Event Archive

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Format: 2015-05-06
Format: 2015-05-06
  • Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and Midwest Regional Director Sara Imhof discuss bipartisan solutions to America’s fiscal problems.
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Robert Bixby and Sara Imhof discuss the state of the American economy, and offer bipartisan solutions to reduce the national debt and improve the fiscal outlook for future generations on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Mexican Consul Jacob Prado presents an illustrated talk interpreting the 1910 Mexican Revolution from teh images of renowned news photographer Agustin Victor Casasola.
    Monday, December 13, 2010

    The Kansas City Public Library continues its centennial commemoration of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with a special presentation by Jacob Prado, Consul of Mexico, on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents landmark modern plays about Big Ideas
    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    Ouisa Kittredge is an affluent New York socialite in love with culture, so much so that her conversation is teeming with references to art, international politics, and contemporary cuisine. A young con man enters her home, speaking her language so fluently that his soliloquy on the virtue (and death) of imagination alters her self-perception to the point that her prized Kandinsky painting takes on new meaning. This tragicomedy confronts issues of identity and the commercialization of art as well as racial and sexual politics. 

  • Friday Night Family Fun series presents a holiday variety show hosted by Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.  This interactive family program is appropriate for all ages and will end with a holiday sing-a-long.
    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Friday Night Family Fun presents a Christmas Variety Show hosted by Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, featuring holiday music by Cosgrove and Rockin’ Rob. Other acts include storyteller and spoken word performer Joyce Slater and juggler Brian Wendling.

  • Kansas City Star political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career.
    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career. The book includes his take on Tiger Woods’ troubles, Ronald Reagan’s colon surgery, and an imagined talk between Hillary Clinton and Lorena Bobbit.

    Judge’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Review.

  • National Endowment for the Arts representatives Anita Decker and Mike Griffin discuss recent changes to NEA grant requirements and offer a tutorial for persons and organizations seeking NEA funding.
    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    National Endowment for the Arts representatives Anita Decker and Mike Griffin discuss recent changes to NEA grant requirements and offer a tutorial for persons and organizations seeking NEA funding.

  • The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of favorites from the sacred to the secular.
    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of favorites from the sacred to the secular.

    The Kansas City Brass is a brass ensemble with percussion organized in 1991. Its members are: Gary Schutza Jr. and Brian Rood (trumpets), Steve Multer (horn), Wyatt Henderson (trombone), Steven Seward (tuba), and Timothy Jepson (percussion).

  • Judge Howard Sachs, David Achtenberg, and Mamie Hughes join Library Director Cro
    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Following a contentious meeting in December 1955, the Kansas City Bar Association voted to admit both African Americans and women as members. This decision made the organization open to all lawyers regardless of gender or race. 

  • Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses the life and car
    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses the life and career of iconic film director Frank Capra.

    “As America urbanized and spread its ideology, Capra and some of his contemporaries made movies examining the manners, morals, and culture of its small towns and frontier,” says Kemper. “They focused on the individuals whose idiosyncrasies built our vision of community and, together, these directors represent a kind of collaborative 20th century Tocqueville looking at the results of democratic culture.”

  • Timothy Sandefur discusses his new book The Right to Earn a Living, which charts the history of the fundamental human right of economic liberty.
    Monday, December 6, 2010

    Owning a business is the very definition of the American dream for many. Timothy Sandefur discusses his new book The Right to Earn a Living, which charts the history of the fundamental human right of economic liberty—a right he says the Founding Fathers considered to be vital to the “pursuit of happiness.”

    Sandefur will discuss how the Constitution seeks to protect the right to earn a living and the Constitutional amendments that expanded that protection to all Americans, regardless of race.