Previous Special Events

Saturday, November 14, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Friday, November 13, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.” Appropriate for all ages.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

World chess champion-turned-human rights activist Garry Kasparov sounded his first warning about Vladimir Putin in 2001.

He now compares the Russian president with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the Islamic State as an enemy of political liberty and the modern world order. In a discussion of his book, Kasparov examines what he says is Putin’s evolution from local to regional to global threat and advocates that the U.S. and its allies stand up to the bully rather than try to appease him.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Lady Bird Johnson was no mere White House photo prop.

The former Claudia Taylor once was described by husband Lyndon Johnson as “the brains and money of this family.” Her business acumen helped point him to the White House, and she was a steadying influence on a man noted for his moodiness and volatility. Among other accomplishments, her efforts as an environmentalist led to the Highway Beautification Act.

Author Betty Boyd Caroli examines Lady Bird’s exceptional life in a discussion of her new book Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Many, if not most, Americans’ understanding of Gen. George Armstrong Custer begins and ends with his demise at Little Bighorn. But that belies the complexity of a historic figure who was capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, and an individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).


Sunday, November 8, 2015
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Thomas Hart Benton’s national notoriety – as one of the most visible and controversial American painters of the 1930s – has overshadowed his time as a Kansas City resident.

Benton scholar Henry Adams, author of the new book Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, reveals an intriguingly different artist than the one known to historians. Benton had a complex involvement in the city’s great social and cultural renaissance, which included the establishment of a symphony, university, and great art museum. Often at odds with the staff of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, he drew most of his support from Jewish patrons who were largely excluded from the museum’s activities. His father had connections to Tom Pendergast, but some of Benton’s closest friends were involved in the overthrow of the Boss’ political machine.


Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

Storytelling Spectacular
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Program: 7 p.m.

Koram, Burch, Lepp, and Loya return to the Truman Forum Auditorium for a grand storytelling finale. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

RSVP: 816.701.3482

Attorneys from Sly James Law Firm — Malik James, Brian Noland, and Jim Breckenridge — offer advice for dealing with legal issues that can have big ramifications on your life and career.

Programs take place on Tuesday evenings with the same topic repeated the following Saturday morning.


Friday, November 6, 2015
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.

Storytelling Celebration
Friday, November 6, 2015
Programs: 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Opening the evening is a Friday Night Family Fun family concert in the Kids’ Corner at 6:30 p.m., offering tales for all ages.


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