Less than one week after taking office, new Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas joins veteran KMBC television news reporter Micheal Mahoney in looking back at Lucas’ decisive election-day win and ahead to the business of running the city in which he grew up.
Bring your energy. Bust out some moves. Young attendees don special headphones and choose from several different musical, DJ-hosted channels to which they can dance. Everybody’s grooving, just not necessarily to the same tunes. For all ages.
The Plaza Branch opens after hours for a special silent disco, allowing attendees ages 21 and up to dance simultaneously to the different beats that move them. Donning special headphones, they choose from several DJ-hosted channels and tunes. The result is a lot of dancing and singing like no one’s watching—a floor full of personal dance parties.
Writer and director Doug Roland joins in a screening and discussion of his groundbreaking short film Feeling Through, about a teen wandering the New York streets and the bond he strikes with a deaf-blind man needing help home. In Robert Tarango, it features the first actor with both hearing and vision loss to play a big-screen lead.
Author Téa Obreht, whose stunning debut novel The Tiger’s Wife was shortlisted for a National Book Award, discusses her newly released (and similarly lauded) second book, Inland. It follows the intersecting journeys of an unflinching frontierswoman in the drought-parched Arizona Territory in 1893 and a former outlaw haunted by his past.
Neighbors from the Red Planet arrive under a pretense of peace, but it soon becomes clear their real intent is to colonize and conquer. Maybe vaporizing Congress was the first clue. Tim Burton directs an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Slim Whitman upstages them all.
In a discussion of her book Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Identity, University of North Dakota historian Cynthia Prescott walks through the proliferation, wane, and rediscovery of memorials to sainted pioneer women – in the Kansas City region and across the nation.
There was much more to celebrated gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson than the drug- and booze-addled caricature he fostered in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works. In a discussion of his book Freak Kingdom, George Mason University’s Timothy Denevi takes stock of a forceful literary and political journalist who was in his prime from 1963 through Nixon’s resignation in 1974.