Event Archive

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  • As part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry series, poet Ada Limón presents her prolific body or work including This Big Fake World, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize.
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    As part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry series, poet Ada Limón presents This Big Fake World, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize.

    The narrative revolves around a man in a grey suit (the hero), a traveling businessman in an unsatisfying marriage. Limón’s “story in verse” proves that the hero, his friend (Lewis the drunk) and a woman at a hardware store can remind us “that we have all come out of basic need, /some gnawing thing, some hunger.”

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.
    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage.

    Dramatic story time programs take place at the Plaza Branch one Sunday a month throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year.

    This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.

  • A Big Read celebration in which life imitates art as community members are invited to paint a picket fence, in tribute to the famous whitewashing scene depicted in Chapter Two of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Featuring a dramatic reading presented by the Coterie Theatre.
    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Location: Community Garden at 51st and Main

    Perhaps the most memorable scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is “The Glorious Whitewasher” from Chapter Two, in which Tom convinces his friends that it is great fun to paint a fence. Tom makes a solid argument: “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

  • Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses the inspiration for Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts with William Whitener, artistic director for KC Ballet.
    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Two-time Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his latest work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Serving as the inspiration for this Big Read, the ballet is based on the classic Mark Twain novel and is making its world premiere in October 2011 as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ grand opening.

  • Author and former Kansas City resident Justin Martin discusses his new biography of renowned landscape architect, abolitionist, and early environmentalist Frederick Law Olmsted.
    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Author and former Kansas City resident Justin Martin discusses his latest book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, a biography of the renowned landscape architect, early environmentalist, and abolitionist.

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (May - October)  as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer  Book Sale Series.
    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

    Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

  • Karen Cox explains how northern-based advertisers, manufacturers, musicians, writers, and filmmakers fashioned a romantic version of Dixieland to push products, calm anxiety about modernity – and maintain a racist status-quo.
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, the chivalrous planter, white-columned mansions, and even bolls of cotton. But what if this constructed nostalgia for the Old South was actually manufactured by outsiders?

  • What would you put in YOUR park? Children, ages 7-10, are encouraged to design the city park of their dreams. For inspiration, attendees are encouraged to visit Loose Park—or another local favorite—prior to the event.
    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Bike trails, playground equipment, picnic areas, and beautiful flowers — these items (and more)are often found in well-planned parks. What would you put in a park that you designed?

  • Urban farming pioneer Will Allen of Growing Power Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosts a workshop and presentation on growing your own food in the urban core.
    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Urban farming pioneer Will Allen of Growing Power Inc. hosts a workshop and presentation on growing your own food in the urban core.

    Allen’s two-acre Community Food Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the size of a small supermarket, houses 20,000 plants and vegetables as well as fish, chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, and bees. Growing Power aims to improve the health of people as well as the planet.

    Co-sponsored by Green Acres Urban Farming and Research Project.

  • Kansas City natives Michael Herzmark and Melissa Wayne present a documentary on Selma as a microcosm of the issues facing America today. A town hall meeting moderated by Carl Boyd follows, highlighting challenges Kansas City faces.
    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Filmmakers and Kansas City natives Michael Herzmark and Melissa Wayne present 45 Years Across the Bridge: The Battle of Selma, Alabama, a one hour documentary that frames the story of modern-day Selma as a microcosm of the issues facing much of America today.

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