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  • Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his upcoming work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet.
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    A Tony Award winner for his Titanic and Nine musical compositions, Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his latest work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Based on the classic Mark Twain novel, the ballet will make its world premiere in October 2011 as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ grand opening.

  • This annual film series takes on a new theme – Marriage and Family: Under the Surface, offering probing films and expert discussions of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.
    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    This annual film series takes a look at Marriage & Family – Under the Surface, starting with Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning directorial debut about a family struggling with the loss of a son. Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton. Based on the novel by Judith Guest. Rated R. (124 min.)

  • Historian Bob Moore introduces the premiere public screening of a documentary that gives an up-close glimpse into the life of one of America’s greatest sportsmen.
    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt’s passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname “Games.”

  • In his new book, described as a "historical study as absorbing as a novel," Professor Leonard Barkan of Princeton University unearths Michelangelo’s handwritten notes to his most enduring masterpieces and achingly personal expressions of ambition and despair.
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Best known for his artistic achievements, Michelangelo not only filled hundreds of sheets with drawings, sketches, and doodles, but he also composed his own words. In Michelangelo: A Life on Paper, author Leonard Barkan vividly narrates the important role the written word played in Michelangelo’s monumental public output.

  • Historian Diane Mutti Burke discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed, for better or worse, from slavery in the Deep South.
    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    Diane Mutti Burke, an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed from the Deep South on Sunday, January 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Enjoy music and magic for audiences of all ages. This is a motivational show that will encourage children to think big and focus on what’s important.
    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Enjoy music and magic for audiences of all ages with Rappin’ Roy and Reggie Regg. Rappin’ Roy keeps songs fun and entertaining while Reggie Regg adds motivational messages to encourage children to think big and focus on what’s important.

  • Historian Edward Bowie of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged.
    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Historian Edward Bowie explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • 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.