Event Archive

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  • This annual film series takes on a new theme – Marriage and Family: Under the Surface, offering probing films and expert discussions of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.   Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

    Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.

  • The 18th Annual Young Writers Contest will close with a grand reception during Friday Night Family Fun. Winners will be announced during the event and refreshments will be served.
    Friday, February 18, 2011

    The Reading Reptile, Kansas City Public Library, and Johnson County Library will close the 18th Annual Young Writers Contest with a grand reception during Friday Night Family Fun.

    Winners will be announced during the event and refreshments will be served.

    The contest ran from September 2010 to January 28, 2011. Children aged 5 – 12 could submit poems, essays, and short stories. Contest winners were chosen by local celebrity judges.

  • Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his latest book in which he contends President Barack Obama did not write his 1995 bestselling autobiography, Dreams from My Father, or his 2006 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope.
    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his latest book in which he contends President Barack Obama did not write his 1995 bestselling autobiography, Dreams from My Father, or his 2006 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope.

    In Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President, Cashill contends nothing in Obama’s history suggests he was capable of writing either book. Indeed, Cashill concludes that the real author of Dreams from My Father was Bill Ayers.

  • Local author Derrick Barnes discusses his latest book, centering around teenage male characters, We Could Be Brothers.
    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    The Kansas City Public Library will host a series of author talks for teens titled Guys Read. Each month will feature different authors discussing their latest books which center around teenage male characters. The series begins in February 2011 and ends in April 2011.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    This book group experience focuses on works of Victorian literature over the course of four monthly discussions. Explore enduring authors — Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and D.H. Lawrence—with the guidance of expert discussion leaders and a small cadre of like-minded readers.

  • Professor Donny George gives a firsthand account of the circumstances that led to the historical vandalism and the ongoing looting of archaeological sites in Iraq.
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    During the 2003 looting of Iraq’s National Museum some 15,000 priceless objects dating back to ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia were damaged or stolen. Donny George, then director general of the museum, is now a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His presentation touches on the circumstances that led to the vandalism, and the ongoing looting of archaeological sites in Iraq.

    Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri – Kansas City Classical and Ancient Studies Program and the Archaeological Institute of America.

  • John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of original Madeline author Ludwig Bemelmans, discusses the latest installment in the beloved series of children’s books.
    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Author John Bemelmans Marciano discusses the latest installment in the Madeline series of children’s books, Madeline at the White House.

    In the book, Madeline and 11 other girls visit Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Candle, the lonely only daughter of the president. On the last night of the visit, Madeline and Candle stay up late playing and telling scary stories before topping off the evening with a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks.

  • With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, University of Kansas film professor John Tibbetts leads this multimedia retrospective on the Great Lover, whose dashing good looks and piano virtuosity made Franz Liszt music’s first superstar.
    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the Plaza Branch. The February 2011 Special Events print calendar is incorrect.

    Just ahead of Valentine’s Day comes this multimedia retrospective on the “Great Lover” of the music world, Franz Liszt. His dashing good looks and piano virtuosity made him a musical superstar as his performances scandalized a sensation-hungry Europe.

  • In celebration of Black History Month, Hugh Merrill leads an interactive workshop for children ages 8-12 that focuses on the work of renowned artist Romare Bearden. The event complements the exhibit Divergent Consistencies II.
    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    In celebration of Black History Month, children ages 8-12 are invited to learn about renowned artist Romare Bearden.

    Artist Hugh Merrill leads the interactive workshop, and assists attendees with creating individual collages about their own lives. Supplies will be provided. The event complements Merrill’s exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries of the Central Library.

  • Enjoy a full scale theater event presenting Greek Mythology as you’ve never seen it before! This fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for tweens and young adults.
    Friday, February 11, 2011

    The Coterie Theatre’s Olympiaganza is a full-scale theater event for kids presenting Greek mythology. This fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for tweens and young adults.

    The Coterie is among the top five theaters serving families and young audiences in the United States, according to TIME magazine. The Coterie plays a vital role in the greater Kansas City area developing new generations of audiences for the performing arts.