Tuesday, August 9, 2016
One prominent theologian calls Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church “arguably the most obnoxious Protestant congregation in American religious history.” It is known for its “God Hates” slogan and all-be-damned picketing of funerals, scenes of national tragedy, and other sites and occasions of church members’ choosing.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
It's not just bullies in the schoolyard that should worry us. Charles Derber and Yale Magrass point to a larger, more systemic problem with aggression and intimidation – waged by corporations, by Congress, by our military.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Celebrate all things LEGO®. Meet a LEGOLAND Discovery Center character, see if you can stump master model builder Joe Nunnick in a five-minute building contest, and test your skills in other LEGO challenges.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
From his professional acting debut on an early TV game show – for which he accepted a fishing rod as payment – Robert Redford grew into a Hollywood icon, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 30 greatest actors of all time. He’s an Oscar-winning director, to boot.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Our mystery play, "The Chicago Caper" is set in the late 1920's in a Chicago speakeasy, replete with flappers, men in pinstripes and jazz! Come join in and watch the fun - it'll be the 'bee's knees'!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Two of the world’s leading writers of epic fantasy – Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness, Protector of the Small) and Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage trilogy) – join Library Director of Programming Steven Woolfolk for a discussion of their work and the evolution of the fantasy genre.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Fifty-plus years after the creation of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, much progress has been made for women in the workplace. But inequalities remain.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Kansas City remembers Charles O. Finley, the unconventional owner of baseball’s Athletics when they made their home here in the ’60s, for parading a mule as a mascot, delivering game balls via mechanical rabbit, and outfitting his teams in bright green and gold. That, and jilting KC in 1968 for Oakland.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady are off and running with a lively program of circus skills, funny fables, and audience participation. Enjoy a mime baseball game, juggling, and even a look at America’s favorite sport – running for president.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.
In 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13, 97 min., 1999), a retake of Taming of the Shrew, high school student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with lovely sophomore Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but he finds she’s forbidden from dating until her rebellious and unpopular older sister Katarina (Julia Stiles) has a boyfriend first. So a plan emerges to set up Kat with school bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in order to clear the way for the younger couple’s romance.