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Signature Event Archive
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The Kansas City Symphony offers a free outdoor chamber concert at the Library, with a woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn – performing on a mobile stage in the parking area outside the Waldo Branch. To maintain safety, the Library asks attendees to socially distance and wear masks where or when appropriate. Those wishing to sit should bring their own chairs.
“Everything can’t be the most important thing.” Using her own stories, KSHB-TV evening anchor Dia Wall imparts this and many other lessons she has learned in her debut book, The Unhappiest One: Finding Joy in My Journey to Purpose.
2021 Off the Wall Film Series: Movies Under the monStars
George Henderson (John Lithgow) and family accidentally hit a Sasquatch with their car on a trip through the forest, then opt to bring it home. Keeping Bigfoot in their house a secret presents big problems, but the mythical creature soon reveals itself to be more of a gentle giant than a hairy terror.Seating begins: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.
Award-winning author and social justice scholar Dr. Monique W. Morris joins Kansas City Public Schools’ Dr. Lateshia Woodley in a discussion of the societal and educational disparities faced by Black girls and other girls of color. They draw from Morris’ book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School, which was adapted into a documentary film of the same name. The online conversation will be presented on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Alarmed by the racial and socioeconomic barriers inherent in education and the profound impact on Black children and communities of color, Tracy Swinton Bailey sought a little more than a decade ago to do something about it.
There are times in life that alter a person’s view of the world. For Ed FitzGerald, it was the summer of 1950 when, as a Catholic boy growing up in a blue-collar Kansas City neighborhood, he got a job working for the hometown Blues baseball organization.
Inger Burnett-Zeigler counts herself among the many today who wear the badge of strong Black woman with honor. All too often, the esteemed Northwestern University clinical psychologist says, their toughness is tied to acquaintance with suffering.
The U.S. barbecue capitals of Memphis, Texas, the Carolinas and, of course, Kansas City bring unique techniques, flavors, and traditions to slow-smoking meats. Each claims to produce the best ’cue in the country, and hundreds of teams compete regionally and nationally for preeminence.