Event Archive

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  • Carlotta Walls LaNier made history 52 years ago as one of The Little Rock Nine. After years of silence, Lanier shares her story for the first time with her new book.
    Monday, November 16, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Staff Picks: The Little Rock Nine: Everyday Heroes of Civil Rights

    Carlotta Walls LaNier made history 52 years ago as one of "The Little Rock Nine." After years of silence, LaNier shares her story for the first time with her book A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.

    On September 25, 1957, LaNier and eight other students only wanted to make it to class. Descended from a line of proud black landowners and businessmen, LaNier was raised to believe that education was the key to success and she excelled in her studies at segregated schools throughout the 1950s. With Brown v. Board of Education erasing the classroom color divide, the teenager volunteered to be among the first black students—of whom she was the youngest—to integrate Central High School.

  • Pat Ireland and Kevin Sanders discuss the history of ragtime in Kansas City, which was often described as the center of the “cradle of ragtime”
    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Before Kansas City developed a jazz scene, ragtime was the music of choice. Many important ragtime composers hailed from Kansas City, which was often described as the "cradle of ragtime." The pioneering E. Harry Kelly worked for local music publisher Carl Hoffman when he wrote his first hit song, Peaceful Henry. Charles L. Johnson was working for the same company when he sold one million copies of his Dill Pickles Rag (1910).

  • Professor Farquar's 'Great American Medicine Show' is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th century's most popular  diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, magic, lots of laughs, and audience participation.
    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Professor Farquar's "Great American Medicine Show" is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th century's most popular diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, incredible magic, plus lots of laughs and audience participation. A special feature of the Medicine Show is Polecat Annie. She gives hands-on instruction in rope twirling, plate spinning, Victorian amusements, Indian games and palm reading.

  • Friday Night Family Fun continues with Kansas City author Derrick Barnes as he celebrates the birthday of his signature character, Ruby Booker.
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Its Ruby Booker’s birthday and we’re gonna have a party! Local author Derrick Barnes will be here to talk a little about the popular series.  We’ll also have a DJ spinning the Booker family’s favorite tunes. Plus, there will be yummy cupcakes for everyone!

  • Kansas City-based choral music  ensemble Octarium celebrates  its new album with a lively  performance and presentation  exploring The State of Choral  Music in an American Idol Age.
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Octarium, the Kansas City-based choral music ensemble, marks the release of its fourth album, Modern Masters, with a lively performance and presentation exploring the State of Choral Music in an American Idol Age on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Andrew Smith discusses  his new book, chronicling 30  major events that helped shape  contemporary American cuisine.
    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Author Andrew Smith discusses his new book, chronicling 30 major events that helped shape contemporary American cuisine.

    Eating History is a collection of essays – on topics ranging from Cracker Jacks to Rodale’s organic gardening – intended to shed light on how the modern American diet became what it is today.

  • Economist Zachary Karabell discusses the fusion of the Chinese and U.S. economies and how this new dynamic will determine future global prosperity or greater instability.
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Staff Picks: Chinese Economy

    Economist Zachary Karabell discusses his new book Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It.

    China's emergence as an economic superpower is widely recognized, but that is only one aspect of the story. Over the past decade, the Chinese and U.S. economies have fused—and this new dynamic to the superpower relationship will determine whether the coming decades witness increased global prosperity or greater instability.

  • Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a “compelling novel that will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt.”
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a "compelling novel (that) will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt."

  • Students, administrators, and coaches reunite to discuss what has changed in the one year since the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City Missouri School District.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Metro Sports hosts a town hall to mark the one year anniversary of the release of CityBall, a documentary following the lives of high school athletes in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

    Many of the student-athletes and coaches featured in CityBall will be joined by Kansas City School District officials to discuss the impact the documentary has had on the people, the schools, and the community. The town hall will be filmed and later broadcast by Metro Sports on Time Warner Cable.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, the first performance in the American Classics Script-in-Hand series
    Sunday, November 8, 2009
    Related Events:
    Script in Hand 2009-2010

    The fourth season of the Kansas City Public Library's Script-in-Hand series presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre opens the 2009-2010 season, named American Classics, with the Lillian Hellman play, The Little Foxes.