Event Archive

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Format: 2014-04-20
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  • A film series devoted to Tim Burton, the auteur whose distinct visual landscapes are a play land for unique and sometimes grotesque characters
    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

  • Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch discuss Goldman’s works and creative process.  Moderated by curator Sean Kelley.
    Friday, October 2, 2009

    Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will discuss the exhibit Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled. Sean Kelley, the Library’s volunteer chief curator of art, will moderate the discussion, which complements the Library’s exhibit of Goldman’s paintings and ceramics in the Library’s North Gallery. Many works have never been on public display.

  • Join Crosby Kemper III,  Henry Fortunato, and Bill Worley  as they present video clips and discuss favorite moments from the first season of the new KCPT series
    Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III, Director of Public Affairs Henry Fortunato, and renowned Kansas City historian Bill Worley host a preview of the Meet the Past television series.

    Kemper, Fortunato, and Worley will present video clips and discuss some of their favorite moments from the first season of the series.

  • Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his latest collection of essays – including My Outsourced Life, for which he hired a team of people in Bangalore, India, to answer his e-mails, respond to phone calls, and argue with his wife.
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Experiments in Living

    Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his newest book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • As part of the Park University Ethnic Poetry Series, Heid Erdrich  hosts a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Heid Erdrich for a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection National Monuments, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This presentation is a part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

  • The first of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums focuses on  Americans turning away from public life and becoming spectators rather than participants
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    The first of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums takes place on Tuesday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Young Oliverio is forced to interrupt his marriage ceremony after receiving word that his mother is dying. She asks Oliverio to fetch a distant lawyer to write her will. During his trip on an old beaten down bus, he is confronted by unforeseen difficulties and the flirtations of a young woman. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (85 min.)

  • The former U.S. Poet Laureate keynotes the Missouri Poetry Society’s Convention
    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser will keynote the Missouri Poetry Society’s Convention with a presentation on Friday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Award-winning author Sara Paretsky discusses the 13th installment in her V.I. Warshawski mystery series.
    Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Private Detective Mysteries

    Award-winning author Sara Paretsky discusses the latest installment in her V.I. Warshawski mystery series on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The fourth season of the Latino Writers Collective series focuses on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, presented by Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, and John Olivares Espinoza
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    On Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the Latino Writers Collective presents Cuarta Pagina.

    This event of the writers’ series, in its fourth season, will focus on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry and will be presented by its editor, Francisco Aragón, and two of its contributors, Brenda Cárdenas and John Olivares Espinoza.