Spotlight on the weekend: The Gettysburg Address, Codex Mexico: The Book as Art, Theatre Lab Open House

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LINCOLN'S SPEECH

If you're an American history buff, then you've probably been to the Civil War in America exhibition at the Library of Congress. The Library opened the exhibit back in November to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War. It houses more than 200 unique artifacts like diaries, letters, photographs and more that reveal the complexity of the war.

The exhibit was supposed to close June 1, but the Library has decided to extend the date. It will feature all-new artifacts, including the John Hay copy of the Gettysburg Address. This is considered the second draft, made by Lincoln upon his return home from Gettysburg.

The address will be on display in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First St. SE) until May 4, but the exhibit will be open through Jan. 4, 2014.

BOOK ART

The Embassy of Mexico's Cultural Institute (2829 16th St. NW) opens a brand-new exhibit Friday evening in partnership with the Codex Foundation and Stanford University libraries. The exhibit, Codex Mexico: The Book as Art, showcases a variety of pieces from Mexico's rich heritage of printmaking, a tradition that dates back to pre-Colombian times. The exhibit displays work from 22 Mexican artists who pushed the boundaries of their craft.

Artisanal books from Californian and Australian artists will also be on display, creating a dialogue on the parallels and differences between cultures, artists and printers.

The opening will start at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, email rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org. Gallery hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

DRAMATIC OPEN HOUSE

Founded in 1992, the Theatre Lab (733 Eighth St. NW) is Washington's largest independent, nonprofit school for the dramatic arts, making theater training accessible to all, regardless of age, income or experience level. In fact, through its courses, camps and programs, the Theatre Lab educates 1,400 kids, teens and adults each year.

Learn more about some of the amazing classes -- for beginners to seasoned actors, even just basics such as public speaking -- Saturday at the Theatre Lab Open House from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to participate in short acting workshops, do crafts, speak with Theatre Lab faculty and staff, and learn more about the youth and adult drama programs, including spring break and summer camps for kids and adult acting classes. For more information, visit theatrelab.org.

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