Event Archive

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Format: 2016-07-25
Format: 2016-07-25
  • Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.
    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Artists across the United States and around the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best submitted works make up this unique and thought-provoking traveling exhibit.

  • Coloradan Neil McIntyre — aka Mr. Kneel — delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Coloradan Neil McIntyre—aka Mr. Kneel—delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun.
    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Dion Graham (HBO’s The Wire) headlines a special event, kicking off the fourth annual HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City. The presentation spotlights the inimitable sound of Shakespeare.
    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    From ancient times to today, people have loved nothing more than to listen to a well-told story, a tall tale, a good yarn. Indeed, the spirit of the bards of old continues to thrive.

  • In a discussion of his provocative book, Harvard University professor, humanist, and scientist Robert D. Putnam examines a troubling “opportunity gap” that he says is imperiling the American dream. Hard work brings less, if any, guarantee of success.
    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Central to life in the U.S. is the principle that ours is the land of opportunity. But over the last quarter-century, a disturbing “opportunity gap” has emerged. Hard work brings less, if any, guarantee of success, and acclaimed humanist and scientist Robert D. Putnam makes a case that the American dream is imperiled.

  • Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada at Reno, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare’s First Folio, discusses the Folio and his decades of research in identifying more than 200 copies of the rare volume.
    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    When librarians in a township in northern France began wondering late in 2014 whether their centuries-old book of Shakespeare’s works might be a rare copy of the First Folio, they put in a call one of the world’s greatest authorities on the subject. Eric Rasmussen traveled to St. Omer, examined the beat-up book, and made the verification.

  • Dramaturg Alyson Germinder opens a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of Twelfth Night, offering an informative introduction to the mistaken-identity comedy.
    Monday, June 6, 2016

    The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.

  • The Library serves as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The centerpiece: a 393-year-old copy of the First Folio
    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Nearly four centuries after its publication, one of the world’s rarest and most valuable books – the first collection of William Shakespeare’s plays – comes to Kansas City.

  • ’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    ’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.

  • Team Shakespeare, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s teen theatre troupe, performs arguably the Bard’s most enchanting comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
    Friday, June 3, 2016

    There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action.

  • The Central Library joins downtown KC’s monthly First Friday festivities with an open house spotlighting its two popular art galleries. Check out what the Library has to offer, and enjoy live music on the Rooftop Terrace featuring local band Ruddy Swain.
    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Begin your First Friday outing at the Library with two gallery stops, live music, and more!

    CHASING WEATHER
    Genevieve Guldner Gallery, 1st Floor
    The arresting, severe-weather photography of Stephen Locke is paired with the poetry of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

    SHAKESPEARE: SETTING THE STAGE
    Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery, 2nd Floor

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