MARCH 11

Every film student knows F.W. Murnau’s creepy Nosferatu, an unauthorized 1922 version of Dracula, but the German director’s The Last Laugh, made two years later, may be even more influential. The tale of a hotel doorman (Emil Jennings) who’s humiliatingly demoted, the silent film is a groundbreaking exercise in visual storytelling, distinguished by its fluid (and unprecedented) camera movement. This screening will be accompanied by a new score composed by Dean Drummond, who will conduct the music’s performance by Newband. The new-music octet, making a return visit to the Library of Congress chamber music series, is known for contrasting traditional instruments with some of the distinctive musical fabrications of eccentric composer Harry Partch, including the chromelodeon and cloud chamber bowls. At 8 p.m. at Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. FREE. (202) 707-5502. (Mark Jenkins)