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Format: 2014-11-28
Format: 2014-11-28
  • Get behind the wheel with author Tom Vanderbilt as he discusses how traffic works, who is most most likely to honk at whom, and what our driving says about us.
    Monday, September 14, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Traffic & Driving

    Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    The rich and drunken widower Ramiro allows his family to exploit him – except for his outraged brother Gregorio, who convinces his relatives that Ramiro is ruined and that the family must work to survive. Considered Luis Buñuel’s first comeback film since L’Age d’Or. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (90 min.)

  • Four classic folk tales featuring a trickster spider who sometimes gets tricked himself
    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    On Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Saturdays at Central features Paul Mesner Puppets presenting Anansi Returns.

  • Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn unfold the stories of Polish Holocaust survivors and their rescuers during one of the most inhumane times in world history
    Thursday, September 10, 2009

    During one of the most inhumane times in world history, Adolph Hitler’s attempt to murder all of Europe’s Jews almost succeeded. Chief among the reasons that the savage goal fell short was the work of brave non-Jews who sheltered their fellow citizens. On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., authors Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn present the stories of everyday heroes from their book They Were Just People.

  • Newsweek correspondent Richard Wolffe offers a detailed and nuanced account of President Barack Obama’s campaign and first 100 days in office
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author and journalist Richard Wolffe for a discussion of his latest book Renegade: The Making of a President on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • American Studies scholar Norman Yetman offers an in-depth look at these oral histories and traces their influence in popular culture
    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    American Studies scholar Norman Yetman presents Voices from Slavery: The Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narrative Collection on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.  

  • Experience what one critic calls “pure sonic entertainment, lifting us all to a higher plane”
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    The Second International Conference on Minimalist Music, in conjunction with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, presents composer and artist Mikel Rouse in a discussion and screening of his films Funding (2001) and Music for Minorities (2004) on Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Historian Jerrold Hirsch examines the lasting cultural value derived from the Federal Writers’ Project
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Historian Jerrold Hirsch leads a presentation called Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project, examining the lasting value derived from this government program on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the final KCPT taping of Meet the Past as the director of the Kansas City Public Library interviews the famous (and infamous) abolitionist
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    John Brown: Abolitionist

    Production for the Meet the Past television series concludes in September with a final program 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.

  • 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.