Previous Special Events

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Author Jonathan Franzen discusses his new book Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

Bestselling author Terry McMillan discusses her latest novel Getting to Happy, the follow-up to Waiting to Exhale.

The story revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin as each woman comes to a crossroads in their life, 15 years after the events of the previous book. Their challenges are many, including addiction and self-delusion, as they learn to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Groundhog Day (1993) on September 20. A modern classic starring Murray as a sarcastic weatherman who is forced to relive the worst day of his life—until he gets it right. With Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. Rated PG. (101 min.)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Missouri natives Mark Twain and Thomas Hart Benton were kindred spirits who found inspiration in Missouri’s people, places, and practices.

On Sunday, September 19, at 2 p.m., Joan Stack explores Benton’s illustrations for special editions of Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the late 1930s and 1940s. The program will be held at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Saturdays at Central series continues with an exciting performance from Kiersten Hallin, also known as Magic Mama.

Magic Mama’s music is described as “organic hip-hop” that is fun for the whole family. Through her music, she delivers an empowering and hope-filled message of love and respect for all and inspires creative thinking and earth-friendly actions.

Friday, September 17, 2010
10:45pm @ Central Library

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.

In The Band’s Visit, a touring band comprised of members of an Egyptian police force becomes lost in a small Israeli town, bringing together two cultures for a memorable yet unimportant evening. Ebert’s review: “The movie avoids what we might expect, a meeting of the minds, and gives us instead a sharing of quiet desperation.” In English, Arabic, and Hebrew, with subtitles.

Friday, September 17, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Friday Night Family Fun series hosts St. Louis kids’ rocker Babaloo to perform his one-man musical comedy act for kids of all ages. Be ready for a high-energy, over-the-top, fun-filled experience with lots of shouting and singing, dancing and stomping, magic and mayhem, bean-bag-bopping, bubble-popping, and bucket-beating. Babaloo will do whatever it takes to keep everyone energized and laughing!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall is the city’s oldest and largest general history museum. Housed in the former residence of lumber baron Robert A. Long, the publicly and privately funded museum is currently undergoing an extensive site-wide restoration. Its many partners, staff and surrounding neighborhoods are vigorously planning for the next century of public service.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Thursday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Bert Hansen, Ph.D will present Wonders of Nature and Miracles of Medicine: Popularizing Science in LIFE Magazine, 1936-1972.

A 6 p.m. reception will precede the presentation.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Archivists Randy Roberts and Shannon Julien discuss their new book Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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