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Format: 2014-10-24
Format: 2014-10-24
  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock.  Rear Window (1954; NR)
    Sunday, February 9, 2014

    A free series of films by Alfred Hitchcock who used film to explore his own neuroses and phobias, in the process revealing the psychological complexities we all share.

    Often cited as one of Hitchcock’s finest films, Rear Window may also be his most fully realized and psychologically intriguing. A photographer (James Stewart), confined to his Greenwich Village apartment with a broken leg, uses his telephoto lens to spy on the lives of his many neighbors. This meditation on voyeurism turns deadly when the snoop uncovers evidence of a murder. Grace Kelly makes her first appearance in a Hitchcock movie.

  • Kids’ magician Tommy Terrific celebrates the great trumpeter, singer, and jazz pioneer, Louis Armstrong.   The program is appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, February 7, 2014

    Magician Tommy Terrific celebrates the great trumpeter, singer, and jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong and performs magic tricks inspired by his most popular songs, including “Hello, Dolly!” and “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

  • The Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continue the eighth season of Script-in-Hand performances, this year focusing on classic comedies.
    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    Among the most-performed comedies of the 20th century, Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway hit is about two recently divorced men – the slob sportswriter Oscar Madison and the neat, uptight Felix Ungar – who become unlikely roommates in a New York City apartment. The play spawned a hit movie (with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau), a long-running TV series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall) and even a stage adaptation that turned Felix and Oscar into women named Florence and Olive.

    The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre performs its eighth season of Script-in-Hand – a series of classic comedies called Exit Laughing.

  • Kid rocker, Krista Eyler, performs a concert displaying her unique blend of soul-inspired, bluesy, family-friendly music.     Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Kid rocker Krista Eyler performs a concert displaying her unique blend of soul-inspired, bluesy, family-friendly music.

    This program is appropriate for all ages.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews civil rights advocate Alvin Sykes about the role libraries have played in his work, his appointment as the 2013 scholar in residence, and the publication of the biographical monograph Pursuit of Truth.
    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    As a self-taught human rights worker who relies on local libraries for his primary research, the Kansas City Public Library's 2013 scholar in residence Alvin Sykes works with the justice system on behalf of minorities and the poor.

    In a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III, Sykes talks about testifying before Congress, bending the ears of politicians, and his role in creating the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which gives the U.S. Department of Justice the means to investigate long-ago cases of civil rights violations.

  • In a discussion of his new book, historian Sean McMeekin reveals how a small cabal of European statesmen used the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to initiate a long-awaited showdown among the Continent’s powers, ultimately leading to the start of World War I.  Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Reception: 6 p.m. Program: 6:30 p.m.   Central Library 14 W. 10th St.
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    When a Serbian assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, there was nothing to suggest the event would lead to a horrific world war. In a discussion of his new book, historian Sean McMeekin reveals how a small cabal of statesmen used the Archduke's murder to set up a long-awaited showdown among the European powers. July 1914: Countdown to War reveals how in a single month a handful of men changed the course of the 20th century.

  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock.  Strangers on a Train (1951; NR)
    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    A free series of films by Alfred Hitchcock who used film to explore his own neuroses and phobias, in the process revealing the psychological complexities we all share.

  • The Coterie Theatre presents the tale of a fifth-grade boy obsessed with the mythical god Zeus.    Appropriate for grades 1 – 5.
    Friday, January 24, 2014

    The Coterie Theatre presents the tale of a fifth-grade boy obsessed with the mythical god, Zeus.

    This program is appropriate for grades 1 – 5.

  • Historian Hal Wert marks the  75th anniversary of the year when Europe faced a period of escalating tensions, diplomatic crises and armed agressions that culminated in the German blitzkrieg of Poland and the outbreak of World War II.
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the year when Europe faced what Winston Churchill memorably called “the gathering storm” — a period of escalating political tensions, diplomatic crises, and armed aggressions that culminated in the German blitzkrieg of Poland and the outbreak of World War II.

    Hal Wert, professor of history at the Kansas City Art Institute, examines the key events of 1939, a year that saw Fascist victory in the Spanish Civil War, the final dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, and the Russian invasion of Finland. In the U.S. the economy looked as if it might emerge from Depression, Hollywood produced some of its greatest films, the New York World’s Fair wowed audiences from around the globe, and the ailing Lou Gehrig retired from baseball.

  • Chuck Haddix discusses his new book about Kansas City jazz legend Charlie Parker, who began playing in his early teens, became a heroin addict at 16, pioneered the bebop movement, and died at age 34.
    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Trumpeter Miles Davis once said: "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker."

    Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker — a Kansas City native — began playing professionally in his early teens, became a heroin addict at 16, changed the course of music, and then died when only 34 years old. For his new book on Parker, Chuck Haddix weaves together firsthand accounts from those who knew the legendary jazzman and in-depth research into previously overlooked historical sources to create a compelling narrative portrait of a tragic genius.