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.
In the second of a two-part look at the troubled state of American politics, the Library and the public policy nonprofit Consensus stage a public forum on how to address the varied and complex troubles buffeting our governmental process. How do we get our political machinery back on track?
It appears to be the find of a lifetime. Shakespeareans worldwide were electrified earlier this year by the announced discovery of a previously unknown source—or inspiration—for many of the works of William Shakespeare. Researcher Dennis McCarthy and colleague June Schlueter made the case that the Bard drew repeatedly from a manuscript written in the late 1500s by a courtier of Elizabeth I. Using plagiarism-detecting software, they identified unique storylines and ideas in both the earlier document and Shakespeare’s works.
The Library and KCPT-Kansas City PBS begin a search for solutions in the second installment of a series examining eviction in the city. The event begins with a screening of Evicted, a documentary examining the issue and how it's tackled elsewhere. A panel including Councilman Quinton Lucas then discusses how it can be addressed in KC. Co-presented by the Black Community Fund and KCPT-Kansas City PBS.
Appropriate for all ages.
Thomas Frank is a liberal by conviction but an equal-opportunity critic of America’s foundering political system. In a discussion of his new book Rendezvous With Oblivion: Reports From a Sinking Society, a selection of Frank’s essays from 2011 to 2018, he looks at a country divided and in disrepair, undone by folly and exploitation.