Previous Special Events

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Kansas City Public Library hosts noted film expert David Thomson for a discussion of his new book Have You Seen...? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

A string quartet from the Kansas City Symphony provides a free lunchtime concert on Tuesday, October 14, at noon at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Symphony violist Jenifer Richison and cellist Yeonsun Joo lead a string ensemble playing Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, and Ravel – all selections from the upcoming Symphony concert schedule. Audience members may enter a drawing for one pair of complimentary tickets to a Kansas City Symphony performance.


Sunday, October 12, 2008
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez hosts the second installment in the 2008-09 Second Sundays with KC Columnists series on Sunday, October 12, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Saturday, October 11, 2008
9:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Among the premiere chamber music groups in Kansas City, the Bach Aria Soloists return to the Kansas City Public Library for a diverse program including masterworks by Bach, Kreisler, and Paganini as well as arias by Bernstein and Gounoud on Saturday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Friday, October 10, 2008

NEA Jazz Master Dr. David Baker examines Jazz During the Hard Bop Era with a presentation that dissects its essential ingredients and illuminates the various groups that made up the rich tradition of 40-plus years of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers on Friday, October 10, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, October 9, 2008
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Award-winning young adult author Justine Larbalestier will discuss her latest book, How To Ditch Your Fairy, on Thursday, October 9, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Colonel (retired) Peter Mansoor discusses his new book Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Baghdad at Sunrise tells the story of a U.S. brigade in Baghdad from 2004 to 2005. Publishers Weekly says Mansoor’s account is “balanced, perceptive, and merciless.”


Thursday, October 9, 2008
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Local historians present a roundtable discussion titled Kessler, Long, and Nichols: The City Beautiful, the City Ideal on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Thomas E. Kennedy for a discussion of how his account of a series of bus trips transcends mere travelogue and enters the realm of literature with Riding the Dog: On the Road with Literary Nonfiction on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Richard Moe explains how the preservation of historic and older buildings should be an important component of sustainable development efforts in the next installment of Conversations on the Environment on Wednesday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Admission is free.