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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic  Roger Ebert joins the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series for a cross section of his favorites that he believes deserve wider attention.  The Castle (1997)
    Friday, June 18, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the entries for this year's Off-the-Wall Film Series—EbertfestKC—showing work he thinks deserve wider attention.

  • After a volcanic cloud over much of Europe postponed his presentation in April, Matthew Bishop, U.S. business editor for The Economist, will be in Kansas City to share his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Matthew Bishop discusses his new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, and shares his thoughts on the economy and capitalism’s future.  His scheduled visit in April was postponed when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull halted travel.

    Bishop, the U.S. business editor for The Economist, says we should learn from past financial crises to map the way to a reformed 21st century capitalism.

  • Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City.
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    Reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint discusses his new book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Veteran thriller author Jeffery Deaver and up-and-coming novelist Andrew Grant team up for a discussion of their latest books, The Burning Wire and Die Twice.
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    Veteran thriller author Jeffery Deaver and up-and-coming novelist Andrew Grant team up for a discussion of their latest books.

    Deaver talks about The Burning Wire, the ninth installment in a series featuring criminologist Lincoln Rhyme. When an attack is made on Manhattan’s electricity grid, it seems that terrorists must be responsible for the act.

  • The author discusses her new novel, set in a fictional rural Minnesota town in Tornado Alley, about the bond between a brother and sister and asks the questions: “How much do we owe our siblings – and at what cost to ourselves?”
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Jenna Blum discusses her new novel The Stormchasers.

    Set in a fictional Minnesota town and the rural corridor of Tornado Alley, The Stormchasers focuses on the Hallingdahl twins, a brother and sister who are both fascinated with severe weather. The brother, a stormchaser, is also bipolar. His sister is his caretaker.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents an encore  performance of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, the final performance in the American Classics series.
    Monday, June 14, 2010
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    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

  • “Edward’s Sacred Blood” and King Richard III on Stage - Dr. Thomas Canfield discusses two royal houses in conflict.
    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.

    June 7 - Richard the Villain.  Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When     the Rainbow Is Enuf, the fifth        performance in the American Classics Script-in-Hand series.
    Sunday, June 13, 2010
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with two performances of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

  • The Saturdays at Central series  continues with Texas native  Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin’  and Trick Ropin’ show.
    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    The Saturday's at Central series continues with Texas native Randy Erwin, a.k.a. Cowboy Randy, performing his Yodelin' and Trick Ropin' show.

    Erwin is a professional yodeler and singer whose talents have taken him across the globe and onto the silver screen in Disney's 2004 film, Home on the Range. He was also a artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park.

    Erwin's interactive show is geared toward children and includes songs from the Old West, trick roping, and lots of yodeling.

  • Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens.
    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Friday Night Family Fun presents a Celebration of Big Bugs with children’s author Katie Speck and Powell Gardens. Speck is the author of a popular book series about a cockroach named Maybelle who lives under a refrigerator.

    This event coincides with Powell Gardens' summer-long Big Bug exhibit. The event will include hands-on activities and take place in the Art Spot.