Event Archive

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Format: 2014-12-22
Format: 2014-12-22
  • Celebrate  the 25th Anniversary  of The Friends of The Kansas City Public Library when the  Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents a Script-In-Hand performance of Stephen Vincent Benét’s The Devil & Daniel Webster
    Friday, June 26, 2009

    The third season of the Script-in-Hand series of stage performances, presented by the Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, wraps up with The Devil and Daniel Webster on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author and journalist Gary Pomerantz presents the riveting true story of a 1920s Kansas City housewife who killed her husband over a game of bridge
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    1920s-30s America

    Gary Pomerantz talks about his new true- crime book set in Kansas City, The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age, on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Don Dagenais of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents excerpts from several operas based upon this play
    Monday, June 22, 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.

  • Sunday, June 21, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Eating Locally

    Season Burnett discusses sustainable methods for buying, making and growing food in Kansas City on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St. in Independence.

  • Stephen Katz tells the story of his Ukrainian-born grandfather, Isaac Katz, and the rise of the Katz Drug Company, the Wal-Mart of its day
    Sunday, June 21, 2009

    In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Isaac Katz turned a challenge into an opportunity. A wartime decree prohibited stores from staying open past 6 p.m. – peak hours for the Katz brothers’ tobacco store near Union Station in Kansas City. Only pharmacies could remain open in the evening. Katz found a retired pharmacist and hired him right away, saving the business and launching a new era – the chain of Katz drug stores.

  • Saturday, June 20, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Eating Locally

    Veterinarian Charlotte Clifford-Rathert discusses Farm Animals in the City on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway St.

  • The New Cult Canon theme features cult films with mass appeal, inspired by The A.V. Club - Near Dark (1987)
    Friday, June 19, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion written by film editor Scott Tobias.

  • Preview the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour and learn more about the increasing number of Kansas City residents interested  in growing food to feed themselves and others during a panel discussion
    Thursday, June 18, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Eating Locally

    On Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture presents the kick-off event for the 2009 Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour with the panel discussion, Food From the City, For the City.

  • Craig Santos Perez reads from his latest poetry collection, inspired by his upbringing in Guam
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Craig Santos Perez for a talk and reading from his new collection from Unincorporated Territory on Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

  • New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman discusses her latest book, a coming-of-age family saga that follows three siblings through the mundane and the miraculous
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Alice Hoffman Read-Alikes

    New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman discusses her new book, The Story Sisters, on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.