Previous Special Events

Monday, March 5, 2012
6:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The documentary The Power of Two follows “Ana” and “Isa” Stenzel, twins born with cystic fibrosis who beat the odds to not only survive but thrive. Saved by lung transplants, the siblings now run half marathons, climb mountains, and work to improve access to transplant opportunities around the world.

Ana and Isa Stenzel will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jewish Community Center
5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park
RSVP: 913.327.8000

Published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth was quickly heralded as both a classic of children’s literature and as a modern fairy tale capable of seducing readers of all ages. Fifty years later it’s as delightful as ever. Writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer share stories about the creation of their landmark book and answer questions from the audience.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
10:00am @ Plaza Branch

Area high school students and their families receive an eyeful and an earful about design careers at the 2012 Design Futures High School Program.

This combined panel discussion/college fair is aimed at young people considering a future in the field. Design professionals talk about their specialties and representatives of colleges, universities, art schools, and design organizations hand out literature and answer questions.

The event is part of KC Design Week running Feb. 29 to March 7.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A panel of area composers discusses the enduring beauty and power of choral music. The next day – Saturday, March 3 – their latest works will premiere in a concert by Kansas City vocal ensemble Octarium at 7:30 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.

The March 3 concert is a spin-off of the “locavore” trend that encourages people to eat locally-grown food. In that spirit, Octarium seeks to perform locally-composed music.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by actor Robert Gibby Brand, on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. on the Lyric Opera set for Nixon in China in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

President Calvin Coolidge gets a bad rap, says author Amity Shlaes, who notes that under his leadership the economy grew at a rate of four percent annually, taxation was low, and the budget was balanced.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rebecca Solnit offers a guided tour of the Bay Area through her latest book, Infinite City, which reinvents the traditional atlas, expanding it from a mere collection of maps to a vibrant depiction of a city’s inner life.

Monday, February 27, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Angela Elam, host of the New Letters on the Air radio program, conducts a public conversation with novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard as part of the 2012 Writers at Work series.

Shepard has written six novels and four collections of stories including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which won the Story Prize and was nominated for a National Book Award. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues the sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances with Terrence McNally’s Master Class. The 2012 series, Women of the Years, features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.

This confrontational drama portrays opera diva Maria Callas as she conducts abusive one-on-one singing lessons with promising young students who are quickly disillusioned by their interactions with the once-great star.

Sunday, February 26, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The 28th Annual Shakespeare Competition encourages exploration of William Shakespeare’s works while developing students’ speaking and critical thinking skills.

Participants select, memorize, and present a Shakespeare monologue and sonnet. The prizes: $150, a full scholarship to the Shakespeare Exploration Advanced Camp, and a trip to the national competition in New York.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the English Speaking Union.

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