Events: anytime, Plaza Branch, all ages

Friday, May 6, 2016

Students from Community School #1 perform poems and songs from the album Free to Be…You and Me, compiled by Marlo Thomas in 1972. This empowering event encourages children to think about endless possibilities and unleash their creativity.


Monday, May 9, 2016

U.S. policy on Israel has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and America’s strong commitment to Israeli security. Their ties are so close today that, when differences arise, they tend to make news. But that wasn’t always the case.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Incentives of various types are widely offered to encourage and promote economic development – a point of competition and controversy in a years-long “border war” between Missouri and Kansas.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.


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

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.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Take Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors. Give it a modern, hip-hop flavor. And you get The Bomb-itty of Errors, a unique, clever, often laugh-out-loud musical adaptation that debuted off-Broadway in 1999.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

When her daughter was born nearly four months premature, Deanna Fei confronted a shattering question: Had she delivered a child or lost one? Over months in the hospital, Fei held the hand of her tiny baby as she fought for life inside a glass box. Then, a year after bringing the child home, the CEO of her husband’s company publicly blamed the medical bills of the beautiful, now-thriving little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price tag to her life.


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