To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
During a road trip from New York to Hollywood to participate in the Miss Drag Queen of America pageant, a glamorous trio (Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo) gets stranded in a small, middle-of-nowhere town. As they await car repairs – and dodge a racist, homophobic sheriff – they make friends with the locals, turning their cross-country journey into a cross-cultural learning experience.
Tunes: Salt-N-Pepa, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Tom Jones, Cyndi Lauper, and more soulful songs.
This year the Library’s FREE Off-the-Wall rooftop summer film series highlights quirky characters fighting the status quo. These madcap movie escapades are set to memorable soundtracks ideally produced to serve up shenanigans.
MAY 12: Wayne’s World (1992, PG-13, 1 hr 34 min.)
JUNE 9: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995, PG-13, 1 hr 49 min.)
JULY 14: Wet Hot American Summer (2001, R, 1 hr 37 min.)
AUGUST 11: Harold & Maude (1971, PG, 1 hr 31 min.)
SEPTEMBER 8: Spice World (1997, PG, 1 hr 33 min.)
Some tips and notes about how best to enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema on the Central Library's Rooftop Terrace:
Bring blankets and folding chairs for seating.
Enjoy complimentary popcorn provided by the Friends of the Library. Sample some locally brewed ales and lagers courtesy of Kansas City Bier Company.
You may bring outside food and non-alchoholic beverages (no glass containers, please!).
Doors open at 8 pm. (Note: The Central Library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, but the doors reopen at 8 p.m. for Off-the-Wall audiences.) All movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). In case of bad weather, screenings are moved indoors.
Complimentary parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. Bring your parking ticket for validation. Transit options: take KC Streetcar to the Library stop at 9th/Main or Ride KC buses to 10th/Main transit plaza.
Co-presented by The Pitch and the Young Friends of the Library.