Event Archive

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Format: 2014-10-02
Format: 2014-10-02
  • Set designer R. Keith Brumley presents his set designs for the upcoming production of Tosca and discusses how he approaches the design of grandiose sets in times of budgetary constraints.
    Monday, August 31, 2009

    The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

    Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

    Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.

  • The panel, facilitated by attorney and UMKC alumna Angela Bennett, features cross-generational, multi-ethnic  discussion addressing the place  of feminism in the lives of women of color
    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    The Truman Legacy series returns to The Kansas City Public Library, featuring Sam Rushay and Tom Gerend as they examine Harry Truman the Road Builder: A Look Forward from 1920 to 2040 on Sunday, August 30, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • International architecture critic Ulf Meyer analyzes Asian mega-cities such as Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta.
    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes architecture critic Ulf Meyer to discuss Cities of the Pacific Century on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Meyer will discuss his experiences touring prominent Asian mega-cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta—that have given rise to the notion of the 21st century as "The Century of the Pacific."

  • The panel, facilitated by attorney and UMKC alumna Angela Bennett, features cross-generational, multi-ethnic  discussion addressing the place  of feminism in the lives of women of color
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    The Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, presents the panel discussion Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Kansas City-born musician who was instrumental in the development of bebop and became one of the most well-known jazz artists in America
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Kansas City native and New York Times reporter Joe Drape draws an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary high school football team whose quest for perfection sustains its hometown in the heartland
    Monday, August 24, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    High School Football

    Kansas City native Joe Drape presents his book, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen, on Monday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The New Cult Canon theme features cult films with mass appeal, inspired by The A.V. Club
    Friday, August 21, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.

    The series continues with Donnie Darko (2001) on Friday, August 21, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Eli Paul discusses the role marketing played in shaping American public opinion during World War I
    Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    War & Visual Media

    National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with Kansas City’s most notorious Madam
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Annie Chambers: Kansas City Madam

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Don Dagenais previews the plot and music of Puccini’s opera Tosca as part of the At Ease with Opera series.
    Monday, August 17, 2009

    The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

    Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

    Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.