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Format: 2014-04-24
Format: 2014-04-24
  • Historic preservationist Annette Thomas looks at the transforation of the old Kansas City Public Library (1897-1960) on 9th Street into the Ozark National Life Insurance Building.
    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    The 2013 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.

    For the first program Annette Thomas, member of the Historic Kansas City Foundation, discusses the transformation of the old Kansas City Public Library (1897-1960) on 9th Street into the Ozark National Life Insurance Building. This was the topic of her 1997 master’s thesis at UMKC.

  • Local filmmakers Kevin Fossland and Martin Diggs discuss their upcoming documentary film chronicling Kansas City’s cherished barbecue culture.
    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Arguments may ensue on the merits of individual barbecue joints, but no one disputes the extent that the “culture” of B-B-Q has helped define everyday life in Kansas City.

    Local filmmakers Kevin Fossland and Martin Diggs are currently filming The Kansas City Barbecue Documentary, which chronicles the city’s cherished barbecue culture. They will share their initial findings and conversations with the people behind the countless competitions, secret sauce, and elaborate tailgating parties.

  • The Library celebrates the career of Kansas City-raised comedic actor Paul Rudd in this summer’s Off-the-Wall film series.
    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Part of the 2013 Off-the-Wall Film Series featuring comedies starring Kansas City native Paul Rudd. Rudd shot into the comedy stratosphere playing Peter, a painfully uncool guy desperate to strike up a friendship with the hip Sydney (Jason Segal). The film was noteworthy for Rudd’s off-the-charts comedy improvisations. With Rashida Jones. This title is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh examines the assault by black Union troops on the Confederate stronghold Fort Wagner as well as the role black soldiers played in other battles and skirmishes, particularly in Missouri and the Midwest.
    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Military historian Terry Beckenbaugh examines the failed 1863 attack on the Confederacy’s Fort Wagner on Charleston Harbor – an incident that provided further evidence to both the North and South that African-American troops were ready to fight and die for the Union cause.

    Beckenbaugh is an assistant professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

    Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.

  • Time magazine editor-at-large  David Von Drehle conducts a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen, providing an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, and the ebb and flow of power in the nation’s capital.
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    In the new series Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, journalists covering the nation’s capital offer an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, the ebb and flow of power, and the challenges facing our country today.

    David Von DrehleTime magazine’s editor-at-large and a Kansas City resident – holds a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen. Allen is creator of the influential daily news digest Playbook and “the man the White House wakes up to,” in the words of The New York Times Magazine.

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

    The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.

  • Local historian Joelouis Mattox looks at an era when African Americans were permitted to have picnics at just one spot in the city’s parks system: At Shelter No. 5 in Swope Park, known widely as “Watermelon Hill.”
    Sunday, July 14, 2013

    In the 1950s and ‘60s, Kansas City was a heavily segregated town. African-Americans were limited even in which city facilities they could use. For instance, black citizens were permitted to have picnics at just one spot in the city’s parks system: at Shelter No. 5 in Swope Park, widely known as “Watermelon Hill.”

    Local historian Joelouis Mattox discusses this era in the city’s racial past.

  • Get an early look at some of the acts and artists – including radio sketch comics Right Between the Ears – performing during the ninth annual Kansas City Fringe Festival.
    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Established in 2005, the Kansas City Fringe Festival has grown into a 10-day celebration of theater, visual arts, film, dance, and music. This year’s edition runs from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28, 2013, at dozens of venues around the city. You can get an advance look at what’s in store for festival audiences at the Fringe Festival Preview.

    Refreshments provided by Minsky’s Pizza. This event is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

  • Paul Mesner Puppets celebrates 25 years of outstanding puppet shows with a presentation of The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Paul Mesner Puppets celebrates 25 years of outstanding puppet shows with a presentation of “The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard.”

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates a panel of experts discussing proposals to replace the city’s three-terminal airport with a single-terminal design, as well as the movement for a citywide vote on the issue.
    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    When it opened 40 years ago, Kansas City International Airport and its three-terminal design was hailed as the most convenient airport in the country. But with changing times and new security demands, is it time for a new facility? A panel of experts discusses whether it’s time to build a new KCI.

    This is the third of four public forums in 2013 examining current municipal issues. Up next: the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri (on October 17, 2013).