Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: Alexander Majors & the Course of the Nation

Speaker: Gary Hicks

Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Mr. Gary Hicks in a portrayal of Alexander Jackson Majors (1814-1900).


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More than 400 years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play. And yet his prose, plots, and characters are as alive today as they were in the late 16th and early 17th centuries – performed on stage in almost every language around the world, required reading for high school English students, and reimagined by filmmakers.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

While Shakespeare wasn’t a composer, he made his love of music apparent. Take Richard II, in which he writes, “How sweet sour music is, (w)hen time is broke and no proportion kept.”

Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the Bard’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces, joining onstage for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling.


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.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Civic leaders and digital literacy practitioners who are committed to ensuring that everyone in the community reaps the benefits of digitally-connected life will convene on May 20 at the Central Library for a morning of discussion, idea-generation and hands-on work.

Building on the success of 2014's Digital Inclusion Summit and 2015's Digital Inclusion Town Hall Meeting, Digital Inclusion KC 2016 will leverage our City’s newfound reputation as a leader in this area to introduce a framework for expanding our impact in the years ahead.


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’.


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.


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.


Monday, May 23, 2016

This free educational program explains Medicare in plain English. Tailor-made for those who will be turning 65 within the next few months. Reservations are not necessary, but a courtesy call will help with planning. 816-812-6507.


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.


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