Previous Special Events

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Fountains delight our eyes and our ears with their beauty and calming effect. And in all the world, only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins conservator Paul Benson – who has often worked as a consultant in preserving and maintaining these watery jewels – delves into the stories behind some of our town’s most popular fountains.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Noah Feldman examines how four of FDR’s Supreme Court appointees – Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Robert Jackson – juggled rivalries, personality clashes, and individual approaches to constitutional thought to decide landmark cases on race, business and politics.

Feldman, professor of law at Harvard, has written about the Middle East, advised the writers of the new Iraqi constitution, and has been named one of “75 influential figures for the 21st century” by Esquire.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble continues its sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances with Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig. The 2012 series, Women of the Years, features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.

On her 54th birthday, Sara reconnects with her distant sisters, dispensing blunt advice for resolving their problems. But before it’s over the judgmental Sara will find her mind and heart pried open by her siblings.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to tap their creative energies and create masterpieces at the Westport Center for the Arts’ Team Up for Art this winter.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Local Investment Commission host the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee. The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 23, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Women’s History Month with a talented group of living history presenters who bring the past to life.

Join local storyteller Molly Postlewait and others for a journey through history and meet some of the amazing women who have shaped our nation. This event is appropriate for children in grades 2 – 12.

Co-sponsored by the Westport Center for the Arts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guy Gugliotta discusses his new book about the raising of the U.S. Capitol, a process steeped in irony.

Even as the majestic structure rose, the Union it represented was drifting toward Civil War. Among the historic characters in this drama was Jefferson Davis, a big supporter of the project – until he left Washington to become president of the Confederacy. (And the engineer in charge of construction, Montgomery Meigs, feuded bitterly with the architect, Thomas U. Walter).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Attica Locke discusses her novel Black Water Rising, set in Houston in the early 1980s. Former campus radical Jay Porter is now a lawyer running his practice out of a dingy strip mall. When he saves a woman from drowning, his act of heroism inadvertently opens a Pandora’s box of dangerous secrets that threaten the city’s corporate power brokers and place Jay at the center of a murder investigation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

James N. Giglio describes John F. Kennedy as “the most medicated, one of the most courageous, and perhaps the most self-absorbed of our presidents.” Giglio reveals the latest research on Kennedy’s presidency, from his deft handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis to his destructive sexual obsessions.

Giglio is a distinguished professor of history at Missouri State University and author of Debating the Kennedy Presidency.

Part of this year’s series on the U.S. presidency.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

On the 100th anniversary of the creation of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, John Tibbetts looks at the career of fantasy writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and the enduring popularity of his most iconic characters.

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