Event Archive

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  • Historian Julie Courtwright examines how fire has shaped the landscape of the Great Plains and the lives of its residents, from Native Americans to modern farmers and ranchers.
    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Historian Julie Courtwright explains the role of fire – man-made and natural – in shaping the Great Plains and the lives of its residents. Taking their cue from lightning strikes, Native Americans would burn the prairie to encourage the growth of new grass. Modern ranchers and farmers follow the same practice.

    Drawing upon old diary entries, newspaper accounts, and pop culture artifacts like TV’s Little House on the Prairie, Courtwright explores how fire has benefitted and sometimes terrorized humans.

  • U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife Dianne Cleaver recognize high school artists at a town hall gathering and name the top five submissions in this annual celebration of artistic discovery. Entries will be on display with many on view through April 7.
    Saturday, March 31, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts the annual Missouri Fifth District Congressional Student Art exhibition. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife Dianne Cleaver will recognize high school artists at a town hall gathering and name the top five submissions in this annual celebration of artistic discovery.

    Entries will be on display at the Central Library with many on view through April 7, 2012.

    The grand prize winner will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

  • The Owen/Cox Dance Group artistic directors Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox and NEA Fellow Nate Fors discuss and demonstrate the creative process behind Bottom of the Big Top, a work inspired by early twentieth-century circus music.
    Friday, March 30, 2012

    Friday Night Family Fun presents The Owen Cox Dance Group for a special discussion of their latest show Bottom of the Big Top.

    Owen Cox artistic directors Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox and NEA Fellow Nate Fors demonstrate the creative process behind Bottom of the Big Top, a work inspired by early 20th century circus music. The presentation is appropriate for all ages.

  • Nelson-Atkins conservator Paul Benson delves into the story behind some of Kansas City’s most popular fountains.
    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Fountains delight our eyes and our ears with their beauty and calming effect. And in all the world, only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins conservator Paul Benson – who has often worked as a consultant in preserving and maintaining these watery jewels – delves into the stories behind some of our town’s most popular fountains.

  • Harvard legal scholar Noah Feldman examines how Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Robert Jackson overcame rivalries, personality clashes, and individual approaches to constitutional thought.
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Noah Feldman examines how four of FDR’s Supreme Court appointees – Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Robert Jackson – juggled rivalries, personality clashes, and individual approaches to constitutional thought to decide landmark cases on race, business and politics.

    Feldman, professor of law at Harvard, has written about the Middle East, advised the writers of the new Iraqi constitution, and has been named one of “75 influential figures for the 21st century” by Esquire.

  • 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, March 25, 2012

    The Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble continues its sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances with Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig. The 2012 series, Women of the Years, features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.

    On her 54th birthday, Sara reconnects with her distant sisters, dispensing blunt advice for resolving their problems. But before it’s over the judgmental Sara will find her mind and heart pried open by her siblings.

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012

    Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to tap their creative energies and create masterpieces at the Westport Center for the Arts’ Team Up for Art this winter.

  • The Kansas City Public Library,  in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Local Investment Commission (LINC), hosts the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee.
    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Local Investment Commission host the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee. The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

  • Join local storyteller Molly Postlewait and other living history interpreters for a journey through history and meet some of the amazing women that have shaped our nation. This event is appropriate for children in grades 2-12.
    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Women’s History Month with a talented group of living history presenters who bring the past to life.

    Join local storyteller Molly Postlewait and others for a journey through history and meet some of the amazing women who have shaped our nation. This event is appropriate for children in grades 2 – 12.

    Co-sponsored by the Westport Center for the Arts.

  • Journalist and author Guy Gugliotta discusses his new book about the raising of the U.S. Capitol, a project meant to symbolize national unity even as the country slid ever closer to secession and Civil War.
    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Guy Gugliotta discusses his new book about the raising of the U.S. Capitol, a process steeped in irony.

    Even as the majestic structure rose, the Union it represented was drifting toward Civil War. Among the historic characters in this drama was Jefferson Davis, a big supporter of the project – until he left Washington to become president of the Confederacy. (And the engineer in charge of construction, Montgomery Meigs, feuded bitterly with the architect, Thomas U. Walter).

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