Previous Special Events

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Lewis & Clark Expedition paused at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers for three days on its way west in 1804 – longer than at any other place on its 7,600-mile journey aside from a winter encampment with the Mandans. Now called Kaw Point, this site proved significant for wildlife observation – yielding first glimpses of bison and the Carolina Parakeet – and its natural defenses. This campsite also served as the scene for the court-martial of two expedition members.


Sunday, September 20, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

When he discovers his wife’s infidelity, Quintin abandons Maria and their daughter Lencho after he is told that she is not his child. Years later, his ex-wife convinces Quintin that she lied about his paternity and urges him to seek out his daughter. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (80 min.)


Friday, September 18, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.


Friday, September 18, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., award-winning journalist and documentary photographer David Bacon will discuss the issues of labor, immigration, and international politics.

A reporter and documentary photographer for almost 20 years, Bacon was also a labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, but he is best-known for his classic novels Snow White and The Dead Father.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Walter Schroeder leads an examination of The WPA Guide to Missouri on Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Recommended reading:
Contemporary Conservatism

Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, September 14, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Books on Traffic & Driving

Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.