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.
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.
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.
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.
Tasha Alexander is the author of four Victorian-era historical mysteries following the career of Lady Emily Ashton, whose exploits include tracking down art stolen from the British Museum, unmasking a jewel thief targeting royal treasures, and investigating murders as an agent for the British Empire. In the latest installment, Tears of Pearl, Alexander explores a vividly depicted Constantinople in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire with particular attention given to its treatment of women.
She also wrote the novelization of the Oscar-winning film Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the economic impact of the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Miron says because tax liabilities accompany any government spending program, last year’s stimulus package may not have expanded the output of the American economy, but instead simply redistributed the economy’s output.
One half of the husband and wife team that makes up the national performance group Eth-Noh-Tec, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, presents Asia Fantasia.
Growing up in the late ‘60s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His talent for Asian music, dance, and theater, along with his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy place him in the exciting art form of storytelling.
Award-winning author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas presents an evening of singing, clapping, laughing, and of course, storytelling.
Inspired by her seventh grade English teacher, who would read aloud to the class every day, de Las Casas “fell in love with words both on paper and in the air.” De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. Through the use of character voices, creative movement, animated facial expressions, and gestures, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment.
Author Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of Barbie and the influence the iconic doll has had on the self-image of American girls since its launch in March 1959 on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.