Previous Special Events

Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Coterie Theatre Artists read from favorite children's books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to "jump into the story" and participate in an improvised story of their own making.

Appropriate for all ages, Dramatic Story Time programs take place one Sunday each month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning October 6, 2013.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s Shane W. Evans, who has earned national acclaim as the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s books, will discuss his latest work, Chocolate Me!, at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Experience the true spirit of the holidays. Kansas City’s own StoneLion Puppet Theatre brings Santa's workshop to life with intricate marionettes and a charming, larger-than-life dollhouse that opens to reveal a reenactment of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, “The Night Before Christmas.”

StoneLion Puppet Theatre, a professional touring company based in Kansas City, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time magazine’s David Von Drehle and Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan discuss When Fashion Meets Power in the sixth and final offering of the 2013 Dateline: Washington series.

As fashion critic for The Washington Post and now Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Givhan has generated controversy about what politicians wear, saying of one Hillary Clinton outfit, “Just look away!” She criticized Vice President Dick Cheney for wearing a green parka: “I don’t want to be represented by someone … who looks like he’s at a Green Bay Packer game.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Even in death, Britain’s “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher, divides and polarizes.

Victor Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kansas, examines Thatcher’s political career, from leader of the Conservative Party to becoming the first female and longest-serving Prime Minister of the last century.

Looking at her efforts to transform an ailing economy, roll back the frontiers of the state, and bring trade unionism within the rule of law, he asks: What was Thatcherism? Was it good or bad for Britain? And how will Margaret Thatcher be rated as a prime minister?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Players in today’s National Football League are bigger and faster than ever — and that means devastating collisions on the gridiron. The health issues confronting these Sunday gladiators — from concussions to blown-out knees, and the medical care provided them after they retire from the game — are explored by CBS Sports Network’s Roger Twibell and a panel of experts.

Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson (now chairman of USA Football), former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, and three-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Conrad Dobler look at the complicated issue of player health from both personal and institutional points of view and discuss the sport's future in the face of these safety concerns.

Sunday, December 1, 2013
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

For a follow up to his groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney needed something special. He found it in Pinocchio. It may be the best animated film of his career, one that is hugely satisfying simply as a children’s fantasy but which works on levels way beyond a grade schooler’s grasp.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre premieres its eighth season of Script-in-Hand performances – a series of classic comedies called Exit Laughing – with Joseph Kesselring’s perennially popular Arsenic and Old Lace.

This 1941 Broadway black comedy centers on a New York theater critic who discovers his two spinster aunts have been poisoning “unhappy” men and burying them in the basement of their home in Brooklyn. Kesselring based the play’s setting on the boarding house in which he lived while teaching at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The plays and poetry of William Shakespeare have had an immense impact on the English language, on theater, and on cinema. But the Bard’s words have also inspired some of the world’s most beautiful music.

This performance by members of the Bach Aria Soloists features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, John Dowland, and George Frideric Handel.

Friday, November 22, 2013

On the 50th anniversary of one of America’s most traumatic events, historians from the University of Kansas – Theodore A. Wilson, Jonathan Hagel, Jennifer Weber, and Jeffrey P. Moran – take a fresh look at the impact and legacy of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

They will discuss the countless theories that have sprung up around the assassination, the event’s depiction in and impact on popular culture, the central “what if?” of the assassination (would Kennedy have escalated or reduced our involvement in Vietnam?), and the connections between Kennedy’s death and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.