Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A now forgotten advertising slogan once proclaimed that Kansas City — proud of its “cowtown” heritage — was “where the steak is born.”

Local food critic Charles Ferruzza explores our town’s carnivorous proclivities, connecting the historical and cultural dots between the iconic Kansas City Stockyards, local steak joints, and the changing eating habits of the American people.

Ferruzza writes a weekly restaurant column for The Pitch, appears regularly on KCUR-FM and hosts the talk show “Anything Goes” on KKFI-FM.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Aristocratic and sophisticated, tasteful and discreet, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, ran the White House with a sure hand. But her reputation as a secular saint is misleading, says historian Lewis L. Gould, who among other things points to her virulent racism.

Gould taught history at the University of Texas at Austin until his retirement in 1998. Among his books are Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady and The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Best-selling urban fiction author Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses and reads from the latest novel in her popular series about the Rev. Curtis Black and his frequently dysfunctional family. Here the Reverend tries to win back his estranged son Matthew while dealing with long-hidden offspring Dillon, the result of a youthful dalliance.

Roby self-published her first book 17 years ago. She has written almost two dozen novels, among them The Perfect Marriage, Be Careful What You Pray For, Changing Faces, and Casting the First Stone. She is the winner of a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Incredibly wealthy individuals and corporations are radically redefining our electoral process in a way that, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy.

That’s the alarm raised by John Nichols in a discussion of his new exposé (co-written with Robert McChesney) of pay-to-play billionaires, election-buying corporations, activist judges who advance their agendas, and the media conglomerates that have blown off journalism for the sake of political advertising.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Emcee and vocalist Neil McIntyre (aka Mr. Kneeel), comes to town with a blend of hip-hop and beatboxing that’s both inspiring and fun.

McIntyre’s music is high energy and engaging and never insults a child’s intelligence. This is hip-hop that focuses on who kids are and what they enjoy.

Appropriate for all ages.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Isaac Burns Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his 44 percent overall win rate remains unmatched. In the late 1880s he was the highest-paid athlete in the United States. And he was an African American.

Pellom McDaniels III discusses his new biography of Murphy, whose life spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the adoption of Jim Crow legislation and who became an important figure not just in sports, but also in the social, political, and cultural consciousness of African Americans.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In 1982-83, William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, a chronicle of traveling America’s back roads, spent 42 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

Thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, Least Heat-Moon re-examines the making of the book in a discussion of Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened. He reflects on the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, and the depressing string of rejections by publishers.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Marine biologist Nancy Knowlton knows the wonders of our oceans and the weird and wondrous creatures that call it home. She also recognizes how ocean life is threatened by human activity and what is being done to turn the tide of destruction.

Knowlton’s talk is the kickoff event of Conserving Our Dynamic Planet, a series presented by the Smithsonian Institution and co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library.


Friday, May 30, 2014

The Doo-Dads, a kid-cool rock and roll band, was founded in 2002 by four friends, all fathers and veterans of the Kansas City music scene.

The band puts on a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert: fun, excitement, and . . . bubbles!

Appropriate for all ages.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read!! Let’s kick off the Summer Reading Program with a bang! Games, activities, crafts, snacks, and more! Join the North-East Branch Library and local community organizations in the library parking lot for this fun and festive event for the whole family!