Event Archive

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  • Steven Watts discusses his biography of the man who founded Playboy and grew it into a large entertainment and communications company.
    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    Author and historian Steven Watts discusses his new book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The book traces Hefner’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his founding of Playboy magazine to his company’s transition from simple magazine publisher to a large communications and entertainment company.

  • Sol Sender discusses his experience leading the team that developed the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand,” the first of its kind in American politics.
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Sol Sender discusses his experiences developing the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand” on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Anne Ingalls discusses her  biography of jazz musician Mary Lou Williams, who had her first public performance at the age of  six and went on to write and arrange music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.
    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Ann Ingalls discusses her new children's book The Little Piano Girl, a biography of Mary Lou Williams, one of the most accomplished women in jazz, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Art Spot at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane - that will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.
    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limón Company's great dancers," Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane.

    Choreographed by Limón with music by Purcell, The Moor’s Pavane will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.

  • David Shields, author of The Magic Mirror: Photography & American Silent Cinema, discusses the work  of legendary local photographer Orval Hixon.
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields

  • Anne C. Heller discusses her new biography of the libertarian author and philosopher best known for such novels as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Anne C. Heller discusses her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made, a biography of the author and philosopher best known for the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas City native Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.
    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.

    The presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.

  • Juilliard graduates Maria Millar and Shawn Wyckoff of Silver Roots present a concert that weaves music, history, and candid commentary into an inspiring performance that bridges classical and world music.
    Friday, January 22, 2010

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts classical music duo Silver Roots for a performance that bridges classical and world music on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation on humanities studies and the future of America’s place in the world with Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Princeton University engineering professor David Billington.
    Thursday, January 21, 2010

     Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation about humanities studies and the future of America's position in the world with brothers James H. and David Billington on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

    James Billington, the librarian of Congress, will discuss why the decline of humanities studies has diminished America's position in the world.

  • Author and former Kansas City resident Gretchen Rubin discusses her new book The Happiness Project, which chronicles the year she spent trying to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Author Gretchen Rubin discusses her new book The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.