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  • Join us for a screening of Max Reinhardt’s acclaimed 1935 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical romance, featuring Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney (as Bottom), and Mickey Rooney
    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    In advance of this year’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, audiences can bone up on the Bard with a screening of the classic film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Directed in 1935 by the great stage director Max Reinhardt this version stars Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney (as Bottom), and Mickey Rooney (as Puck).

    The film won Academy Awards and nearly 80 years after its release is still regarded as one of the best movie adaptations ever of a Shakespeare play.

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - October)
    Saturday, June 2, 2012

    Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

    Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fifth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

  • Retired pastor Cy Robinson relates how at age 75 he wrote his first novel -- now part of a trilogy— and fought to have it published.  Turns out it’s never too late.
    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    You’re never too old to begin a literary career. At the age of 75 retired pastor Cy Robinson began writing his first novel. Not just a novel, but the first volume in a planned trilogy. He discusses the creation of The Half Chance – a story of a dead-end life blossoming through love, faith, and acceptance – as well as his efforts to find a publisher for his literary offspring.

  • Choral master Simon Carrington and his singers join 32 elite student vocalists in a “public rehearsal” to perform works by Frank Ticheli, Cesar Carrillo, and Matthew Harris.
    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Choral director Simon Carrington and members of his Simon Carrington Chamber Singers join their voices to those of 32 elite high school vocalists in an “open rehearsal” of works by Frank Ticheli, Cesar Carrillo, and Matthew Harris. This is the third year Carrington and members of his ensemble have held a master class for young performers, but the first time the students have sung with the professionals.

  • Economist Viral V. Acharya argues that the collapse of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was virtually inevitable and discusses how we can limit the damage and avoid the same mistakes in the future.
    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    The 2008 financial collapse of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac resulted in a sweeping government bailout that cost the American taxpayers $150 billion. Economist Viral V. Acharya, co-author of Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance, argues that given government policy, the meltdown was virtually inevitable. He discusses how economic damage can be limited and how to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

  • Historian Barry Strauss delves into the personalities and methodologies of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, ancient generals who offer valuable lessons 2,000 years later.
    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Historian Barry Strauss delves into the personalities and methodologies of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, three generals of the ancient world who had to look beyond the battlefield to decide what constitutes victory, when to end the fighting, and how to bring stability to the lands they conquered. These warrior-statesmen, Strauss argues, provide valuable lessons 2,000 years later.

  • This documentary film screening takes a look at an unheralded pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement.
    Sunday, May 27, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts a screening of the documentary film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003). This documentary film screening takes a look at an unheralded pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. It contains valuable archival footage that reviews Rustin’s activism over six decades, including debates between Rustin and radical Civil Rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. Not rated. (83 min.)

    Admission to this event is free.

  • Be part of the studio audience as Meet the Past continues with Crosby Kemper III interviewing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather as portrayed by actress Jan Chapman.
    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Willa Cather, portrayed by Jan Chapman.

    Growing up in small-town Nebraska, Cather (1873-1947) was moved by the people and landscape she encountered. In novels like O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours she celebrated frontier life on the Great Plains. Though she spent most of her life in New York City, Cather continued to draw from her Midwestern roots.

  • Bon vivant Chester Alan Arthur was propelled into the presidency by an assassination and then defied the federal patronage system that had nurtured him.
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Author Zachary Karabell examines Chester Alan Arthur, who was propelled into the presidency by the assassination of James Garfield and turned his back on the patronage system that had nurtured him.

  • Curator Catherine Futter and her colleagues provide a behind-the-scenes look at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's major exhibit drawn from almost a century of world's fairs.
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    Curator of decorative arts Catherine Futter and her colleagues from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art provide an illustrated behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s new exhibit running through August 19, 2012.

    Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 features 200 objects introduced at world’s fairs over nearly a century. These events were the first global marketplaces, where manufacturers and artisans promoted their most ingenious innovations.

    Watch a YouTube video for Inventing the Modern World:

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