Previous Special Events

Friday, June 3, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Begin your First Friday outing at the Library with two gallery stops, live music, and more!

CHASING WEATHER
Genevieve Guldner Gallery, 1st Floor
The arresting, severe-weather photography of Stephen Locke is paired with the poetry of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

SHAKESPEARE: SETTING THE STAGE
Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery, 2nd Floor


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

His comedies, histories, and tragedies have been performed worldwide for more than 400 years, but William Shakespeare’s personal life remains something of a mystery. In a special installment of the unique, Emmy Award-winning series Meet the Past, the famed playwright – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.The presentation will be recorded by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

When her daughter was born nearly four months premature, Deanna Fei confronted a shattering question: Had she delivered a child or lost one? Over months in the hospital, Fei held the hand of her tiny baby as she fought for life inside a glass box. Then, a year after bringing the child home, the CEO of her husband’s company publicly blamed the medical bills of the beautiful, now-thriving little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price tag to her life.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.


Saturday, May 28, 2016
(All day) @ Central Library

As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "The apparel oft proclaims the man."

The play, too. No less distinctive than the Bard's timeless text is the look of Shakespearean stage productions, drawing from the fashions of his Elizbethan Age and the 400 years since he wrote his plays.


Friday, May 27, 2016

The son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera traces his love of poetry to childhood and singing songs about the Mexican Revolution learned from his mother. He would go on to become his home state’s poet laureate and, in September 2015, the first Latino poet laureate of the U.S. The New York Times hailed him as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.”


Thursday, May 26, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This event has been canceled.

Take Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors. Give it a modern, hip-hop flavor. And you get The Bomb-itty of Errors, a unique, clever, often laugh-out-loud musical adaptation that debuted off-Broadway in 1999.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Author Sean Gorman has spent 20 years navigating wrestling circuits. Evolving from an introverted, small-town kid in New England into one of the loudest and "most hated" villains in all of wrestling. Gorman explains how he got his start in professional wrestling and how he became the "Manager of Champions" in a discussion of his memoir, Until We're Strangers Again.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature’s greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard’s death in 1616 and surviving copies are valued at upwards of $5-6 million today. Folger and his wife founded the Shakespeare Folger Library to house his volumes and other Shakespeare materials, and it now holds 82 of the 235 copies of the Folio known to still exist.


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