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Format: 2014-08-21
Format: 2014-08-21
  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    Breathless (1960; NR) French with English subtitles
    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    A crime drama about a charismatic Paris thug (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who initiates a torrid affair with a beautiful young American (Jean Seberg), Breathless is among the most influential films ever made … not for the story but for its style. Director Jean-Luc Godard shot surreptitiously on real streets and cut the footage into jarring jump shots that seemed to kick the story forward.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts the 2013 Young Adult Literature Festival with Rainbow Rowell, Jacqueline Woodson, and John Green, presented by Reading Reptile and sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Meet leading authors of young adult literature, purchase books, and get autographs.

    YA Literature Workshop: 8:00 to Noon
    Tickets to the workshop have sold out.

    Book Signing: 1 - 3 p.m.
    Admission to the book signing is free and open to the public

  • Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter presents an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter takes you into the excitement of the big top. Enjoy an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more.

    Porter has worked with communities, educational institutions, churches, amusement parks and professional theaters around the country, performing as a clown, actor, magician, storyteller, educator, and emcee.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Time magazine editor-at-large  David Von Drehle holds a public conversation about climate change with Justin Gillis, The New York Times’ prize-winning environmental reporter.
    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Few journalists have studied the issue of global warming with the thoroughness of The New York TimesJustin Gillis, who has raised hackles by comparing global warming skeptics to opponents of evolution.

    Now, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Gillis about Covering Climate Change.

    Gillis, who reports and blogs on the environment for the Times, warns that “the hour is late … To head off the worst consequences of global warming, we needed to get started 20 years ago and we did not. If we started today it would be hard, and we’re not starting today.”

  • Journalist and historian Max Holland looks at the Zapruder film, the famous home movie of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, discussing how it was made, its status as the dominant record of a national tragedy, and how it has helped and hindered our understanding of that traumatic day in Dallas.
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Several hundred spectators in Dealey Plaza witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Everyone else experienced it through the eyes of Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder, whose home movie of the shooting is among the most famous – and closely examined – films in history.

    Journalist and historian Max Holland looks at the Zapruder film, delving into how it came to be, its exalted status as the dominant document of a national tragedy, and how it has helped – or hindered - our understanding of precisely what happened 50 years ago this month.

  • Filipino-American poet Patrick Rosal–who has been known to punch up his readings by strumming the guitar, playing the piano, and dancing-discusses his work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Patrick Rosal’s poetry, writes one critic, “skillfully navigates between despair and love, between violence and music, between loss and transcendence ... I’ve seen him make people cry during his readings. I’ve seen him play a guitar, play the piano, sing, and yes, dance.”

    Rosal holds a discussion about his work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

  • Writer Deborah Shouse discusses her book about caring for her aging mother. She is joined by storyteller Ron Zoglin and Alzheimer’s expert  Michelle Niedens.
    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    During her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, Deborah Shouse explored ways to connect with her and developed new rituals to anchor holidays and other celebrations. She is joined by Ron Zoglin, a professional storyteller, and Michelle Niedens, education director of the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, for a discussion of her book, which offers humor and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers.

  • The 14th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration begins with a Friday Night Family Fun event for all ages and a Ghost Stories presentation for ages 10 and up.
    Friday, November 8, 2013

    The 14th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features folk tales, historical sagas, performance art, intergalactic yarns and more.

    The celebration begins with Friday Night Family Fun at 6:30 p.m. in the Kids’ Corner,with the Sadarri and Company Multilingual Storytellers followed by Ghost Stories in the Truman Auditorium at 7 p.m. with: Peter Cook, Marilyn Kinsella, Willy Claflin, and Rosie Cutrer.

  • In a discussion of his new book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, author Richard Moe examines FDR’s decision to seek a third term, a choice that secured the advances of the New Deal and helped America prepare for another World War.
    Thursday, November 7, 2013


    This event has been canceled at the author’s request due to an illness.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was contemplating retirement when war broke out in Europe and he was forced to decide whether to seek a third term, both to lead the American mobilization and preserve the advances of the New Deal.

    In a discussion of his new book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, Richard Moe examines Roosevelt’s duality: the bold, moral statesman who set lofty and principled goals, and the arrogant, manipulative politician in pursuit of them.

  • Financial expert Mark Skousen discusses his book Maxims of Wall Street, which includes more than 800 adages from such notable figures as Warren Buffett,  J.P. Morgan, and Steve Forbes.
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    For nearly 30 years Mark Skousen — financial economist, university professor, and author — has been collecting the wisdom of Wall Street in the form of adages, proverbs, and legends. He discusses how interviews with financial old-timers, his reading of rare business books, and his own experiences in the markets has resulted in his new collection of pithy sayings and observations in Maxims of Wall Street: A Compendium of Financial Adages, Ancient Proverbs, and Worldly Wisdom.