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Format: 2015-03-02
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  • Through archival photographs and memorabilia, Joe and Michele Boeckholt trace the many fashions of Harzfeld’s, an early ready-to-wear clothier located on historic Petticoat Lane.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    In 1891, Siegmund Harzfeld and the Parisian Cloak Company introduced a new era of commerce and fashion to the residents of Kansas City. The ready-to-wear movement arrived at his flagship Harzfeld’s location along Petticoat Lane, which later expanded its reach through a regional network of satellite stores.

    Joe and Michele Boeckholt trace Harzfeld’s fashions with archival photographs and memorabilia. They are authors of Harzfeld’s: A Brief History. They are both graphic designers living in the Kansas City area.

  • A free monthly series of probing films, followed by discussions featuring cinema and psychoanalysis experts for an examination of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    The Searching the Psyche through Cinema continues with the Oscar-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that unfolds through the eyes of a precocious tomboy who struggles with prejudice even as her father stands against racial persecution.

    The post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Sue Russell, Ph.D., and Dan Winter, executive director of the Western Missouri and Kansas ACLU. Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.

  • Adam Miller performs his singing through history program of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Adam Miller performs Singing Through History, a collection of folk music classics.

    Miller is renowned for his extensive repertoire of more than 5,000 traditional and contemporary folk songs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages.

    A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folk songs.

  • Tasha Alexander is the author of four Victorian - era historical mysteries. In the latest installment, Tears of Pearl, Alexander explores a vividly depicted Constantinople in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire.
    Thursday, March 18, 2010
    Readers in the Rue Morgue
     
    Recommended reading: Mystery Authors Guide
     
    Related film screenings:
    Winter Reading Films

    Tasha Alexander is the author of four Victorian-era historical mysteries following the career of Lady Emily Ashton, whose exploits include tracking down art stolen from the British Museum, unmasking a jewel thief targeting royal treasures, and investigating murders as an agent for the British Empire. In the latest installment, Tears of Pearl, Alexander explores a vividly depicted Constantinople in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire with particular attention given to its treatment of women.

    She also wrote the novelization of the Oscar-winning film Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

  • Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the 2009 stimulus package and suggests an alternative plan he contends would promote economic expansion rather than redistribution.
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the economic impact of the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Miron says because tax liabilities accompany any government spending program, last year’s stimulus package may not have expanded the output of the American economy, but instead simply redistributed the economy’s output.

  • Artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig share a fascination: how to visualize patterns, and discover beauty and meaning in the everyday.
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig discuss the inspirations and ideas that informed the exhibit Pitty Patt(rn), curated by Sean Kelley, and on display at the Central Library until March 28.

    Using a variety of media from acrylic paint to duct tape to National Geographic magazines, the artists challenge expectations of language, space, and everyday things.

    Garry Noland has a BA in the History of Art. Cory Imig received her BFA in Fibers.

  • Join Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec for an afternoon of music and storytelling as he presents Asia Fantasia.
    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    One half of the husband and wife team that makes up the national performance group Eth-Noh-Tec, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, presents Asia Fantasia.

    Growing up in the late ‘60s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His talent for Asian music, dance, and theater, along with his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy place him in the exciting art form of storytelling.

  • Dianne de Las Casas presents an evening of singing, clapping, laughing, and storytelling.
    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Award-winning author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas presents an evening of singing, clapping, laughing, and of course, storytelling.

    Inspired by her seventh grade English teacher, who would read aloud to the class every day, de Las Casas “fell in love with words both on paper and in the air.” De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. Through the use of character voices, creative movement, animated facial expressions, and gestures, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment.

  • Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of the iconic doll and the controversy surrounding the influence it has had on the self-image of American girls.
    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Author Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of Barbie and the influence the iconic doll has had on the self-image of American girls since its launch in March 1959 on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Linda Maria Gigante discusses the roles of slaves and freedmen in Roman culture.
    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    This event has been canceled at the request of the speaker due to a family emergency. The event sponsor, the Classical and Ancient Studies Program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, regrets any inconvenience this may cause.