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Format: 2014-07-10
Format: 2014-07-10
  • In his new biography, Terry Teachout draws on newly available sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations with Louis Armstrong.
    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Louis Armstrong was among the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and a giant of modern American culture, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts and writing one of the finest jazz autobiographies.

    In Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout draws on new sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations. Teachout is an arts columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses Every Last One, an  unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses her book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

    Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

    Matterhorn tells the story of Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company.  Mellas, an ambitious young reservist with an Ivy League education and a chip on his shoulder, is assigned to lead a rifle platoon of 40 Marines, most of them teenagers.

  • Jerry Muller discusses the  historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people and explains why anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked.
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Jerry Muller discusses his new book Capitalism and the Jews, a collection of four essays examining the historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people, on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Muller will explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex, as well as ambivalent.

  • The 2009-2010 Script-in-Hand series marks the fourth season in which the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre present staged readings of significant American plays. This series is sponsored by The Friends of the Kansas City Public
    Sunday, May 2, 2010
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    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    South Pacific

    by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
    Sunday, May 2, 2010—2 p.m.
    Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library’s Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - October)  as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the third annual City Market Summer  Book Sale Series.
    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

    The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

    For additional information, contact KCLibraryFriends@gmail.com, or call (816) 701-3468.

  • Friday Night Family Fun hosts singer-songwriter Mauricio Salguero to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros with a performance of Uno, dos, tres, ¡todos a cantar!
    Friday, April 30, 2010

    The Kansas City Public Library's Friday Night Family Fun hosts singer-songwriter Mauricio Salguero to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros with a performance of Uno, dos, tres, ¡todos a cantar! Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.

  • One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his body of work.
    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his prolific work.

    Rodriguez’s master work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., is a 1993 memoir of gang life. With more than 300,000 copies sold, this book garnered a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and was designated a New York Times Notable Book.

  • The co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Schools examines the effectiveness of ideas such as longer school days, summer classes, and a more strenuous academic curriculum.
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Schools, discusses an examination of KIPP-endorsed ideas such as longer school days, summer classes, and a more strenuous academic curriculum.

  • Judith Fugate a former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet, discusses her career and the Kansas City Ballet’s May production of the George Balanchine work Who Cares?
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet Judith Fugate discusses her career and the May production of the George Balanchine work Who Cares? on Wednesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Set to 16 Gershwin songs, Who Cares? is part of the Kansas City Ballet’s spring season and will be performed May 6-9 at The Lyric Theatre.