(MGM, 1926) Lillian Gish, called the “First Lady of American Cinema,” is credited with pioneering a more natural style of film acting. After appearing in more than 70 films beginning in 1912, many with director D.W. Griffith, she signed with the recently formed MGM who offered Gish significant creative control on her projects, including choice of directors and co-stars. For her inaugural MGM effort, Gish selected King Vidor to direct “La Bohème” based on Henri Murger’s 1851 novel “La Vie de la bohème” (The Life of the Bohemian.) Gish is cast as Mimi, the delicate seamstress who takes up residence in Paris’s artists’ colony where she falls in love with aspiring painter Rodolphe (John Gilbert). Renee Adoree co-stars as the saucy Musette, while Edward Everett Horton steals several scenes as Rodolphe’s musician friend Colline. Makia Matsumura will provide live musical accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. Free, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater located at 19053 Mt. Pony Rd. in Culpeper, VA. No reservations required. For more information, call 202-707-9994.