Previous Special Events

Friday, February 5, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Coterie Theater presents its Treasure Trunk traveling show Friend Not Foe, about a young girl who discovers a robot.

He teaches her the wonders of being a robot, and she teaches him the complexities of being human. The two encounter lessons in humility, experience misunderstandings, discover generosity, and eventually learn to accept their differences.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Author and historian Steven Watts discusses his new book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The book traces Hefner’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his founding of Playboy magazine to his company’s transition from simple magazine publisher to a large communications and entertainment company.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Sol Sender discusses his experiences developing the Barack Obama campaign logo and “political brand” on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friday, January 29, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ann Ingalls discusses her new children's book The Little Piano Girl, a biography of Mary Lou Williams, one of the most accomplished women in jazz, on Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in the Art Spot at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limón Company's great dancers," Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane.

Choreographed by Limón with music by Purcell, The Moor’s Pavane will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The inaugural exhibition of the Orval Hixon gallery, Shooting Stars: The Celebrity Photography of Orval Hixon, opens on Wednesday, January 27, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The opening will be highlighted by a 6:30 p.m. presentation from author and photography expert Dr. David Shields

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anne C. Heller discusses her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made, a biography of the author and philosopher best known for the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II.

The presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project.

Friday, January 22, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library hosts classical music duo Silver Roots for a performance that bridges classical and world music on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

 Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation about humanities studies and the future of America's position in the world with brothers James H. and David Billington on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

James Billington, the librarian of Congress, will discuss why the decline of humanities studies has diminished America's position in the world.