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.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Faith healer? Fraud? Or both?
The enigma that was Francis Schlatter emerged in the American West in the late 1800s. In looks, he resembled popular depictions of Jesus, and some said his very touch could heal everything from migraines and arthritis to blindness and cancer. Thousands flocked to him, first in Albuquerque and then in Denver, most hoping to be cured but some intent on exposing a man they were certain was a fake.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
From racist cartoons and spray-painted anti-Semitic symbols to protest chants and signs condemning gays, hate speech has a long and perplexing history in our country. It pits two deeply held American values, equality and free speech, against each other.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
With the new novel The Cosmopolitans by lesbian author and activist Sarah Schulman, the New York-based Feminist Press launches its Corrective Canon initiative aimed at broadening the scope of modern literature.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Irene Tinker helped compile and edit Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development, a collection of stories of 27 women from a dozen countries who have contributed to the global women’s movement. But she might have merited her own chapter in the book.
Saturday, August 27, 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.