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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nazi Germany’s defeat of France in May and June 1940 stunned the world. How could the French, the dominant military power of the First World War, collapse so rapidly in the opening stages of World War II? Was it Germany’s boldness, advanced tank technology, and modern doctrine? Or did France’s internal societal weaknesses lead to the Third Republic’s humiliating end?

Marking the 75th anniversary of the fall of France, Mark Gerges of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the key military actions of this critical period as well as the myths that continue to surround this momentous French defeat.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This year’s Art in the Loop project infuses downtown with a variety of performances and installations by 20 Kansas City artists.

As the four-month series ramps up, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and creative educator currently living and working in Kansas City through the Charlotte Street Foundation’s studio residency program.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Join popular Kansas City entertainer Dino O’Dell in a dual celebration – a release party for his first book, Zar and the Broken Spaceship, and a day-after commemoration of World UFO Day.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact, or call 816.701.3468.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Join a top secret mission to find the perfect pet; not all animals make good pets. With a large variety of exciting and interactive programs, the Zoomobile brings the world of the wild to you.

Appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Surveys show that the percentage of Americans with libertarian leanings—preferring to maximize individual rights and minimize the role of government—has grown by a third in the past decade.

Libertarianism has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz has written the definitive guide. In a discussion of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, an updated version of his classic Libertarianism: A Primer, he examines a movement that has gained momentum in the wake of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, chronic budget deficits, the costly war on drugs, expansion of executive-branch power, and revelations about National Security Agency abuses.

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.