Event Archive

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Format: 2016-02-13
Format: 2016-02-13
  • Saturday, November 7, 2015

    The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

    Storytelling Spectacular
    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Program: 7 p.m.

    Koram, Burch, Lepp, and Loya return to the Truman Forum Auditorium for a grand storytelling finale. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration opens with a Friday Night Family Fun concert and a ghost-tales session. Saturday’s Storytelling Spectacular offers an array of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, and legends.
    Friday, November 6, 2015

    The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

    Storytelling Celebration
    Friday, November 6, 2015
    Programs: 6:30 and 7 p.m.

    Opening the evening is a Friday Night Family Fun family concert in the Kids’ Corner at 6:30 p.m., offering tales for all ages.

  • In a discussion of his new book, former Harvard Magazine deputy editor Craig Lambert examines the myriad small tasks we perform – from grocery store checkouts to filling our cars with gas – that others once did for pay. It comes at a cost.
    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Think about some of the little tasks you routinely perform. Scanning and bagging your own groceries. Filling your car with gas. Assembling the bedroom wardrobe you lugged home from IKEA.

    Craig Lambert calls it “shadow work” – things you take time to do for free, often via automated tools, that once were done by others for pay. In a discussion of his new book, the former Harvard Magazine deputy editor examines the roots and consequences of the modern-day phenomenon. There’s a cost in face-to-face human contact, in personal service, in entry-level jobs.

  • On what would be Will Rogers’ 136th birthday – the famed humorist was born in Indian Territory in Oklahoma on November 4, 1879 – author Amy Ware examines his Native American ancestry and its impact on his life and career.
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Will Rogers would joke that his ancestors didn’t come to America on the Mayflower but they “met the boat,” a wry reference to his family heritage. The most famous cowboy of the early 20th century was more than a quarter Cherokee, also making him the most famous American Indian of his time even if most in his vast audience didn’t know it.

  • David Chancellor, one of the world’s most decorated photographers, presents an illustrated talk about his work, which increasingly focuses on the complex relationship between man and wildlife and the commodification of animals on the African plains.
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    David Chancellor, one of the world’s most decorated photographers, has increasingly focused his attention on the complex relationship between man and wildlife, between the hunter and the hunted, and on the commodification of animals on the African plains. It’s a subject that burst into the news earlier this year, when a Minnesota dentist on an illegal hunt brought down a beloved lion in Zimbabwe.

    In conjunction with the Pictures of the Year International exhibit Visions of Excellence on display at the Library through November 29, the South Africa-based Chancellor presents an illustrated talk about his work – which most recently earned POYi’s Environmental Vision Award.

  • Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm – Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge – offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    RSVP: 816.701.3482

    Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

    Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.

  • Kansas City jazz star Angela Hagenbach offers a unique retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, pairing the music of John Coltrane with original, Alice-inspired lyrics, as part of the Great City | Great Read celebration of the book’s 150th anniversary.
    Monday, November 2, 2015

    SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE

    Kansas City jazz legend Angela Hagenbach leads a diverse ensemble cast in an original and unique retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. In this version, Alice explores Wonderland while accompanied by the music of John Coltrane (with original lyrics written by Hagenbach).

    Hagenbach presents a perfect pairing, matching the unexpected wonders of Carroll's imagination with the improvisational magic of Coltrane's bebop sax for a performance that will delight and entertain audiences of all ages.

    Known for interpretations of material by Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, Hagenbach has performed at the Kennedy Center and toured 17 countries as a Cultural Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. Since her debut album Come Fly with Me, she has earned critical praise for her mainstream jazz sensibilities from JazzTimes, L.A. Jazz Scene, and National Public Radio.

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   I’m Bored by  Michael Ian Black
    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Coterie Theatre artists read from comedian Michael Ian Black’s tongue-in-cheek book about a little girl who’s bored until meeting a talking potato that claims kids like her are, frankly, boring. She sets out to prove otherwise. Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Kansas City actor Robert Gibby Brand and wife Linda Ade Brand, the Lyric Opera’s director of education and community engagement, talk the night before Halloween about the original, creepy versions of Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and other favorite tales.
    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Chopped off toes. Chopped off thumbs. Hands grabbing your ankle and pulling you underwater. Fairy tales can be scary, which also is part of what makes them fun.

    Kansas City actor Robert Gibby Brand and wife Linda Ade Brand, the Lyric Opera’s director of education and community engagement, talk the night before Halloween about the original—and creepy—versions of the Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and other favorite fairy tales. Kids and parents can meet the water sprite, Rusalka, who wants to become “Part of Your World” like the mermaid Ariel. (Spoiler: sad ending.)

    Costumes are welcome. Treats are provided. Appropriate for ages 11 and up.

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