(Photo by Pamela Springsteen) (Photo by Pamela Springsteen)

Few performance spaces in Washington have as much character as the Coolidge Auditorium, a mid-sized theater nestled in the bowels of the Library of Congress. The room feels ancient. The seats are fantastically creaky. The sound can be dodgy. But the auditorium’s old-school quirks seem to surface great performances. That’s all the more reason to be excited to hear that Randy Newman is performing at the Coolidge on Oct. 5. He’s a songwriter whose catalogue feels as durable, intimate and idiosyncratic as the room he’ll be gracing.

Tickets for the free performance will be available beginning Sept. 4 through Ticketmaster. The library's Web site has a full list of performances for the upcoming season, which also includes a residency by Rosanne Cash from Dec. 5-7.