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Format: 2016-07-30
Format: 2016-07-30
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016

    This event has been canceled.

    Take Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors. Give it a modern, hip-hop flavor. And you get The Bomb-itty of Errors, a unique, clever, often laugh-out-loud musical adaptation that debuted off-Broadway in 1999.

  • Sean Gorman, known and reviled as pro wrestling’s Manager of Champions, details his fascinating life in a discussion of his memoir. It’s an intimate look inside an enterprise that blurs fantasy and reality – inside and quite often outside the ring.
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Author Sean Gorman has spent 20 years navigating wrestling circuits. Evolving from an introverted, small-town kid in New England into one of the loudest and "most hated" villains in all of wrestling. Gorman explains how he got his start in professional wrestling and how he became the "Manager of Champions" in a discussion of his memoir, Until We're Strangers Again.

  • In a discussion of her acclaimed book, Andrea Mays unspools the story of millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger – founder of the Shakespeare Folger Library – and his magnificent obsession with the First Folio, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays.
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature’s greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard’s death in 1616 and surviving copies are valued at upwards of $5-6 million today. Folger and his wife founded the Shakespeare Folger Library to house his volumes and other Shakespeare materials, and it now holds 82 of the 235 copies of the Folio known to still exist.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling in two interactive sessions offered by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Participants first are taught the basics of hand-to-hand combat and swordplay. In the second session, they modernize dialogue from Shakespeare’s plays and employ both that dialogue and their new sword fighting skills in enacting short scenes. Appropriate for teens.

  • The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film. Coriolanus (2011, R)
    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

    Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and casts himself in the lead role of Caius Martius, the banished Roman general who aligns with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city. Fiennes shot this brilliant adaptation in war-ravaged Serbia. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • Archivist and historian Mitchell Yockelson discusses his book, Forty-Seven Days, about the largest and bloodiest American campaign of World War I, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. It proved the mettle of U.S. troops and made Gen. John J. Pershing a hero.
    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    In the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army on the Western Front of World War I. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and helped bring the Great War to an end.

  • 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 21, 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.

  • 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.

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