Previous Special Events

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lost in Translation (2003) on September 27. While traveling in Tokyo, two Americans with nothing in common aside from insomnia (Scarlett Johansson and Murray, in his only Oscar nominated performance) paint the town red and form a close friendship in this surprisingly affecting film. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Rated R. (102 min.) 

Monday, September 27, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
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To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment in American political history, the Kansas City Public Library, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and the Truman Library Institute present The Great Debates Revisited. This series of programs during September-October 2010 features weekly screenings of the four televised match-ups plus introductory commentary by expert speakers and follow-up Q&A sessions. The Great Debates Revisited also includes book discussion groups on Theodore H. White's The Making of the President 1960 led by former area mayors as well as Hollywood films examining the lives and legacies of Kennedy and Nixon. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) on September 25. An American tourist (Murray) in London lands in the middle of a very real espionage operation that he mistakes for some form of audience participation theater. With Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, and Alfred Molina. Rated PG. (94 min.)  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Author Jonathan Franzen discusses his new book Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Bestselling author Terry McMillan discusses her latest novel Getting to Happy, the follow-up to Waiting to Exhale.

The story revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin as each woman comes to a crossroads in their life, 15 years after the events of the previous book. Their challenges are many, including addiction and self-delusion, as they learn to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Groundhog Day (1993) on September 20. A modern classic starring Murray as a sarcastic weatherman who is forced to relive the worst day of his life—until he gets it right. With Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. Rated PG. (101 min.)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Missouri natives Mark Twain and Thomas Hart Benton were kindred spirits who found inspiration in Missouri’s people, places, and practices.

On Sunday, September 19, at 2 p.m., Joan Stack explores Benton’s illustrations for special editions of Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the late 1930s and 1940s. The program will be held at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Saturdays at Central series continues with an exciting performance from Kiersten Hallin, also known as Magic Mama.

Magic Mama’s music is described as “organic hip-hop” that is fun for the whole family. Through her music, she delivers an empowering and hope-filled message of love and respect for all and inspires creative thinking and earth-friendly actions.

Friday, September 17, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series, presenting a cross section of his favorite films called EbertfestKC.

In The Band’s Visit, a touring band comprised of members of an Egyptian police force becomes lost in a small Israeli town, bringing together two cultures for a memorable yet unimportant evening. Ebert’s review: “The movie avoids what we might expect, a meeting of the minds, and gives us instead a sharing of quiet desperation.” In English, Arabic, and Hebrew, with subtitles.

Friday, September 17, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Friday Night Family Fun series hosts St. Louis kids’ rocker Babaloo to perform his one-man musical comedy act for kids of all ages. Be ready for a high-energy, over-the-top, fun-filled experience with lots of shouting and singing, dancing and stomping, magic and mayhem, bean-bag-bopping, bubble-popping, and bucket-beating. Babaloo will do whatever it takes to keep everyone energized and laughing!