Event Archive

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  • Author John Brewer discusses his new book that traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – a painting of famously uncertain origin.
    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.

  • Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War:  The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois.
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War: The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Fox 4 film critic Shawn Edwards hosts a panel discussion on how African-Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Fox 4 News Film Critic Shawn Edwards for a panel discussion on Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance? on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents William Inge’s Picnic, the second performance in the American Classics Script-in-Hand series.
    Sunday, February 7, 2010
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    American Classics, the fourth season of the Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with Picnic, by Kansas native William Inge.

  • The Coterie Theater presents its Treasure Trunk traveling show Friend Not Foe, about a young girl who discovers a robot.
    Friday, February 5, 2010

    The Coterie Theater presents its Treasure Trunk traveling show Friend Not Foe, about a young girl who discovers a robot.

    He teaches her the wonders of being a robot, and she teaches him the complexities of being human. The two encounter lessons in humility, experience misunderstandings, discover generosity, and eventually learn to accept their differences.

  • Steven Watts discusses his biography of the man who founded Playboy and grew it into a large entertainment and communications company.
    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    Author and historian Steven Watts discusses his new book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The book traces Hefner’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his founding of Playboy magazine to his company’s transition from simple magazine publisher to a large communications and entertainment company.

  • Sol Sender discusses his experience leading the team that developed the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand,” the first of its kind in American politics.
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Sol Sender discusses his experiences developing the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand” on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Anne Ingalls discusses her  biography of jazz musician Mary Lou Williams, who had her first public performance at the age of  six and went on to write and arrange music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.
    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Ann Ingalls discusses her new children's book The Little Piano Girl, a biography of Mary Lou Williams, one of the most accomplished women in jazz, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Art Spot at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane - that will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.
    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limón Company's great dancers," Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane.

    Choreographed by Limón with music by Purcell, The Moor’s Pavane will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.

  • David Shields, author of The Magic Mirror: Photography & American Silent Cinema, discusses the work  of legendary local photographer Orval Hixon.
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields