Event Archive

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  • Howard Frank Mosher discusses his new Civil War odyssey about a Vermont teenager's journey south to find his missing-in-action brother.
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Howard Frank Mosher discusses his new book Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The story begins with 17-year-old Morgan Kinneson helping a black slave, Jesse, escape to Canada during the American Civil War. When Morgan is drawn away by the chance to kill a moose that would feed his family for months, he returns to find that Jesse has been murdered.

  • Longtime New Yorker contributor, John McPhee, discusses his new essay collection, Silk Parachute as well as his career as author, editor, and writing instructor.
    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee discusses his career and the writing life as part of the Writers at Work series on Monday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • DEBATE Kansas City convenes a debate among candidates, judged by students.
    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    On Sunday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., DEBATE-Kansas City (DKC) allows students participating in School Board Sound Off to ask questions of candidates running for seats in the upcoming Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education election in School Board Sound Off.

    DKC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing urban Kansas City students the opportunity to hone their skills in debating, works to increase civic engagement by connecting students to important issues.

  • Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of children’s music.
    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of music.

    The band consists of Gary, a pianist, singer, and songwriter, and his wife, Yvette, a theater and cabaret singer. Inspired by the antics of their 3-year-old son, Max, the Negbaurs composed 15 songs for and about him that are relatable to children and parents alike.

  • Cartoonist Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of his best cartoons.
    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey discusses her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey will discuss her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.

  • Author Roy Morris explains how the frontier exploits of a young Samuel Clemens led to his eventual emergence as Mark Twain.
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

     Author Roy Morris explains how Samuel Clemens’ six-year journey from Missouri to Hawaii – with lengthy stopovers in Virginia City, Nevada, and San Francisco – resulted in his literary emergence as Mark Twain on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Through archival photographs and memorabilia, Joe and Michele Boeckholt trace the many fashions of Harzfeld’s, an early ready-to-wear clothier located on historic Petticoat Lane.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    In 1891, Siegmund Harzfeld and the Parisian Cloak Company introduced a new era of commerce and fashion to the residents of Kansas City. The ready-to-wear movement arrived at his flagship Harzfeld’s location along Petticoat Lane, which later expanded its reach through a regional network of satellite stores.

    Joe and Michele Boeckholt trace Harzfeld’s fashions with archival photographs and memorabilia. They are authors of Harzfeld’s: A Brief History. They are both graphic designers living in the Kansas City area.

  • A free monthly series of probing films, followed by discussions featuring cinema and psychoanalysis experts for an examination of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    The Searching the Psyche through Cinema continues with the Oscar-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that unfolds through the eyes of a precocious tomboy who struggles with prejudice even as her father stands against racial persecution.

    The post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Sue Russell, Ph.D., and Dan Winter, executive director of the Western Missouri and Kansas ACLU. Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.

  • Adam Miller performs his singing through history program of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Adam Miller performs Singing Through History, a collection of folk music classics.

    Miller is renowned for his extensive repertoire of more than 5,000 traditional and contemporary folk songs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages.

    A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folk songs.