For nearly three decades, journalist and educator John Tibbetts — an associate professor of film studies at the University of Kansas — has enlivened his interviews with Hollywood stars and filmmakers by creating watercolor portraits of his subjects. Invariably, his interviewees sign the paintings, leaving Tibbetts with a unique collection of personal art and famous autographs.
Before and during the Civil War, Confederate guerrillas – men like William Clarke Quantrill, “Bloody Bill” Anderson, and Frank and Jesse James – battled federal troops and Jayhawker irregulars along the Missouri-Kansas border.
That brutal era comes to life in Guerrillas in Our Midst, an original exhibit of drawings and photographs from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections. It covers not only the war but also its aftermath, when former bushwhackers like the James brothers turned to outlawry.
The newest exhibition of the Orval Hixon Gallery, New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon, is on display from June 11, 2011 through 2013 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The exhibit features a rich selection of Hixon’s portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.
This event has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in the Kansas City Friday night and into Saturday morning.
A second event arranged by the Honorary Consul of South Africa and the South African community of Kansas City will continue as planned (weather permitting). That program will take place at:
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
13th & Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
The honorary consul of South Africa and the South African community of Kansas City present a Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela.
The tribute to Mandela — who passed away December 5, 2013 — features the South African National Anthem sung by the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir as well as remarks on President Mandela from Surendra Bhana, professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas; Lebert Shultz, honorary consul for South Africa; and other members of the South African community of Kansas City.
Celebrate the debut of the second Hobbit movie with your friends at the Plaza Library. Games and activities will be provided while we watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Find your Hobbit name, build and decorate Hobbit feet and much more. This program is designed for teens age 12-17.
Paul Muni was one of the great actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a chameleonic performer who created his own distinctive makeup and specialized in depicting real-life individuals on the screen.
Today, though, few moviegoers are familiar with the work of this Oscar-winning master. The Library’s December film series will correct that by featuring titles in which Muni plays a gangster, a convict, a famous scientist, and a great French writer.