Previous Special Events

Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In conjunction with the world-premiere of “The Darwin Project,” an upcoming co-presentation of The Friends of Chamber Music and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, British scientist Andrew Berry demystifies the most important and misinterpreted of all biological ideas: evolution. A lecturer in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Berry’s research is dedicated to finding evidence of Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection at the DNA level.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Public art inspires dialogue, provides visual appeal, and engages its viewers. This panel, moderated by Porter Arneill, public art administrator for Kansas City includes Jacqueline Chanda, president, Kansas City Art Institute; Julian Zugazagoitia, chief executive officer, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and Mike Burke, King Hershey, P.C., and member Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.

Co-sponsored by Art in the Loop, Downtown Council and Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The third installment in the series that focuses on local entrepreneurs features Mary Carol Garrity, founder of Nell Hill’s and one of today’s most sought-after lifestyle mavens.

After establishing Nell Hill’s in an old bank building in Atchison, Kansas, in 1981, Garrity’s company has become a decorating trend-setter thanks in part to Garrity’s elegant, yet practical tips on everything from holiday decorating to stylish ways to entertain at home.

Garrity has opened a Nell Hill’s at Briarcliff Village in Kansas City, North.


Monday, October 10, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Hindu and the Cowboy, produced by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, is a one-act play inspired by stories of area residents, giving voice to people while bringing forward the experiences that shaped their lives.

The play follows the lives of a Muslim student and his reaction to post-9/11 hatred, a Shawnee cowboy and his grasp on family prairie land, and a Jewish woman and her daring act at Auschwitz.

Co-sponsored by Saint Andrew Christian Church and the Kansas City Festival of Faiths.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

On May 22, 2011, a massive EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, killing 159 people and injuring countless others.

Reporters Eric Adler and Laura Bauer of The Kansas City Star discuss Joplin 5:41, a new book chronicling the newspaper’s coverage of the devastating tornado.

The book celebrates the heroic efforts of Joplin residents and the thousands of volunteers who rushed to the scene to begin the healing. All royalties from sales of the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund.


Sunday, October 9, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Hindu and the Cowboy, produced by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, is a one-act play inspired by stories of area residents, giving voice to people while bringing forward the experiences that shaped their lives.

The play follows the lives of a Muslim student and his reaction to post-9/11 hatred, a Shawnee cowboy and his grasp on family prairie land, and a Jewish woman and her daring act at Auschwitz.

Co-sponsored by Saint Andrew Christian Church and the Kansas City Festival of Faiths.


Friday, October 7, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The 2011 Big Read and Kansas City Ballet present a night of classic games from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Cast members from the Ballet’s performance of Tom Sawyer teach children how to play the classic games.

The event is appropriate for all ages.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Central Standard, the award-winning KCUR morning program, hosts a variety show to commemorate the one year anniversary of its inception.

Since replacing the legendary Walt Bodine Show Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning in October 2010, Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall and producer Andrea Silenzi have rapidly developed a strong, eclectic following in the area by exploring the different worlds within Kansas City.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Faced with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln deemed the loyalty of the border slave states crucial to the preservation of the Union. But while most scholars contend that these states were secure by the end of 1861, award-winning historian William C. Harris argues in Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

American Library Association President Molly Raphael explains why current social and economic conditions are forcing libraries of all types to change rapidly in order to survive.

How can libraries be positioned not just to survive but to thrive? What difficult choices will have to be made in the next few years so that patrons continue to value the services libraries provide? How can libraries ensure that they are seen as both essential for learning and for life in the communities they serve?


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