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  • Los Angeles Times columnist  Steve Lopez joins Angela Elam  of KCUR’s New Letters on the Air for a public conversation about his lauded book that became the basis for a 2009 motion picture starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez discusses his well-received book, The Soloist. Lopez will be interviewed by Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air. The conversation will later be broadcast on KCUR.

  • Author Patrick Dobson presents his travelogue Seldom Seen, a chronicle of his 10-week walking journey from Kansas City to Helena, Montana.
    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    Author Patrick Dobson presents his travelogue Seldom Seen, a chronicle of his 10-week walking journey from Kansas City to Helena, Montana.

  • Richard Byrum previews the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of H.M.S. Pinafore: or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor.
    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Richard Byrum previews the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore: or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor.

    The comic opera was the fourth operatic collaboration by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. It was the duo’s first opera to achieve international acclaim. The opera takes place on the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore and tells the story of the captain’s daughter, who is in love with a lower-class sailor, although her father intends her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty.

  • A film series devoted to Tim Burton, the auteur whose distinct visual landscapes are a play land for unique and sometimes grotesque characters
    Saturday, October 31, 2009

    An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

  • To commemorate United Nations Day, Radhika Coomaraswamy will discuss her work to protect children from being swept up in civil wars and other armed conflicts around the world.
    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Radhika Coomaraswamy of the United Nations for a presentation titled The United Nations, Children, and Armed Conflict on Thursday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    To commemorate United Nations Day, Coomaraswamy will be discussing her work to protect children from being swept up in civil wars and other armed conflicts around the world.

  • Robert Goldstein, professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University, examines the so-called Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations (AGLOSO) and its critical role in the post–World War II “Red Scare.”
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Robert Goldstein, a professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University, presents his book, American Blacklist.

  • Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller detailing her family’s activities in Budapest during Nazi and Communist regimes.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America.

  • A film series devoted to Edward G. Robinson, an early screen icon who defined the gangster genre.
    Monday, October 26, 2009

    An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

  • Percussion Group Kansas City in its first live performance featuring percussion standards and new works realized with diverse instrumentation.
    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Percussion Group Kansas City (PGKC) for its debut performance on Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • A film series devoted to Tim Burton, the auteur whose distinct visual landscapes are a play land for unique and sometimes grotesque characters
    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.