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Format: 2014-04-24
Format: 2014-04-24
  • Drawing from official case files, the National Archives’ Jake Ersland explores the murderers, mob bosses, anarchists, bootleggers, and thieves – many from Kansas City – who have done time at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.
    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    Murderers. Mob bosses. Anarchists. Bootleggers. Thieves. They’ve all found a home at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, regarded for many years as the ultimate high-security prison.

    Now their stories are told by the National Archives’ Jake Ersland in an exploration of the Archives’ “Record Group 129,” the inmate case files for the Leavenworth penitentiary. Ersland gives an illustrated lecture on the history of these valuable research files and the untold stories they contain, many with a Kansas City connection.

  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    An American in Paris (1951)
    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    The most famous movie about Paris was shot in Culver City, California. Indeed, An American in Paris sums up Hollywood in its Golden Era: Why bother with the real and true when the make-believe is so much more satisfying? This joyous celebration of music and dance ultimately becomes high art when, in its audacious final 16 minutes, it delivers a dazzling wordless ballet that brought out the best in choreographer/star Gene Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli.

  • Join vocalist and storyteller Brother John – performing as hepcat MC "Carr Mel Brown" – as he pays tribute to the the golden age of swing Jazz.     The program is appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, February 14, 2014

    Join vocalist and storyteller Brother John as he pays tribute to the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne in an exploration of the golden age of swing jazz.

  • This all-day event explores the future of ultra-high-speed Internet with demonstrations of gigabit products, a panel discussion, and group breakouts that explore how gigabit apps could impact regional issues.
    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    The installation of ultra-high-speed Google Fiber internet service in Kansas City is well underway. But what will it mean to residents day to day on a practical level?

    That question will be addressed in an event exploring the future of hyper-fast internet applications and the innovations spurred by its implementation here.

  • Author David O. Stewart discusses his new novel offering an alternative history of the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Was John Wilkes Booth truly the mastermind or were other more powerful forces pulling the strings?
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Was John Wilkes Booth truly the mastermind behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the plot to murder other members of his administration, or were other more powerful forces pulling the strings behind the scenes?

    Blending real and fictional characters, lawyer-turned-author David O. Stewart commemorates Lincoln’s Birthday with a discussion of his new work of historical fiction, The Lincoln Deception. Superbly researched and brilliantly plotted, this thoroughly gripping mystery explores one of the nation’s darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history.

  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock.  Rear Window (1954; NR)
    Sunday, February 9, 2014

    A free series of films by Alfred Hitchcock who used film to explore his own neuroses and phobias, in the process revealing the psychological complexities we all share.

    Often cited as one of Hitchcock’s finest films, Rear Window may also be his most fully realized and psychologically intriguing. A photographer (James Stewart), confined to his Greenwich Village apartment with a broken leg, uses his telephoto lens to spy on the lives of his many neighbors. This meditation on voyeurism turns deadly when the snoop uncovers evidence of a murder. Grace Kelly makes her first appearance in a Hitchcock movie.

  • Kids’ magician Tommy Terrific celebrates the great trumpeter, singer, and jazz pioneer, Louis Armstrong.   The program is appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, February 7, 2014

    Magician Tommy Terrific celebrates the great trumpeter, singer, and jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong and performs magic tricks inspired by his most popular songs, including “Hello, Dolly!” and “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

  • The Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continue the eighth season of Script-in-Hand performances, this year focusing on classic comedies.
    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    Among the most-performed comedies of the 20th century, Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway hit is about two recently divorced men – the slob sportswriter Oscar Madison and the neat, uptight Felix Ungar – who become unlikely roommates in a New York City apartment. The play spawned a hit movie (with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau), a long-running TV series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall) and even a stage adaptation that turned Felix and Oscar into women named Florence and Olive.

    The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre performs its eighth season of Script-in-Hand – a series of classic comedies called Exit Laughing.

  • Kid rocker, Krista Eyler, performs a concert displaying her unique blend of soul-inspired, bluesy, family-friendly music.     Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Kid rocker Krista Eyler performs a concert displaying her unique blend of soul-inspired, bluesy, family-friendly music.

    This program is appropriate for all ages.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews civil rights advocate Alvin Sykes about the role libraries have played in his work, his appointment as the 2013 scholar in residence, and the publication of the biographical monograph Pursuit of Truth.
    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    As a self-taught human rights worker who relies on local libraries for his primary research, the Kansas City Public Library's 2013 scholar in residence Alvin Sykes works with the justice system on behalf of minorities and the poor.

    In a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III, Sykes talks about testifying before Congress, bending the ears of politicians, and his role in creating the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which gives the U.S. Department of Justice the means to investigate long-ago cases of civil rights violations.