The Library again provides a perfect family friendly starting point for your First Friday. Indisposable: Kansas City Cultures debuts in first-floor Kirk Hall, featuring the photographs of Kansas City refugees who were handed disposable cameras and asked to document their lives or simply photograph whatever they found interesting or appealing. That’s atop two exhibits in the Central Library’s formal galleries: Ryan Wilks’ multisensory Here Where You Wish and the absorbing drawings of Lawrence, Kansas, artist Michael Krueger in There From Here, Selected Drawings 2008-2018. As part of the city’s Art in the Loop initiative, artist David Alpert leads an exercise in writing notes to place in Library books and multi-instrumentalist Amado Espinoza and his brother Pedro Calderon provide live music. Also, the Kansas City Symphony’s Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo sets up on the Central Library’s fifth floor.
Appropriate for all ages.
Though St. Louis has faced many trials and tribulations since its founding in 1764, no point in its history is remembered more for tragedy than 1849. The city was little more than a frontier town at the time, and the strain of a rapidly growing population and poor infrastructure set the stage for two deadly outbreaks: a massive cholera epidemic and the Great Fire of 1849.
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the witty romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
The 92-year-old Holocaust survivor from Prairie Village, who endured internment in three Nazi concentration camps during World War II, sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III to discuss her life and adherence to hope over anger and hate. Still working in her small tailor’s shop in Overland Park, she is one of the last survivors in Kansas City to continue to speak about her Holocaust experience. The award-winning documentary Big Sonia brought it to the big screen.