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Format: 2016-07-29
Format: 2016-07-29
  • The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog – which just released its fifth family-friendly album and first specifically for kids, appropriately titled “For the Kids” – spreads its positive, dance-inducing vibrations.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, November 13, 2015

    The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.” Appropriate for all ages.

  • In a discussion of his new book, world chess champion-turned-human rights activist Garry Kasparov discusses what he says is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s evolution from local to regional to global threat. His advice: Stand up to the bully..
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    World chess champion-turned-human rights activist Garry Kasparov sounded his first warning about Vladimir Putin in 2001.

    He now compares the Russian president with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the Islamic State as an enemy of political liberty and the modern world order. In a discussion of his book, Kasparov examines what he says is Putin’s evolution from local to regional to global threat and advocates that the U.S. and its allies stand up to the bully rather than try to appease him.

  • From serving as a steadying influence on the moody, volatile Lyndon Johnson to championing the Highway Beautification Act, Lady Bird Johnson exerted far-reaching influence. Author Betty Boyd Caroli, a noted expert on first ladies, examines her extraordinary life.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Lady Bird Johnson was no mere White House photo prop.

    The former Claudia Taylor once was described by husband Lyndon Johnson as “the brains and money of this family.” Her business acumen helped point him to the White House, and she was a steadying influence on a man noted for his moodiness and volatility. Among other accomplishments, her efforts as an environmentalist led to the Highway Beautification Act.

    Author Betty Boyd Caroli examines Lady Bird’s exceptional life in a discussion of her new book Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • There was more to General George Custer than Little Bighorn. In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer winner T.J. Stiles reveals a complex man who helped lead the U.S. into a more modern age and then struggled to cope with that change.
    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Many, if not most, Americans’ understanding of Gen. George Armstrong Custer begins and ends with his demise at Little Bighorn. But that belies the complexity of a historic figure who was capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, and an individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).

  • Thomas Hart Benton scholar Henry Adams discusses the acclaimed artist’s role in the social and cultural renaissance of Kansas City during what generally is regarded as the city’s “golden age” – and his place amid its social tensions and fault lines.
    Sunday, November 8, 2015

    Thomas Hart Benton’s national notoriety – as one of the most visible and controversial American painters of the 1930s – has overshadowed his time as a Kansas City resident.

    Benton scholar Henry Adams, author of the new book Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, reveals an intriguingly different artist than the one known to historians. Benton had a complex involvement in the city’s great social and cultural renaissance, which included the establishment of a symphony, university, and great art museum. Often at odds with the staff of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, he drew most of his support from Jewish patrons who were largely excluded from the museum’s activities. His father had connections to Tom Pendergast, but some of Benton’s closest friends were involved in the overthrow of the Boss’ political machine.

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015

    The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

    Storytelling Spectacular
    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Program: 7 p.m.

    Koram, Burch, Lepp, and Loya return to the Truman Forum Auditorium for a grand storytelling finale. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration opens with a Friday Night Family Fun concert and a ghost-tales session. Saturday’s Storytelling Spectacular offers an array of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, and legends.
    Friday, November 6, 2015

    The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

    Storytelling Celebration
    Friday, November 6, 2015
    Programs: 6:30 and 7 p.m.

    Opening the evening is a Friday Night Family Fun family concert in the Kids’ Corner at 6:30 p.m., offering tales for all ages.

  • In a discussion of his new book, former Harvard Magazine deputy editor Craig Lambert examines the myriad small tasks we perform – from grocery store checkouts to filling our cars with gas – that others once did for pay. It comes at a cost.
    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Think about some of the little tasks you routinely perform. Scanning and bagging your own groceries. Filling your car with gas. Assembling the bedroom wardrobe you lugged home from IKEA.

    Craig Lambert calls it “shadow work” – things you take time to do for free, often via automated tools, that once were done by others for pay. In a discussion of his new book, the former Harvard Magazine deputy editor examines the roots and consequences of the modern-day phenomenon. There’s a cost in face-to-face human contact, in personal service, in entry-level jobs.

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