Previous Special Events

Monday, October 5, 2009

Critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lang presents the first of three programs brought to the Library by the Kansas City Ballet. The series features luminaries in the field of dance and is being held in conjunction with the company's 2009-2010 season.

Lang will stage a production of her Splendid Isolation III for the Kansas City Ballet's fall performance at the Lyric Theatre, October 15-18. The dance is new and includes music by Gustav Mahler.

Monday, October 5, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

David Atkinson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama.

During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president.

Monday, October 5, 2009

An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.

Sunday, October 4, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

When they find out that the 133 tram is being retired from service, Caireles and Tarrajas decide to steal it. During the night they serve an eclectic group of people that include a couple of nuns, a teacher with his students, and some rake workers. The next morning, Caireles and Tarrajas try to take the tram back, but they are faced with the obstinacy of Papá Pinillos, an inspector who insists on turning them in to the authorities. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Not Rated. (90 min.)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will discuss the exhibit Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled. Sean Kelley, the Library’s volunteer chief curator of art, will moderate the discussion, which complements the Library’s exhibit of Goldman’s paintings and ceramics in the Library’s North Gallery. Many works have never been on public display.

Thursday, October 1, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III, Director of Public Affairs Henry Fortunato, and renowned Kansas City historian Bill Worley host a preview of the Meet the Past television series.

Kemper, Fortunato, and Worley will present video clips and discuss some of their favorite moments from the first season of the series.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Experiments in Living

Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his newest book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Heid Erdrich for a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection National Monuments, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This presentation is a part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The first of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums takes place on Tuesday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

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