The calendar devised by the ancient Mayans ends on December 21, 2012. Some have interpreted this to mean that on that day the world will end as well.
The Kansas City Public Library takes no official stand on this prediction, but just in case the Mayans were right it is offering a December film series of apocalyptic movies.
The End of the World As We Know It series (apologies to R.E.M.) plays on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout December, 2012 (with the exceptions of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free. The schedule:
December 3 When Worlds Collide (1951)
In this sci-fi classic from legendary producer George Pal (The Time Machine, War of the Worlds) a rogue planet drifts toward Earth while scientists frantically try to build spaceships on which at least some human beings can escape. Rating: NR. 83 minutes.
December 10 Miracle Mile (1988)
Discovering accidentally that nuclear war has broken out, a Los Angeles man (Anthony Edwards) spends his last minutes attempting to escape the doomed city with his girlfriend (Mare Winningham). Rating: R. 87 minutes.
December 17 The Road (2009)
In this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-winning novel, a ragged man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander a post-apocalyptic America in which nothing grows and men feed on each other. Rating: R. 111 minutes.
Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.