Event Archive

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Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
  • Author Ann Kirschner discusses her book about the common-law wife of lawman Wyatt Earp, a flamboyant Jewish girl from New York who led a life of ambition, adventure, and romance. Josephine Earp was the type of woman embodied in True Grit’s fictional Mattie Ross.
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    For nearly 50 years Josephine Marcus Earp was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp, the legendary hero of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. As an independent 19th-century woman she was a real-life forerunner of True Grit’s fictional Mattie Ross.

    Author Ann Kirschner explores the life of this frontier femme, a flamboyant Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent whose life is a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and romance.

  • The country/bluegrass duo Granville Automatic performs original songs inspired by Civil War battles.
    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    The country duo Granville Automatic performs songs from An Army Without Music, a recording project in which each song is inspired by a Civil War battle. And since they are appearing on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, Vanessa Denae Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins will debut their new song about that confrontation.

    Olivarez was in the Top 12 of the 2003 season of American Idol and starred in the Canadian stage production of Hairspray. Elkins was a grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Together they have released the albums Granville Automatic and Live from Sun Studio.

  • Join artists of all levels of experience in painting in the great outdoors in this “open session” hosted by the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie on the Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace. Supplies and snacks provided.
    Saturday, September 21, 2013

    Two times a year members of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie hold an open session where members of the public may join professional artists in painting in the great outdoors. The next such session will be held on the Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace.

    “En Plein Air” means “in plain air,” and founder Robert Bingaman calls the process “invigorating, amusing, and rewarding … I think we’ve quietly and consistently done something wonderful for Kansas City. We have highlighted our city’s civic landmarks and we have reminded citizens that any street corner is worthy of painting.”

  • The Library celebrates the career of Kansas City-raised comedic actor Paul Rudd in this summer’s Off-the-Wall film series.
    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Part of the 2013 Off-the-Wall Film Series featuring comedies starring Kansas City native Paul Rudd. George and Linda (Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) have given up on life in the Big Apple. En route to a new job, the uptight couple find themselves staying in a latter-day hippie commune where both the sexuality and the bathroom doors are wide open. With Justin Theroux, Alan Alda. This title is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • Nancy Lewis and Anne Mallinson discuss the challenges American families faced during the Civil War era. Children will be able to dress up in period attire provided by the Wornall House and make rag dolls.
    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Nancy Lewis and Anne Mallinson discuss the challenges American families faced during the Civil War era. Lewis and Mallinson are both graduates from the University of Missouri, retired educators and life-long Missouri residents. Children will be able to dress up in period attire provided by the Wornall House and make rag dolls.

    The event is appropriate for all ages.

  • University of Georgia professor Peter Charles Hoffer examines the repercussions of the controversial 1973 Supreme Court decision that upheld a woman’s right to have an abortion and became a flashpoint in the contemporary “culture” war.
    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Few Supreme Court decisions have stirred up as much controversy, vitriolic debate, and even violence as 1973’s Roe v. Wade, which affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion. Peter Charles Hoffer examines the lasting impact of this landmark decision, its historical background, core issues, essential personalities, and key precedents.

    Hoffer is distinguished research professor of history at the University of Georgia.

  • KCPT’s Nick Haines emcees this program featuring adult students from Literacy Kansas City who share their stories and local authors who talk about the power of reading.
    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    An estimated 225,000 adults in Kansas City are denied some of the simplest and most important moments in life because they cannot read.

    To celebrate the joy of literacy the Library hosts the fifth annual Power of Reading: A Celebration of the Written Word. KCPT’s Nick Haines emcees. Adult students from Literacy Kansas City share their stories. And local writers – among them The Recipe (featuring Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “337” Jones), Chato Villalobos, Grace Suh, and Judith Fertig - discuss the power of reading in their lives.

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

    The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.

  • Join us for a screening of Rise and Dream, a documentary about how Filipino youths mastered traditional instruments to put on a life-changing concert. Following the screening, Kansas City’s Barclay Martin, the film’s musical director, and others involved in the project hold a roundtable discussion.
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    In an impoverished and terrorism-plagued region of the Philippines, 13 teenagers accepted a challenge: to master their culture’s traditional instruments and perform in a life-altering concert. These young musicians tell their stories and show excerpts from Rise and Dream, a documentary about their experiences. Also on hand is Kansas City’s Barclay Martin, the film’s musical director.

    The documentary captures the efforts of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a lay Catholic organization working independent of any diocese or the Vatican to serve the poor in 22 countries.

  • Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle and Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle hold a public conversation on the economy.  McArdle writes about economics, finance, and government policy from a moderate libertarian (or classical liberal) perspective.
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Time magazine’s David Von Drehle and Bloomberg blogger Megan McArdle discuss Freeing the Economy in the third offering of the Dateline: Washington series.

    McArdle is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist writing mostly about economics, finance, and government policy from a moderate libertarian (or classical liberal) perspective. In recent months, she has blogged about government-backed mortgages, the higher education bubble, and the labor movement.