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Last year, the U.S. Library of Congress added disco diva Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 anthem “I Will Survive” to the National Recording Registry. If you’ve never heard the song before, stop whatever you’re doing, play this video below at full volume, and affirm yourself through dance — forget your stupid ex! You were to good for them anyway!
Now that you’re done dancing, you should know that the National Recording Registry is a collection of “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” recordings that “reflect life in the United States.” So to celebrate Gaynor’s inclusion to the collection, the Library is throwing a “Bibliodiscotheque” party with Gaynor performing live at the Library’s Jefferson Building on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. It should be a killer party as it’s the first time the Library has ever dedicated events to a specific musical genre.
Her live late-night performance will be just one of several disco-related events held by the Library from April 12 to May 6 including a film series with such titles as 54, Saturday Night Fever (because of course) and ABBA: The Movie. Other events will include an interview with Project Runway’s Tim Gunn on disco fashion and a lecture on the “Mathematics of African Dance Rhythms.” (Whoa, heady.)
Tickets will be available for the party and its associated events at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017.