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Format: 2016-05-25
Format: 2016-05-25
  • Decorated Kansas City magician Eric Vaughn delivers an interactive, enthusiastic – and just plain wacky – performance that keeps audiences simultaneously laughing and scratching their heads.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Eric Vaughn’s passion for magic started when he was 10 years old. He’s now one of the busiest magicians in the Midwest, keeping audiences laughing and scratching their heads at the same time with performances that are wacky, enthusiastic, interactive, and entertaining. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Shawn Murrey, Thomas Schmidt, and Brian Caponi, the three artists behind the Library’s new exhibition Measured Space, discuss their ambitious sculptural works, which explore philosophies relating to construction, technology, and place.
    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    The three artists behind the new exhibition Measured Space – on display in the Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery through May 22, 2016 – discuss their sculptural works, which explore philosophies relating to construction, technology, and place.

  • The Library and American Public Square continue their series of discussions of hot-button issues, examining what’s being done to ensure that local schools are helping students hit an important benchmark: reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Educators and researchers have long recognized the importance of mastering reading by the end of third grade. Students falling short often falter in later grades and are four times more likely than proficient readers to fail to graduate from high school on time.

    What’s being done and what more is needed, to insure that local schools are helping students make the grade? The Library and American Public Square address the questions in the latest in a series of mannerly discussions of local issues.

  • Young-adult fantasy fiction writer Cassandra Clare discusses her new book Lady Midnight and her phenomenally successful Shadowhunter Chronicles franchise, which has spawned a movie and a new TV series.
    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Cassandra Clare, creator of the internationally best-selling Mortal Instruments series, now towers as an author of young-adult fantasy fiction. She discusses her life, her award-winning career, and her new Shadowhunters novel, Lady Midnight, the first in a new series, The Dark Artifices – a sequel to the Mortal Instruments.

  • Harvard University’s Matthew Desmond discusses his new book, drawn from his two years spent with residents of poor neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He found eviction – residents’ removal from their homes – a sobering fact of life. And one with devastating consequences.
    Monday, March 14, 2016

    For two years, Harvard University social sciences professor Matthew Desmond embedded himself in two poor neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What he found was a sobering fact of life: One of the struggling residents’ biggest challenges was holding on to a place to live. Eviction was a persistent threat.

  • Continuing the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Welcome to Leith, which spotlights white supremacist Craig Cobb and his attempt to turn a tiny North Dakota town into an Aryan enclave.
    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Craig Cobb was already notorious before trying to take over Leith, North Dakota, and turn it into an Aryan enclave some three years ago. The struggle for control of the tiny hamlet culminated in the white supremacist’s arrest for intimidating its residents.

    As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Welcome to Leith, which chronicles the saga from the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest to his release from jail six months later (he eventually was placed on probation). The film touches on Cobb’s connection to Frazier Glenn Miller, who in 2014 killed three people outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

  • Kansas City-area performer Rockin Rob, who has been delighting and educating young audiences for more than 15 years, delivers an evening of music, movement, and magic.  Geared to 2- to 8-year-olds but appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Kansas City-area performer Rockin’ Rob educates and entertains with an original style of children’s music incorporating folk, a cappella, oldies, blues, freestyle, doo wop, gospel, and rock n’ roll. Geared to 2- to 10-year-olds but appropriate for all ages.

  • The University of Kansas’ Cote Smith joins novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell in a public conversation about Smith’s haunting debut novel, set in his hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas.
    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Cote Smith sets his debut novel in the prison town of Leavenworth, Kansas, drawing from his experiences growing up there. Hurt People revolves around two brothers, 9 and 11, and a stranger who befriends them at the same time the town is gripped by a convict’s escape. As the older boy and the charismatic stranger grow closer, the younger child detects danger and desperately tries to keep his brother from slipping away.

  • On the heels of the Kansas City Ballet’s first full production of Swan Lake, the Library screens the intense 2010 film revolving around the iconic ballet. Ballerina Tempe Ostergren and psychoanalyst David Donovan lead a subsequent discussion.
    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    The acclaimed 2010 film Black Swan offers a strange and terrifying interpretation of the dance world, revolving around a ballerina succumbing to the stress of her starring role and her conflicted feelings about her mother and demanding and seductive artistic director. Natalie Portman’s performance in the starring role earned a best-actress Oscar.

    On the heels of the Kansas City Ballet’s first full production of Swan Lake—perhaps the most recognized classical ballet of all time—at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Library revisits the psychologically searing film with a screening and subsequent discussion. Leading the conversation are ballerina Tempe Ostergren, in her fifth season with the Kansas City Ballet, and psychoanalyst David Donovan.

  • Biographer Arnold Rampersad discusses writer Langston Hughes and his relationship with a number of photographers who celebrated African American life. Among them: Gordon Parks, who based a series of photos on Hughes’ Shakespeare in Harlem.
    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Biographer Arnold Rampersad discusses Harlem Renaissance luminary Langston Hughes and his relationship with a number of photographers who celebrated African-American life and literary tradition. Among them: Gordon Parks, whom Hughes advised on a series of photos based on Hughes’ 1942 poetry collection Shakespeare in Harlem.

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