Friday Night Family Fun
Kansas City storytellers and musicians “Brother John” Anderson and Rick Cole explore the history and sounds of swing jazz, spotlighting music of legendary artists from Louis Armstrong to Cab Calloway.
Indie Lens Pop-Up
As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up film series, the Library and KCPT–Kansas City PBS screen the documentary Tell Them We Are Rising, which charts the history and impact of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Local HBCU alumni lead a subsequent discussion.
Dramatic Story Time
Coterie Theatre artists resume their monthly interactive story times for children and their parents, spotlighting Jerry Pinkney’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book The Lion and the Mouse. It’s an adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables.
Movies and Memories
Just before the 2018 Oscars are presented, the Library screens three uplifting, Academy Award-winning or nominated shorts in the latest installment of Movies and Memories, its special, intergenerational film series for individuals with dementia, their friends, and families.
Sean N. Kalic
Military historian Sean Kalic of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College discusses one of the most frightful urban battles of World War II. Russia’s Red Army liberated the German-held Hungarian capital at a cost of more than 150,000 lives.
Michael Grauer of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, discusses the effort by British investors to cash in on American cattle in the late 1800s, setting up syndicates in Kansas City and elsewhere in the U.S. and buying up major ranches.
George Saunders discusses his best-selling Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for best original novel. The book movingly imagines Abraham Lincoln’s night in a cemetery, tortured by the loss of his son, the Civil War, and a ghostly world shared by Willie and his fellow dead.
Searching the Psyche Through Cinema: David Lynch
Searching the Psyche Through Cinema, the annual screening-and-discussion series, continues this year’s psychological studies of films directed by the inimitable David Lynch.