PGAV Architects’ Mike Schaadt and Kimberlee Ried of the National Archives at Kansas City explain how the Federal Historic Tax Credit and adaptive reuse technology allowed the Adams Express Building, previously a freight storage structure, to be converted into an archival facility used by the National Archives.
The Library’s annual summer Off-the-Wall film series takes filmgoers Down the Rabbit Hole, celebrating movies about people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands. In Labyrinth, a girl (Jennifer Connelly) braves a magical maze of muppets to rescue her baby brother from a glam-rock Goblin King (David Bowie.)
Matthew Christopher has spent the past decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has known: our own. The Pennsylvania photographer catalogues abandoned structures in pictures and words, lending a haunting beauty to factories, theaters, churches, and prisons now vacant and left to the elements and vandals. They are places that once helped define communities’ identities.
Christopher, who features the images in his new book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, discusses his work and its underlying importance. “I am dismayed,” he says, “at the prevailing blindness … that prizes a handful of nails or pottery fragments from an early colonial settlement but ignores sites that are still above ground and critical to preserving the accounts of accomplishments and missteps over the last century.”
Lyndon Johnson had the misfortune of following the handsome, martyred John F. Kennedy into the White House and then miring his country in
Vietnam. Driven, compulsive, occasionally crude, he was an easy target for his many critics.
He also was the architect of a lasting economic and social revolution, pushing through Medicare, the Voting Rights Act, and other reforms as part of an ambitious Great Society agenda that reached high tide 50 years ago. Joseph A. Califano Jr., Johnson’s chief aide for domestic affairs from 1965-69 and later Secretary of Health Education and Welfare in the Carter administration, delivers an inside look at our 36th president in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years. The New York Times Book Review says “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory,” while The Washington Post calls it “a joy to read [and] of what anecdotes.”
From Hyde Park to Westwood, Troostwood to Crestwood, Sunset Hill to Center City, Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhoods boast a unique charm born of their development as the streetcar suburbs of an expanding city. In a discussion of her new book, Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods, Mary Jo Draper of the Midtown KC Post uses vintage photos in examining the history and character of the area stretching from 31st to 55th streets and State Line to The Paseo.
Local author, educator, and historian William Worley discusses the New York Life Insurance Building (20 W. 9th St.). Regarded as Kansas City’s first skyscraper and its first building equipped with elevators, today it serves as the Catholic Center for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
On the eve of the 11th annual KC Fringe Festival – an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues – some of its hottest acts deliver a special preview.
From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival features an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Fest drew an estimated total attendance of nearly 19,000.
Surveys show that the percentage of Americans with libertarian leanings—preferring to maximize individual rights and minimize the role of government—has grown by a third in the past decade.
Libertarianism has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz has written the definitive guide. In a discussion of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, an updated version of his classic Libertarianism: A Primer, he examines a movement that has gained momentum in the wake of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, chronic budget deficits, the costly war on drugs, expansion of executive-branch power, and revelations about National Security Agency abuses.
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact email@example.com, or call 816.701.3468.
This year’s Art in the Loop project infuses downtown with a variety of performances and installations by 20 Kansas City artists.
As the four-month series ramps up, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and creative educator currently living and working in Kansas City through the Charlotte Street Foundation’s studio residency program.