HEAR Now Festival
The four-day HEAR Now Festival, the audio equivalent of a film festival, returns to Kansas City to celebrate storytelling in all forms.
It opens at the Plaza Branch on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. with a session, Innovations, that spotlights advances in the world of audio storytelling. Angela Elam of KCUR-FM's New Letters on the Air serves as host. Ken Perlin, the Oscar-winning founding director of New York University’s Media Research Lab, discusses “The Sound of Future Reality: When Literary Classics, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality Meet.”
Four award-winning narrators sit down Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. to read from the works of their favorite authors in A Story Well Told: Celebrating the Human Voice. Among them: Julia Whelan, a former child actress best known for her work on ABC's Once and Again.