Previous Special Events

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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.




Saturday, May 14, 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 14, 2016
11:00am @ Plaza Branch

As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.


Friday, May 13, 2016
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?


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