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Format: 2016-06-26
Format: 2016-06-26
  • Felicia Hardison Londré of the University of Missouri-Kansas City traces Shakespeare’s trajectory in America from colonial times – when his works were known on the page but not the stage – to today’s vast network of Shakespeare festivals.
    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Until the late 18th century, Shakespeare’s works were known in America only on the page – and not the stage. Felicia Hardison Londré, the Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, traces the Bard’s trajectory in this country from colonial times to today’s vast network of Shakespeare festivals. Her illustrated presentation explores, in part, the glory days of Shakespearean tours and the Bard’s popularity on the Western frontier.

    The event help celebrate a special upcoming exhibit, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. All related events are made possible by a generous contribution from the David W. Newcomer IV and Gene Ann Newcomer Family Foundation Fund in memory of Gene Ann’s brother, Professor John Klier.

  • The University of Kansas’ Marie-Alice L'Heureux discusses efforts after World War II to combat urban blight in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri – often at a cost to established neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, and sense of community.
    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Efforts to combat blight and “renew” Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, took off after the end of World War II, but the results were mixed. Visionary ideas often came at the expense of established neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, and a sense of community. Adding to the difficulty, the two cities had been always tied at the hip. Although the interests of the bordering municipalities aligned, their municipal, county, and state political structures divided them.

  • The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film. Richard III (1995, R)
    Sunday, March 20, 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.

    Director Richard Loncraine successfully relocates the story of the murderously scheming king to 1930, and Ian McKellan delivers a memorable performance in the title role. Also starring Annette Bening, the film drew Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • 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.

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