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Format: 2015-08-05
Format: 2015-08-05
  • In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with iconic African American writer Zora Neale Hurston as portrayed by Carmaletta Williams.
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The latest installment of the Library’s Emmy Award-winning series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights one of the preeminent figures in 20th century African American literature, Zora Neale Hurston.

    Kemper, the Library’s director, holds a public conversation with Hurston as portrayed by longtime Johnson County Community College professor Carmaletta Williams. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Halle Berry gives a towering performance in this made-for-television adaptation of Zora Neal Hurston’s classic novel about a free-spirited woman and her search for happiness amid several marriages and the challenges of small-town morals. Made for TV, 113 minutes.

    Discussion leader: Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, teaching professor of black studies, UMKC.

  • Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

    Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and a cast of local actors and entertainers for an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program, Love on the Rocks. Mournful ballads and lovelorn blues songs intersperse performances of classic, ill-fated romances.
    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and friends in an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program themed Love on the Rocks. The annual, two-month event spotlights books about broken hearts, bad romances, and the unfortunate reality that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

    Norcott-Mahany, a senior technical assistant at the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch, is accompanied by a cast of local actors and entertainers in staging scenes of ill-fated romance from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Homer’s Odyssey, James Thurber’s short story “A Couple of Hamburgers,” and other familiar works. Mournful ballads and classic, lovelorn blues songs intersperse the performances.

  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  A Most Wanted Man (2014; R)
    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with screenings of movies starring the late Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A discussion featuring experts in cinema and psychoanalysis follows each screening.

    In his last starring role before his death, Hoffman portrays a worn German espionage agent who works with an array of murky characters to develop intelligence from the Muslim community in Hamburg. The post-screening discussion is led by psychoanalyst Joanne Hindman and Tom Poe, associate professor of film and media arts in UMKC's Department of Communications Studies. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • Winners of the 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest – open to youth ages 5-12 – are recognized at a reception sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Johnson County Library, and Reading Reptile. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, February 20, 2015

    This year’s winners of the 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest are recognized at a reception sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Johnson County Library, and Reading Reptile.

    The contest is open to youth ages 5-12, with entries ranging from poems to essays to short stories. Appropriate for all ages.

  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Devil in a Blue Dress (1995; R)
    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Denzel Washington’s Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, an employed World War II veteran, becomes a private detective and finds himself entangled in murder, corruption, and the Los Angeles underworld. From the 1995 novel by Walter Mosely. 102 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

    Discussion leader: Adrienne Walker Hoard, director of the Black Studies Program and professor of art, UMKC.

  • Former Village Voice critic Kyle Gann, one of today’s foremost experts on American music, discusses his latest book on Charles Ives’ masterful Concord Sonata – a musical portrait of Emerson, Thoreau, and other renowned transcendentalist authors of the 19th century.
    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Kyle Gann is one of the foremost experts on American music today, having spent almost two decades as the new-music critic for the Village Voice, teaching music theory, history, and competition at New York’s Bard College since 1997, and composing more than 100 of his own works.

    He draws from his latest book — which Gann terms “the greatest achievement of my life” — in a discussion of Charles Ives’ masterful Concord Sonata. First published in 1919 and revised by Ives in 1947, the innovative piece is a musical portrait of four renowned, transcendentalist authors who lived in Concord, Massachusetts, in the 19th century: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott (and her father Amos Bronson Alcott), and Henry David Thoreau.

  • Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

    Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members. Continuing a series of Citizens Project forums, a panel including City Manager Troy Schulte identifies the issues the candidates ought to be addressing.
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members who will direct the city for the next four years. What are the talking points? The priorities?

    Continuing the second season of Citizens Project forums, City Manager Troy Schulte and Finance Director Randy Landes join a discussion of the issues the candidates ought to be addressing. Also on the panel is Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, a University of Kansas professor specializing in public budgeting and performance management. KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates.