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Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library

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4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
816-701-3481 https://www.kclibrary.org/library-locations/plaza-branch

January 2020

The First Rainbow Coalition

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Indie Lens Pop-Up Fifty years ago, Chicago’s Black Panther Party formed an unlikely alliance in one of the most segregated cities in America. Intent on addressing police brutality, substandard housing, and other shared issues, the Panthers enlisted a diverse mix of movements including the Latino-based Young Lords Organization and southern whites’ Young Patriots Organization. The group called itself the Rainbow Coalition. It was short-lived but effective in breaking down barriers between communities, creating a permanent shift in Chicago politics. And…

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From Page to Screen: The Outsiders

January 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Searching the Psyche Through Cinema The month’s second Searching the Psyche Through Cinema installment features Francis Ford Coppola’s classic look at life on the outside, The Outsiders (1983; PG; 91 min.). Set in 1950s Tulsa, Oklahoma, it follows the conflict between a group of working-class teens known as the Greasers and the rich-kid Socs (pronounced soches, short for socials). The film is based on the book by S.E. Hinton, written when she was a teen and angry about how the Socs treated greasers in…

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February 2020

Little Shop of Horrors (1986, Rated PG-13)

February 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Join us for a viewing of Little Shop of Horrors. We will snack as we sing along to songs from this hilarious musical. Plaza director, April Roy, will give us some fun facts and exciting narration. Movies and Memories is a multi-sensory experience for people living with dementia and their care partners. Free Admission

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From Page to Screen: Disobedience

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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The Library continues this year’s Searching the Psyche Through Cinema series – featuring films adapted from books – with the 2017 drama Disobedience (R, 114 min.). Taken from Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name, it’s the story of a woman (Rachel Weisz) who returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in London that she fled as a child. An awkward homecoming gets more complicated when she discovers that the former classmate (Rachel McAdams) with whom she had a teenage romance has married a mutual…

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Always in Season

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Indie Lens Pop-Up A 17-year-old African American is found hanging from a swing set in the middle of an all-white trailer park in North Carolina. Police quickly declare it a suicide—despite doubts by family members and questionable circumstances. Could the 2014 tragedy have been a lynching? Do they remain a modern-day occurrence? Through that case, the 2019 documentary Always in Season (89 min.) sensitively explores the lingering impact of the lynching of African Americans decades ago and connects this form of terrorism…

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From Page to Screen: Boy Erased

February 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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The Library wraps up this year’s Searching the Psyche Through Cinema series with a final screening and discussion of a film adapted from a book, the quietly powerful drama Boy Erased (2018; R; 115 min.). Based on Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, it follows the son of a Baptist preacher (Lucas Hedges) who is outed as gay to his parents (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) and is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. Post-screening discussion is…

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