Previous Special Events

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City was historic – the last major U.S. political convention in which the presidential nomination was decided onsite. Days of debate, deals, and handshakes ended with incumbent Gerald Ford pulling out a narrow victory over former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, and the intense deliberations extended to the selection of Kansas Sen. Bob Dole as Ford’s running mate.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This time nearly a century ago, Kansas City was approaching what local historian Joelouis Mattox calls the "Gloomy Years" – a nearly four-decade period in which African Americans were subjected to bigotry and discrimination. They could not stay at “white” hotels and motels, eat at downtown restaurants, ride in Yellow taxis, or use Swope Park’s whites-only swimming pool or golf course. Only once a year were they granted admission to Fairyland Amusement Park at 75th and Prospect.

Sunday, July 17, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

For three hot, muggy days in August 1976, the country and much of the world focused on Kansas City and a scramble for delegates at the Republican National Convention. The battle in Kemper Arena between incumbent President Gerald Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan was the last time our country saw a presidential nomination decided at the convention, itself.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.

Friday, July 15, 2016

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

The Bard goes to boarding school in She’s the Man (PG-13, 75 min., 2006), a teenage Twelfth Night tale. Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her twin brother to make the soccer team; but things get complicated as she falls for a teammate (Channing Tatum).

Friday, July 15, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories traces back to a picnic table in Loose Park in the late 1970s, when Cliff Illig sat down with colleague Neal Patterson and sketched out the original plans for Cerner Corporation. They now head one of the largest and most innovative suppliers of electronic health record systems in the world, and have deepened their imprint on the region through ownership of soccer’s Sporting Kansas City and involvement in an array of civic, educational, and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Traditionalists might blanch, but for some, the identity of William Shakespeare is not positively decided.

They have trouble squaring the Bard’s works with the life of the presumed author from Stratford-upon-Avon, holding that only an aristocrat – which he was not – could have penned such elevated prose. But if he didn’t, who did? Felicia Hardison Londré, the Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is among those who point to Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a flamboyant courtier poet of the time and a theater and literary patron.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Rob Compton – aka award-winning St. Louis kids’ rocker Babaloo – delivers wacky tunes and antics that keep everyone energized and laughing. This is an all ages event.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On the eve of the 12th 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. Pizza and beer are served.

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