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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 8, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 2
A Madcap Evening of Art, Film Set for Evergreen Museum & Library

Evergreen Museum & Library, the university's Gilded Age mansion, will make the perfect backdrop for a Gatsby-themed garden party on the evening of Friday, Sept. 12, hosted by Evergreen and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

The Roaring '20s, when The Great Gatsby was set, saw Evergreen's last mistress, Alice Warder Garrett, hosting many of the world's finest artists and dramatically refashioning the mansion's interior, and Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, lived in Baltimore for years.

The highlight of the evening will be an outdoor screening of the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, with a biting screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and actor Robert Redford at his finest.

Before the film begins, guests may tour the museum's first-floor galleries and see a display of some of Zelda's drawings and Scott's first editions, play croquet on the upper lawn, compete for "Best Dressed" in a '20s summer whites costume contest and explore the outdoor Sculpture at Evergreen exhibition.

Visitors may also bring a picnic to eat on the lawn, and sales of beverages and popcorn will benefit the Creative Alliance, a community arts group that supports a diverse selection of visual and performing arts in Baltimore.

Gatsby's Great Garden Party starts at 5:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m. (rain location is the Carriage House). Admission is $8 for the general public, $5 for children under 12 and free for infants and Evergreen members. Advance tickets are available online at Entry on the day is cash or check only at the museum gate.


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