Event Archive

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Format: 2014-12-28
Format: 2014-12-28
  • True-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of a tumultuous Kansas City relationship described as "a ruthless mixture of sex and greed ending inevitably in bloody violence"
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    True Crime

    On Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., true-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of sex, deceit, money, and murder when she discusses her book The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Missouri-born artist famous for his paintings showing ordinary people doing common things
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Thomas Hart Benton:
    Missouri Artist

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in July with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air during 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 veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • After a well-received holiday performance in December, the local duo of Jill Simpson and Whitney Coulson are back for the dog days of summer with a highly anticipated encore
    Friday, July 10, 2009

    On Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Friday Night Family Fun welcomes the return of The La La's.

    After a well received holiday performance in December, the local duo of Jill Simpson and Whitney Coulson are back for the dog days of summer with a highly anticipated encore.

    Simpson and Coulson write tunes to promote fun, self-esteem, and individuality for children of all ages.

  • Kansas City’s summer chamber music ensemble performs excerpts from classic and contemporary composers Handel and Alexandra du Bois
    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes the chamber music ensemble Summerfest for two "informances" on Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.  Each "informance" is designed to help newcomers and experienced concertgoers develop a new appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of chamber music from the Baroque era to the present day.

  • Astronomer, astrophysicist and five-time astronaut Dr. Steven Hawley gives a presentation to complement the exhibit Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    Related exhibit:
    Visions of the Universe

    Related films:
    Cinema Across the Universe

    Participate in the International Year of Astronomy when Dr. Steven Hawley—astronomer, astrophysicist and astronaut—presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • On the 146th anniversary of the battle that would become the namesake for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a panel of military  historians discusses The Battle of Gettysburg: Why it Mattered
    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Battle of Gettysburg

    A panel of military historians will discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Missouri-born outlaw who became one of the most infamous bank and train robbers in American history
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Jesse James: American Outlaw

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in June with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be taped in upcoming months. The series will air during 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 veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Mother/daughter writing team Faye and Aliza Kellerman discuss their new novel about three teenagers caught in a frightening alternate reality
    Monday, June 29, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Thrillers for Teens

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Faye and Aliza Kellerman for a discussion of their novel Prism on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • A discussion of Falstaff, the  opportunistic schemer who has been the inspiration for songs, paintings, and operas
    Monday, June 29, 2009

    On Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Earliest Sitcom, a series of programs celebrating one of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedies.

  • Susan Richards Johnson takes a closer look at the work of Mary Colter
    Sunday, June 28, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Women in Architecture

    The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

    All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.