Event Archive

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Format: 2014-10-01
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  • Professor Farquar's 'Great American Medicine Show' is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th century's most popular  diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, magic, lots of laughs, and audience participation.
    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Professor Farquar's "Great American Medicine Show" is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th century's most popular diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, incredible magic, plus lots of laughs and audience participation. A special feature of the Medicine Show is Polecat Annie. She gives hands-on instruction in rope twirling, plate spinning, Victorian amusements, Indian games and palm reading.

  • Friday Night Family Fun continues with Kansas City author Derrick Barnes as he celebrates the birthday of his signature character, Ruby Booker.
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Its Ruby Booker’s birthday and we’re gonna have a party! Local author Derrick Barnes will be here to talk a little about the popular series.  We’ll also have a DJ spinning the Booker family’s favorite tunes. Plus, there will be yummy cupcakes for everyone!

  • Kansas City-based choral music  ensemble Octarium celebrates  its new album with a lively  performance and presentation  exploring The State of Choral  Music in an American Idol Age.
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Octarium, the Kansas City-based choral music ensemble, marks the release of its fourth album, Modern Masters, with a lively performance and presentation exploring the State of Choral Music in an American Idol Age on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Andrew Smith discusses  his new book, chronicling 30  major events that helped shape  contemporary American cuisine.
    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Author Andrew Smith discusses his new book, chronicling 30 major events that helped shape contemporary American cuisine.

    Eating History is a collection of essays – on topics ranging from Cracker Jacks to Rodale’s organic gardening – intended to shed light on how the modern American diet became what it is today.

  • Economist Zachary Karabell discusses the fusion of the Chinese and U.S. economies and how this new dynamic will determine future global prosperity or greater instability.
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Staff Picks: Chinese Economy

    Economist Zachary Karabell discusses his new book Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It.

    China's emergence as an economic superpower is widely recognized, but that is only one aspect of the story. Over the past decade, the Chinese and U.S. economies have fused—and this new dynamic to the superpower relationship will determine whether the coming decades witness increased global prosperity or greater instability.

  • Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a “compelling novel that will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt.”
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a "compelling novel (that) will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt."

  • Students, administrators, and coaches reunite to discuss what has changed in the one year since the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City Missouri School District.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Metro Sports hosts a town hall to mark the one year anniversary of the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

    Many of the student-athletes and coaches featured in CityBall will be joined by Kansas City School District officials to discuss the impact the documentary has had on the people, the schools, and the community. The town hall will be filmed and later broadcast by Metro Sports on Time Warner Cable.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, the first performance in the American Classics Script-in-Hand series
    Sunday, November 8, 2009
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    The fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library's Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre opens the 2009-2010 season, named American Classics, with the Lillian Hellman play, The Little Foxes.

  • To mark the 20th anniversary of  the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev  led to Reagan’s famous “Tear  Down This Wall” speech.
    Thursday, November 5, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Berlin Wall

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech and the end of the Cold War.

  • Los Angeles Times columnist  Steve Lopez joins Angela Elam  of KCUR’s New Letters on the Air for a public conversation about his lauded book that became the basis for a 2009 motion picture starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Stories of Homelessness

    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez discusses his well-received book, The Soloist. Lopez will be interviewed by Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air. The conversation will later be broadcast on KCUR.