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Format: 2014-10-22
Format: 2014-10-22
  • Robert Hicks presents his  historical novel based on the life  of John Bell Hood, arguably one  of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and  one of its most tragic figures.
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Civil War Era Novels

    Author Robert Hicks presents his historical novel, A Separate Country.

    Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and one of the most tragic figures.

  • The award-winning choreographer discusses the Kansas City Ballet’s production of her Splendid Isolation III.
    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lang presents the first of three programs brought to the Library by the Kansas City Ballet. The series features luminaries in the field of dance and is being held in conjunction with the company's 2009-2010 season.

    Lang will stage a production of her Splendid Isolation III for the Kansas City Ballet's fall performance at the Lyric Theatre, October 15-18. The dance is new and includes music by Gustav Mahler.

  • Legal scholar David Atkinson traces the evolving role and increasing politicization of the Supreme Court.
    Monday, October 5, 2009

    David Atkinson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama.

    During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president.

  • A film series devoted to Edward G. Robinson, an early screen icon who defined the gangster genre.
    Monday, October 5, 2009

    An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    When they find out that the 133 tram is being retired from service, Caireles and Tarrajas decide to steal it. During the night they serve an eclectic group of people that include a couple of nuns, a teacher with his students, and some rake workers. The next morning, Caireles and Tarrajas try to take the tram back, but they are faced with the obstinacy of Papá Pinillos, an inspector who insists on turning them in to the authorities. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Not Rated. (90 min.)

  • 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.