Thursday, September 2, 2010
Author and former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias discusses his new mystery novel Danse Macabre, the second book featuring violin pedagogue and amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.
When beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon, his young African- American rival is tried and ultimately sentenced to death, in part due to Jacobus’ testimony. As evidence surfaces that the wrong man was convicted, Jacobus is dragged back into the case and sets out to discover the truth.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Katie Armitage explores how survivors of Quantrill’s Lawrence Raid rebuilt their lives, their town, and memorialized their experiences.
William Clarke Quantrill’s Missouri guerrillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863, killing 180 men. Women lost husbands, children lost fathers, and fathers lost sons. The survivors who remained were determined to rebuild. Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) grew into major institutions.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Rosemary Herbert discusses A New Omnibus of Crime, a collection of short stories she co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman, the award-winning author best known for his Navajo Police mystery novels, on Thursday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Restaurateur Carl DiCapo tells the history of Kansas City’s iconic eatery, Italian Gardens, on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series, presenting a cross section of his favorite films called EbertfestKC.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday Night Family Fun presents a special Mad Science show: Bugs, Habitats, and Hives Oh My!
Children will be introduced to all kinds of fun and zany experiments revolving around our insect friends as they witness amazing “Ant-ics”, take part in a queen bee game, and learn about insect defenses and the different habitats where our many-legged friends live.
The event is co-sponsored by Powell Gardens in conjunction with its Big Bugs exhibit running through October 3.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Filmmaker Gary Jenkins presents Negroes To Hire, a documentary on slavery in Missouri based on American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936-38. The film features commentaries by scholars Jimmy Johnson, Diane Mutti Burke, Antonio Holland, and Harriet Frazier. The screening will be followed by a discussion including Jenkins, Johnson, and Kevin Wilmott, associate professor at KU.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Former Kansas City Star editor Laura Hockaday shares historical and personal anecdotes attributed to two Star legends, founder and publisher William Rockhill Nelson and founder of The Star’s women’s news department Nell Snead on Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The Saturdays at Central series hosts yo-yo extraordinaire Brent Dellinger in a high-energy, fast-paced performance set to music.
Dellinger will do complicated tricks such as free-hand, double-hand, and off-string – throwing the yo-yo up in the air and catching it by the string. Children are encouraged to bring their own yo-yos or they may purchase Dellinger’s own brand.
There will be time for questions and some brief instruction for beginners at the end of the performance.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
John T. Fleming III, executive vice president of Black Educational Events, discusses the state of historically black colleges and universities on Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch 4801 Main St.