Previous Special Events

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling in two interactive sessions offered by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Participants first are taught the basics of hand-to-hand combat and swordplay. In the second session, they modernize dialogue from Shakespeare’s plays and employ both that dialogue and their new sword fighting skills in enacting short scenes. Appropriate for teens.


Sunday, May 22, 2016
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and casts himself in the lead role of Caius Martius, the banished Roman general who aligns with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city. Fiennes shot this brilliant adaptation in war-ravaged Serbia. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

In the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army on the Western Front of World War I. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and helped bring the Great War to an end.


Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:30pm

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.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s 2016 Off-the-Wall film series kicks off with Strange Brew (PG, 90 min., 1983), an interpretation of Hamlet on hops. The Canadian McKenzie brothers (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) discover something is rotten in the Elsinore Brewery, don’cha know?


Friday, May 20, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kick off the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program with Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove. This high-energy, interactive show gets the whole family swingin’.


Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Amid humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and debate in the U.S. about how to address them, a panel of Kansas City-area faith leaders discuss religious teachings and traditions and whether they could or should guide national policy.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

While Shakespeare wasn’t a composer, he made his love of music apparent. Take Richard II, in which he writes, “How sweet sour music is, (w)hen time is broke and no proportion kept.”

Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the Bard’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces, joining onstage for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More than 400 years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play. And yet his prose, plots, and characters are as alive today as they were in the late 16th and early 17th centuries – performed on stage in almost every language around the world, required reading for high school English students, and reimagined by filmmakers.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.




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