Previous Special Events

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

David Israel Litan made his living in the oil business, but art was his passion and his gift. His lithographs portraying scenes of Kansas and aspects of Jewish life and faith sold widely throughout the Sunflower State during his lifetime, most of which was spent in Wichita.

The artist’s son, Robert Litan, noted economist and senior executive at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discusses his father’s art and faith.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Edward T. Matheny, Jr., a civic leader who graduated from Southwest High School in 1940, takes a fond look back at the proud past of his alma mater. Matheny is the author of two books on the history of Southwest High School: The Rise and Fall of Excellence and Once More with Feeling.

Sunday, January 29, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The annual Searching the Psyche through Cinema series returns for an examination of the most deliberately neurotic American filmmaker, Woody Allen.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a black comedy that interweaves two stories – one deadly serious and another that is often funny, though both end in sadness. It is perhaps Allen’s most successful blend of comedy and drama. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Martin Landau and Alan Alda. Rated PG-13. (104 min.)

Saturday, January 28, 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.

Friday, January 27, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate the birthday of Loula Long Combs – the famous equestrienne daughter of Kansas City’s Robert and Ella Long – with cake, punch, and a special performance of The Long Story of Corinthian Hall by the Paul Mesner Puppets.

Explore the lives of the illustrious Long family through the creative animation of the Paul Mesner Puppets and watch as the puppets build the Long’s magnificent home, Corinthian Hall, on Gladstone Boulevard. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

University of Pennsylvania historian Stephanie McCurry offers a new interpretation of the Confederacy that contends the South sowed the seeds of its demise in creating a regime that excluded white women and slaves, which together comprised a majority of the population.

Confederate Reckoning was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History. McCurry’s talk is the keynote address for the Richard D. McKinzie Research Symposium.

Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of History.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Richard B. Frank examines the new international scholarship on the first five years of China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan from 1937-42.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre returns for the sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances. The 2012 series, Women of the Years, features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
7:00am @ Plaza Branch

An initiative of Kansas City’s leading business organizations, The Gigabit Challenge solicited business plans from technology entrepreneurs seeking to use Kansas City’s upcoming Google Fiber network to get their businesses off the ground.

Conducted from October 1 – November 18, 2011, the contest drew 113 submissions from around the globe. In this daylong session, finalists will present their business plans before a live audience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The artistic team from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer discusses their new and imaginative staging of Mark Twain’s literary classic, celebrated this past fall during The Big Read. Actors will perform a well-known scene from the novel, and the creative team will discuss the unique process of adapting literature into exciting theatre.

Described by The New York Times as “near perfect,” the script for this production was written by award-winning playwright Laura Eason.

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