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Format: 2015-12-01
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  • 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.

  • Discover the secrets of good storytelling through clips of  Hollywood blockbuster films.  For 14 years old and up.
    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Join award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer on Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., to discover the five elements of every good story and how these elements interact to create emotion in an audience.

    Short, family-friendly clips from blockbuster movies illustrate the basic techniques used to inspire, teach, and convince. You may never watch a film or read a book the same way again. For 14 years old and up. Admission is free.

  • The internationally acclaimed guitarist performs a program of classical and flamenco music from composers Louis Armstrong to Paco de Lucia.
    Friday, October 23, 2009

    The Seville Committee of the Sister City Association of Kansas City, Missouri presents classic guitarist Pedro Navarro.

    Born in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Navarro began studying guitar at age 6 as part of the Sociedad Artística Nulense. Studying with Manuel Babiloni at the Castellón Professional Conservatory of Music, he earned a professional guitar degree when he was 16.

  • Historian John Ferling reveals the George Washington that no one knows: A canny infighter, master of persuasion and one of America’s most adroit politicians.
    Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    George Washington:
    Recent Books

    Bestselling historian John Ferling inaugurates the Library's Presidential Series with a talk based on his newest book, The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon.

  • Author and historian Ron Smith discusses his new book about the man best known in Kansas City for issuing the controversial General Order No. 11, forcibly removing Confederate sympathizers in rural western Missouri.
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    Historian Ron Smith discusses his new book Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General.

    Smith takes readers back to Bleeding Kansas, with its border ruffians and land speculators, to show how Thomas Ewing Jr. and his family played pivotal roles in the history of Kansas, Missouri, and the nation.

  • Allis and Ronald Radosh explore the domestic and global pressures bearing on President Harry S. Truman as America became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel just moments after sovereignty had been declared in Jerusalem.
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    History of Israel

    The husband-wife team of historians, Allis and Ronald Radosh, presents the book A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel.

  • Lyric Opera Guild speaker Richard Byrum discusses the career of W.S. Gilbert, who was a renowned British humorist long before teaming up with composer Arthur Sullivan.
    Monday, October 19, 2009

    The At Ease with Opera series returns for a program in support of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s November production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

  • A film series devoted to Edward G. Robinson, an early screen icon who defined the gangster genre.
    Monday, October 19, 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.

  • Richard Serrano tells the story of his grandfather’s murder and its cover-up – with links to political boss Tom Pendergast and other colorful characters
    Sunday, October 18, 2009

    Investigative journalist Richard Serrano tells the story of his grandfather’s murder and its cover-up—with links to political boss Tom Pendergast and other colorful characters.

    A drunk living on Kansas City's skid row, James Patrick Lyons was arrested 80 times for public intoxication. On the night of his last arrest, he was taken to the city jail and held in solitary confinement. The next morning he was dead. Officials said it was natural causes—yet they could not explain his broken neck.

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