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The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will stay open during the government shutdown.

At 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, free tickets become available for the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club’s live performance at Culpeper’s Packard Campus Theater, re-creating programs from radio’s Golden Age. Tickets go fast, so reserve them soon at packardcampusotr.eventbrite.com.

Their two-hour April 6 show starts at 7:30 p.m. The club’s performers, who have an enthusiastic following, are making their fourth appearance at the Library of Congress’ plush, Art Deco-style theater. The library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center is at 19053 Mount Pony Road off State Route 3 near the town of Culpeper.

After the intermission, the MWOTRC will invite the audience to participate in a brief commercial-jingle sing-along. Fifteen minutes before the show begins, unclaimed seats will be released to standbys, so get there early.

Complete with sound effects, costumes and live organ music by Ben Model, the production will include “The White Legion” episode of “The Shadow,” originally broadcast on March 20, 1938, starring Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead. “The Shadow” was one of the most popular radio shows in history.

The show’s title character was the wealthy Lamont Cranston, “known to the underworld as the Shadow—never seen, only heard, as a haunting to superstitious minds, as a ghost, as inevitable as a guilty conscience.”

Also on the program is “Fibber Is House Sitting,” an episode of the long-running husband-and-wife comedy “Fibber McGee and Molly” that starred Jim and Marian Jordan. An episode of “Fibber McGee and Molly” was added to the library’s National Recording Registry in 2007.

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