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Format: 2016-06-28
Format: 2016-06-28
  • The Library’s annual Off-the-Wall film series presents a Bard-themed batch of movies with offbeat takes on Shakespeare’s plays. Bring ye olde blankets and folding chairs to the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library and enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema.
    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

    The Library’s 2016 Off-the-Wall film series kicks off with Strange Brew (PG, 90 min., 1983), an interpretation of Hamlet on hops. The Canadian McKenzie brothers (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) discover something is rotten in the Elsinore Brewery, don’cha know?

  • Kick off the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program with Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove. His high-energy, interactive show gets the whole family swingin’.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Kick off the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program with Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove. This high-energy, interactive show gets the whole family swingin’.

  • Amid humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and debate in the U.S. about how to address them, a panel of Kansas City-area faith leaders discuss religious teachings and traditions and whether they could – or should – guide national policy.
    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Amid humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and debate in the U.S. about how to address them, a panel of Kansas City-area faith leaders discuss religious teachings and traditions and whether they could or should guide national policy.

  • Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and actors with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival collaborate for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling, melding Shakespeare’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces.
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    While Shakespeare wasn’t a composer, he made his love of music apparent. Take Richard II, in which he writes, “How sweet sour music is, (w)hen time is broke and no proportion kept.”

    Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the Bard’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces, joining onstage for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling.

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Joan FitzPatrick Dean discusses the enduring appeal of Shakespeare in America, attributable in part to an attention to love, sex, and marriage that was revolutionary in the Bard’s time.
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    More than 400 years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play. And yet his prose, plots, and characters are as alive today as they were in the late 16th and early 17th centuries – performed on stage in almost every language around the world, required reading for high school English students, and reimagined by filmmakers.

  • The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.   Suitable for grades 3 - 12.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.



  • In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.

  • Continuing the Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Peace Officer. It examines the issue of police and SWAT firepower and tactics through the eyes of a former Utah county sheriff whose son-in-law was killed in a standoff.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.

  • Theatre professionals from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offer a two-hour workshop exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare's plays.   Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

    This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.


  • Only 235 copies of the First Folio, the first printed collection of Williams Shakespeare’s plays, are known to survive today. University of Kansas professor Jonathan P. Lamb explores and explains the mystique of the nearly 400-year-old book.
    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?

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