Previous Special Events

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The 2011 Corinthian Hall lecture addresses minority heritage and a museum’s mission, capacity, and duty in this arena.

Nuestra Herencia Americana (Our American Heritage) features Daniel Serda and his findings on immigration, discrimination, and preservation of Hispanic culture. Following Serda’s presentation, Gene Chavez discusses the social and political dynamics that shape how majority and minority communities co-exist and thrive.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry series, poet Ada Limón presents This Big Fake World, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize.

The narrative revolves around a man in a grey suit (the hero), a traveling businessman in an unsatisfying marriage. Limón’s “story in verse” proves that the hero, his friend (Lewis the drunk) and a woman at a hardware store can remind us “that we have all come out of basic need, /some gnawing thing, some hunger.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Australian motivational speaker and personal trainer M.D. “Dorsal” Finn discusses his book, The Vulture Perspective, which has been billed a “self-help book for the average Joe six-pack.”

Finn considers the book to be an instructional manual for the game of life. He seeks to help men (and women) find the answers to all of life’s big questions and covers subjects ranging from choosing a partner to living a balanced life to careers, success, and wealth.

Finn recently published his second book, The Female Vulture Perspective.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage.

Dramatic story time programs take place at the Plaza Branch one Sunday a month throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Location: Community Garden at 51st and Main

Perhaps the most memorable scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is “The Glorious Whitewasher” from Chapter Two, in which Tom convinces his friends that it is great fun to paint a fence. Tom makes a solid argument: “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two-time Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston performs at the piano and discusses his latest work, Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts, commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Serving as the inspiration for this Big Read, the ballet is based on the classic Mark Twain novel and is making its world premiere in October 2011 as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ grand opening.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Author and former Kansas City resident Justin Martin discusses his latest book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, a biography of the renowned landscape architect, early environmentalist, and abolitionist.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fourth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, the chivalrous planter, white-columned mansions, and even bolls of cotton. But what if this constructed nostalgia for the Old South was actually manufactured by outsiders?

Sunday, August 28, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Bike trails, playground equipment, picnic areas, and beautiful flowers — these items (and more)are often found in well-planned parks. What would you put in a park that you designed?

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