Josie and the Pussycats

Off the Wall
Summer Reading
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Friday, June 9, 2023
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8:45 pm
Rooftop Terrace
In Person Event

Cats have slinked, stretched, purred, and pounced through movies for well more than a century, going back to the silent 1901 short The Sick Kitten. We can all agree: They make a film more interesting.

The Library celebrates these furry stars in its 2023 Off the Wall rooftop film series, Feline Throughline, featuring cats in non-starring but invariably scene-chewing roles. Leading off: 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats (PG-13, 98 min.), which finds Rachael Leigh Cook (lead singer and guitarist Josie), Tara Reid (drummer Melody), and Rosario Dawson (bassist Val) as members of a rising rock band caught in a scheme to control America’s youth.

Yes, it’s a musical comedy based on a comic book. But E! News saw more nuance on the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release in 2021, writing, “Over the last two decades, Josie and the Pussycats has become a generation-defining cult classic, simultaneously being ahead of its time with its take on consumerism and the state of pop music and yet a perfect encapsulation of the Y2K era, Carson Daly cameo included.”

In other words, it’s the cat’s pawjamas.

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Co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

Attending Off the Wall

  • Films are shown on the fifth-floor Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library, 14 West 10th St., KCMO.
  • Bring your own seating, blankets, or folding chairs. (Chairs or other seating not provided.)
  • Bring your own food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass containers, please.
  • Doors open at 8 p.m. (The Central Library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, but reopens at 8 p.m. for Off the Wall events.)
  • Screenings begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
  • Parking: Enter the Library District parking garage via Baltimore Avenue. Bring your parking ticket to the event for complimentary validation.
  • Transit options: Take KC Streetcar to the Library stop at 9th and Main streets or use Ride KC bus routes.
  • In case of bad weather, the event may be canceled. Watch event pages or the Library’s social media feeds for updates.