include Giovanni Martinelli, the Foy Family, Baby Rose Marie, Ruth Etting and Bob Hope. Mr. Hope was a cast member of Paree Paree, a two-reel condensation of the Cole Porter musical “Fifty Million Frenchmen.”

Three stages of Mr. Lloyd’s career will be recalled in a 7 p.m. program tomorrow. The 1917 short Clubs Are Trumps and the 1920 short Haunted Spooks anticipate the comedian’s stellar emergence in the 1924 feature Girl Shy. All programs are free but seating is limited to 64. Third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

The National Gallery of Art offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view masterful sculptures from the 15th-century Italian High Renaissance in the exhibit Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrocchio at Orsanmichele, opening Sunday. The monumental holy figures by Ghiberti, di Banco and Verrocchio travel from the exterior of Florence’s Orsanmichele — a 15th-century combined church, grain storage and market facility — to the Gallery to celebrate their long restoration and now-mint condition. At the West Building of the National Gallery, Constitution Avenue at Fourth Street NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31. Free. 202/737-4215.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

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