Friday Night Family Fun
Adapted from Alexander Pushkin’s classic tale, this Johnson County Community College Theatre production tells the story of an old fisherman who catches a glistening, talking goldfish with wish-granting powers. He kindly releases the fish to the appall of his wife, who insists on re-catching the magical creature – again and again – until her greed gets the better of her.
Celebrate your favorite books, movies, comics, and all things geeky at the first-ever, afternoon-long Plaza PopCon. Come dressed as your favorite fictional character, and enter the costume contest. Test your wits in the escape room. And take part in other free family-friendly activities ranging from video gaming, lightsaber duels, superhero training camp, and more.
Missouri Valley Sundays
In a discussion of his new book Prohibition in Kansas City, Missouri: Highballs, Spooners & Crooked Dice, local historian and blogger John Simonson recalls our city’s wide-open era of illegal booze and bootleggers and speakeasies, of corrupt police and politicians and moralizing reformers.
In a discussion of her new book, Patricia O’Toole examines the complicated legacy of 28th President Woodrow Wilson. He was a driving force behind the creation of the League of Nations but also a party to the suppression of political dissent and supporter of segregation.
Roméo A. Dallaire
Retired Canadian Army Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire discusses his attempt to end the coerced recruitment and use of children as soldiers, an atrocity he confronted as force commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda in the 1990s.
The First Amendment facilitated such essential American reforms as ending slavery and extending voting rights to women. Former USA TODAY editor-in-chief Ken Paulson explains how it remains a means for change in today’s fraught times.
Edward L. Glaeser
Harvard University professor Edward Glaeser looks at joblessness among “prime age” men between 25 and 54 and the public policies he says are creating incentives not to work, from unemployment benefits and food stamps to disability insurance and housing vouchers.