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Format: 2016-08-30
Format: 2016-08-30
  • Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a singalong with the farmer we all know and love. Here, at his rhyming ranch, all kinds of animals can be found and fondly remembered.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a singalong with the farmer we all know and love.

    Paul Mesner Puppets will also be performing at the following branch locations:
    Tuesday, June 14 • 10 a.m. • Westport Branch, 118 Westport Rd.

    Wednesday, June 15 • 11 a.m. • Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence

    Thursday, June 16 • 2 p.m. • Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

    Friday, June 17
    • 10:30 a.m. • North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.

  • Erik Didriksen discusses and performs some of his best pop sonnets – classic songs reimagined as 14-line, iambic pentameter, Shakespearean sonnets – pulled from his Tumblr and his book Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs.
    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Erik Didriksen, a New York musician and Tumblr poet featured in Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, and the A.V. Club, has cleverly reimagined more than 100 classic pop songs as 14-line iambic pentameter Shakespearean sonnets.

  • Tina Packer, founder of one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the country, explores the Bard’s evolving understanding of femininity and subsequent growth of his female characters in a discussion of her book.
    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Early on, the women in Shakespeare’s works tended to be simple caricatures – shrews to be tamed or sweet little things with no discernible independent thought. As the great writer matured, however, his female characters did, as well. Take the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, whose inner thoughts and feelings were achingly revealed, who was every bit as courageous as Romeo and received equal billing in the title of the play.

  • Robert Willson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City discusses Twelfth Night and the Art of Comedy, continuing a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy.
    Monday, June 13, 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.

  • Join in an afternoon of Shakespeare-centric activities celebrating the First Folio’s visit to the Library. Learn stage combat. Make a trebuchet (a catapault) for launching soft projectiles at a Shakespearean target. Enjoy poetry readings, scene enactments, and more.
    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    The entire family can enjoy a celebratory afternoon of special, Shakespeare-centric activities. Learn the basics of stage combat. Make a trebuchet (a catapault) suitable for launching pom-poms or ping pong balls at a Shakespearean target. Or do some Mad Libbing. First Folio Family Fun also features poetry readings, soliloquies, short scene enactments, and Shakespeare on the screen in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault.

  • Author, photographer, and local historian Bruce Mathews opens the 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series with a discussion of Charles A. Smith, who planned more than 50 local schools and designed such landmarks as the Kansas City Club and Firestone Building.
    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Author, photographer, and local historian Bruce Mathews discusses Charles A. Smith’s work in the first installment of the Library’s 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series.

  • ’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 11, 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.

  • Concluding this season’s Indie Lens Pop-Up series, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary T-Rex. It chronicles Claressa “T-Rex” Shields’ journey from impoverished Flint, Michigan, to the Olympics and an historic gold medal in boxing. A discussion follows.
    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Claressa “T-Rex” Shields rose from impoverished Flint, Michigan, to a place in Olympic history, becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing in London in 2012. The Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary T-Rex (2015; NR), which chronicles her inspiring, against-the-odds story as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative.

  • 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.

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