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Format: 2014-12-20
Format: 2014-12-20
  • 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 31, 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.

  • To commemorate United Nations Day, Radhika Coomaraswamy will discuss her work to protect children from being swept up in civil wars and other armed conflicts around the world.
    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Radhika Coomaraswamy of the United Nations for a presentation titled The United Nations, Children, and Armed Conflict on Thursday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    To commemorate United Nations Day, Coomaraswamy will be discussing her work to protect children from being swept up in civil wars and other armed conflicts around the world.

  • Robert Goldstein, professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University, examines the so-called Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations (AGLOSO) and its critical role in the post–World War II “Red Scare.”
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Robert Goldstein, a professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University, presents his book, American Blacklist.

  • Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller detailing her family’s activities in Budapest during Nazi and Communist regimes.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America.

  • A film series devoted to Edward G. Robinson, an early screen icon who defined the gangster genre.
    Monday, October 26, 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.

  • Percussion Group Kansas City in its first live performance featuring percussion standards and new works realized with diverse instrumentation.
    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Percussion Group Kansas City (PGKC) for its debut performance on Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • 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 24, 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.

  • Discover the secrets of good storytelling through clips of  Hollywood blockbuster films.  For 14 years old and up.
    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Join award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer on Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., to discover the five elements of every good story and how these elements interact to create emotion in an audience.

    Short, family-friendly clips from blockbuster movies illustrate the basic techniques used to inspire, teach, and convince. You may never watch a film or read a book the same way again. For 14 years old and up. Admission is free.

  • The internationally acclaimed guitarist performs a program of classical and flamenco music from composers Louis Armstrong to Paco de Lucia.
    Friday, October 23, 2009

    The Seville Committee of the Sister City Association of Kansas City, Missouri presents classic guitarist Pedro Navarro.

    Born in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Navarro began studying guitar at age 6 as part of the Sociedad Artística Nulense. Studying with Manuel Babiloni at the Castellón Professional Conservatory of Music, he earned a professional guitar degree when he was 16.

  • Historian John Ferling reveals the George Washington that no one knows: A canny infighter, master of persuasion and one of America’s most adroit politicians.
    Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    George Washington:
    Recent Books

    Bestselling historian John Ferling inaugurates the Library's Presidential Series with a talk based on his newest book, The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon.