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  • Dino O’Dell will launch his new CD, Outerspace, at the Central Library in the morning and a second performance during Friday Night Family Fun at the Plaza Branch!
    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Bring your dancing shoes for two energetic concerts celebrating Dino O’Dell’s third CD release, Outerspace.

    Join O'Dell at Central at 10 a.m. and then at the Plaza Branch for another performance during Friday Night Family Fun at 6:30 p.m.

    Songs include a country barn-burner about counting pancakes, a frenetic and satiric commercial for “Sugar Breakfast Cereal,” a hip-hop contribution by Dino’s space alien pal Zar, and a reggae song about traveling around the globe.

  • KU professors Steve Goddard and Perry Alexander examine the world of computer pioneer Alan Turing, subject of Cryptograph, an exhibit now on display at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    KU’s Steve Goddard and Perry Alexander explore the world of early computer scientist Alan Turing, the subject of Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing now at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU campus.

    Cryptograph examines the question that drove Turing’s research: finding meaning in patterns.

    Goddard is senior curator at the Spencer Museum and a professor of art history; Alexander is professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

  • Candice Millard, author of the best-selling Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & Murder, examines the brief presidency of James A. Garfield and the fallout from his assassination.
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, explores the life and protracted death of James A. Garfield, who didn’t want to be president and was fatally shot just months into his first term.

  • The Kansas City Public Library presents the sixth season of  Script-in-Hand, with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre returning for a series of plays that feature some of the most compelling female leads in drama.
    Sunday, May 13, 2012

    The sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues on Mother’s Day with the immortal musical My Fair Lady.

    In this 1956 Broadway hit, a Cockney flower girl becomes the project of an arrogant phoneticist determined to pass her off as a lady.

    Funding for this series provided by a grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, with additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

  • They toiled in obscurity and rarely made the headlines. But as Ina Montgomery demonstrates, African American women have been a potent force in the creation of the America we know today. These are their stories.
    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    Ina P. Montgomery tells the stories of unknown “sheroes,” African American women who toiled in obscurity and rarely made headlines, but who have been a potent force in the creation of the America we know today.

    Montgomery is a specialist in innovative training projects for business and the former owner of the CODA company.

    She is past president of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and has taught information technology and management at Metropolitan Community College.

  • Celebrate the winners of the Children's Book Week Bookmark Contest with a very special performance from musician and illustrator Gustafer Yellowgold.
    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Celebrate the winners of the Children’s Book Week Bookmark Contest with a very special performance from musician and illustrator Gustafer Yellowgold.

    His show features a multi-media presentation of tuneful live music, animated illustrations, and vibrant storytelling.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • The new documentary Miss Representation argues that by emphasizing female youth, beauty, and sexuality, the mainstream media makes it difficult for women to lead or feel empowered.
    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    When it comes to women, the mainstream media just doesn’t get it. So says the new documentary Miss Representation, which exposes how the media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

    Interviews with both average teens and well-known women such as Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi defy the idea that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality.

    Watch the official trailer on Vimeo.

  • The government's tornado warning system has saved thousands of lives since it began in 1957, but what happens when the system fails? Meteorologist Mike Smith discusses one tragic example - the 2011 Joplin tornado - and offers suggestions to improve early warnings.
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    In his new book, When the Sirens Were Silent: How the Warning System Failed A Community, award-winning meteorologist Mike Smith takes a journey into the fearful and fascinating vortex of a tornado, explaining how the government’s early warning system has saved countless lives over the last 50 years. He’ll also talk about the system’s failures – such as last year’s Joplin twister which claimed 161 lives.

  • The Harvard Business School’s Robert Kaplan poses reflective questions all leaders should ask themselves to maximize an organization’s effectiveness.
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Leadership is less about having all the answers than about asking the right questions. Harvard Business School professor Robert Kaplan says in his book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror that the challenge lies in being able to step back, reflect, and ask the key questions that are critical to your performance and your organization’s effectiveness.

  • The recently-named superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools continues his series of public conversations, fielding questions and providing straight answers.
    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    R. Stephen Green, newly-named superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, continues his series of public conversations. He fields questions and provides straight answers regarding parent involvement, accreditation, leadership, and the future of classroom instruction.

    Green previously led Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a comprehensive college preparatory and scholarship program designed to increase the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools.

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