The chamber music ensemble Summerfest celebrates its 20th season with the world premiere of a composition by Ian Coleman, in keeping with its concert-season theme "Voices from the Land: Reflections on Identity."
Coleman's compositions—including a setting of the Langston Hughes poem "Dreams"—have been featured globally in prominent concerts. He is a professor of music theory and composition at William Jewell College.
Veteran journalist James McCommons discusses his new book that is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism.
McCommons explores how the country may move passenger rail forward in America—and what role government should play in creating and funding mass-transportation systems. Against the backdrop of the nation’s stimulus program, he explores what it will take to build high-speed trains and transportation networks, and when the promise of rail will be realized in America.
Henry Adams unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the 20th century when he presents his book, Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.
Best-selling Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, discusses his latest novel,Beatrice and Virgil, on Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Beatrice and Virgil is about asuccessful writer named Henry who becomes discouraged when his book about the Holocaust, a "flip book" made up of a novel and an essay that can be read in any order, is rejected by publishers.
National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses The Last Stand, his new book about the Battle of Little Bighorn.
In his narrative, Philbrick sketches the two antagonists, Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer, and reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Philbrick evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with an archetypal story of the American West, which continues to haunt imaginations.
Kenneth H. Winn tells the seldom-heard story of Indian agent George Sibley and Ellen Lorr, whose failure to marry touched off a legal and political battle in early 1800s Missouri, on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Searching the Psyche through Cinema film series continues with Juno, a whip-smart comedy about the travails of teenage pregnancy. Ellen Page plays an independent-minded 16-year-old in search of the perfect adoptive parents for her child. As her due date nears, she learns tough lessons about relationships, love, and adulthood.