Kansas City's culinary style has been a matter of discussion since Sarah Coates, wife of mover-and-shaker Kersey Coates, complained about the food in the 1850s. But restaurant life in Missouri's raucous Cowtown didn't really begin to boom until the 1930s, during the Great Depression. During the economic highs and lows of the next seven decades, there have always been good places to dine in Kansas City, including legendary venues such as the Forum Cafeteria, Bretton's, Eddy's, Putsch's 210, and the Savoy Grill.
Saturdays at Central continue on July 18, at 2 p.m. as the Lakeside Nature Center presents The Reptile Show.
Providing educational and recreational activities focusing on environmental awareness and conservation of native plants, animals, and habitats, Lakeside offers a variety of programs and activities for families. Susan Bray of the Center will bring turtles and snakes to the Library and discuss each animal’s characteristics and adaptation for survival.
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.
The series continues with Fight Club (1999) on Friday, July 17, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Local civil rights activist Alvin Sykes discusses his incredible journey from high school dropout to law-making crusader against one of the 20th century’s most heinous crimes, the murder of Emmett Till, on Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
On Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., true-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of sex, deceit, money, and murder when she discusses her book The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James.
Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in July with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.
Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.
The Kansas City Public Library welcomes the chamber music ensemble Summerfest for two "informances" on Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the PlazaBranch, 4801 Main St. Each "informance" is designed to help newcomers and experienced concertgoers develop a new appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of chamber music from the Baroque era to the present day.
Participate in the International Year of Astronomy when Dr. Steven Hawley—astronomer, astrophysicist and astronaut—presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.