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  • The rise of Hugo Chavez as witnessed by author and political activist Charles Hardy.
    Thursday, February 25, 2010

     Author and political activist Charles Hardy discusses his book Cowboy in Caracas: A North American Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    A former Catholic priest, Hardy has lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years. He spent eight of those years in a shack made of cardboard and tin in one of Caracas’ barrios.

  • Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at  the best TV of the past 15 years.
    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at the best TV of the past 15 years, on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The event marks the release of the book, in which Barnhart chronicles the 100 best television programs to air during his 15 years as a critic. Each selection includes Barnhart's comments. His selections can all be rented, bought, or downloaded.

  • Longtime Kansas City Star  columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie’s Vegetable Paradise.
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Longtime Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy and explains how he overcame  various setbacks  to write 23 books, including A Boy’s Own Story– his autobiographical novel about growing up gay in the 1950s.
    Monday, February 22, 2010

    Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy on Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Professor Milton Katz discusses the 125-year history of The Kansas City Art Institute, one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city.
    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    The Kansas City Art Institute’s Milton Katz presents Making Creativity Dance: A History of the Kansas City Art Institute on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • 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, February 21, 2010

    The Searching the Psyche through Cinema series returns with Billy Elliot, a film about the son of a British coal miner who is intent on studying ballet and eventually pursues a prestigious scholarship – despite class resistance and general antagonism.

    UMKC film professor Tom Poe and psychoanalyst Marilyn N. Metzel will lead a post-film discussion and Q&A with Jeffrey Bentley, executive director of the Kansas City Ballet. Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.

  • Artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig visually interpret ­– and re-invent – language, patterns, and ideas about the natural world using a variety of media, from acrylic paint on wood panels to duct tape and National Geographic magazines.
    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    In the exhibit Pitty Patt(rn), artists Garry Noland and Cory Imig visually interpret—and re-invent—language, patterns, and ideas about the natural world using a variety of media, from acrylic paint on wood panels to duct tape and National Geographic magazines. According to Noland, "Our most basic human attitudes mimic the globe we live on. The waters erode the land while the land pushes back the water. Each requires the other for definition. Similarly, the alphabet requires space between the letters.

  • Local storyteller Brother John performs Songs of the Black Pioneers, a tribute to African-American trailblazers such as the first black female to fly on a space shuttle and the first black U.S. Marshal.
    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Local storyteller Brother John performs Songs of the Black Pioneers, a tribute to African American trailblazers such as Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to fly on a space shuttle, and Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshal.

    Brother John has developed more than 120 thematic stories and programs.

    Can't make this event? You can also attend at 10 a.m. on February 11, 2010 at Central Library. Click here.

  • Author and educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms he believes are most likely to succeed and shares the evidence that has led him to those conclusions.
    Thursday, February 18, 2010

     Educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms hold the most promise and why on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book about the Union victory he says “pierced the  heart” of the Confederacy  and all but ended the Civil War.
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The Bonfire recounts the battle for Atlanta, known then as “the Gate City of the South,” during the summer of 1864 that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and ultimately lead to the burning of the city in September 1864.