Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

On the eve of the 11th annual KC Fringe Festival – an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues – some of its hottest acts deliver a special preview.

From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival features an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Fest drew an estimated total attendance of nearly 19,000.


Friday, July 10, 2015

The Oklahoma City duo of Chris “Boom” Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin—aka the Sugar Free Allstars—offers a rock and roll party for kids and grownups alike. Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Local author, educator, and historian William Worley discusses the New York Life Insurance Building (20 W. 9th St.). Regarded as Kansas City’s first skyscraper and its first building equipped with elevators, today it serves as the Catholic Center for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The 2015 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

From Hyde Park to Westwood, Troostwood to Crestwood, Sunset Hill to Center City, Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhoods boast a unique charm born of their development as the streetcar suburbs of an expanding city. In a discussion of her new book, Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods, Mary Jo Draper of the Midtown KC Post uses vintage photos in examining the history and character of the area stretching from 31st to 55th streets and State Line to The Paseo.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lyndon Johnson had the misfortune of following the handsome, martyred John F. Kennedy into the White House and then miring his country in
Vietnam. Driven, compulsive, occasionally crude, he was an easy target for his many critics.

He also was the architect of a lasting economic and social revolution, pushing through Medicare, the Voting Rights Act, and other reforms as part of an ambitious Great Society agenda that reached high tide 50 years ago. Joseph A. Califano Jr., Johnson’s chief aide for domestic affairs from 1965-69 and later Secretary of Health Education and Welfare in the Carter administration, delivers an inside look at our 36th president in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years. The New York Times Book Review says “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory,” while The Washington Post calls it “a joy to read [and] of what anecdotes.”


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Matthew Christopher has spent the past decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has known: our own. The Pennsylvania photographer catalogues abandoned structures in pictures and words, lending a haunting beauty to factories, theaters, churches, and prisons now vacant and left to the elements and vandals. They are places that once helped define communities’ identities.

Christopher, who features the images in his new book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, discusses his work and its underlying importance. “I am dismayed,” he says, “at the prevailing blindness … that prizes a handful of nails or pottery fragments from an early colonial settlement but ignores sites that are still above ground and critical to preserving the accounts of accomplishments and missteps over the last century.”


Friday, July 17, 2015

Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a veggie-centric love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry, and have a beautiful daughter, Rapunzel. Enter an evil witch, a foreboding tower, and a handsome prince. Of course, our heroes leave happily ever alfalfa. Appropriate for all ages.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Coinciding with the final three days of the KC Fringe Festival, the YOUth Fringe Festival delivers activities and performances by youth for youth – starting with a variety of Friday Night Family Fun acts by the 12-and-under set.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Labyrinth, a girl (Jennifer Connelly) braves a magical maze of muppets to rescue her baby brother from a glam-rock Goblin King (David Bowie.)


Sunday, July 19, 2015

In July 1974, an estimated 100,000 members—and probably more—of the Woodstock generation descended on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia for a weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Amid the sweltering heat and the sounds of such popular bands as the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and REO Speedwagon, they effectively overwhelmed the beleaguered town.

While considered the era’s “forgotten festival,” the episode still stirs both hard feelings among locals and fonder memories for its (then) youthful concertgoers.