Previous Special Events

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bill Braniff discusses the terrorist threat faced by the United States and explains how close examination of the environments in which terrorist organizations operate is crucial to understanding the global Salafi-jihadi movement on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee discusses his career and the writing life as part of the Writers at Work series on Monday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, March 28, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Sunday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., DEBATE-Kansas City (DKC) allows students participating in School Board Sound Off to ask questions of candidates running for seats in the upcoming Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education election in School Board Sound Off.

DKC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing urban Kansas City students the opportunity to hone their skills in debating, works to increase civic engagement by connecting students to important issues.


Friday, March 26, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of music.

The band consists of Gary, a pianist, singer, and songwriter, and his wife, Yvette, a theater and cabaret singer. Inspired by the antics of their 3-year-old son, Max, the Negbaurs composed 15 songs for and about him that are relatable to children and parents alike.


Thursday, March 25, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey will discuss her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Author Roy Morris explains how Samuel Clemens’ six-year journey from Missouri to Hawaii – with lengthy stopovers in Virginia City, Nevada, and San Francisco – resulted in his literary emergence as Mark Twain on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

In 1891, Siegmund Harzfeld and the Parisian Cloak Company introduced a new era of commerce and fashion to the residents of Kansas City. The ready-to-wear movement arrived at his flagship Harzfeld’s location along Petticoat Lane, which later expanded its reach through a regional network of satellite stores.

Joe and Michele Boeckholt trace Harzfeld’s fashions with archival photographs and memorabilia. They are authors of Harzfeld’s: A Brief History. They are both graphic designers living in the Kansas City area.


Sunday, March 21, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Searching the Psyche through Cinema continues with the Oscar-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that unfolds through the eyes of a precocious tomboy who struggles with prejudice even as her father stands against racial persecution.

The post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Sue Russell, Ph.D., and Dan Winter, executive director of the Western Missouri and Kansas ACLU. Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.


Friday, March 19, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Adam Miller performs Singing Through History, a collection of folk music classics.

Miller is renowned for his extensive repertoire of more than 5,000 traditional and contemporary folk songs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages.

A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folk songs.