News And Events

News And Events

             ESU Goes to the Movies        Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience

THE AUDIENCE--an encore film starring Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe coming to Kansas City, July 19 at 7:00 pm. ESU members and friends are invited to attend this one-night screening at AMC Town Center 20. Ticket purchases are below.

In celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday this year, The Audience which was recorded live during the original run of the production in London's West End in 2013, is returning to select movie theatres.

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: July 11, 2016

Don't forget about our Kansas City Tea & Literature Club, co-sponsored with the English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch! The next meeting is July 11 from 6:30-8:00 at Se Faire Belle Salon and French Boutique.

The Region for this meeting is China. The book is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Bucktea host Kyle Rutliff from Shang Tea

You still have time to read the book, though if you don't think you'll get all the way through, don't let that stop you from participating!

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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare Now on Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library through June 28, 2016

One of the most valuable books in English Literature, is now on display at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library downtown as part of a nationwide tour of the historical William Shakespeare First Folio document. The First Folio Exhibit opened June 6 and continues through June 28, 2016. It is a free exhibit on the fifth floor in the Missouri Valley Room.

The Kansas City Public Library is exhibiting this literary masterpiece as part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The English-Speaking Union is one of six partners working with the Kansas City Public Library in bringing this exhibit to Kansas City.

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ESU Presents our Annual Shakespeare Festival Group Night

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 24th season brings to Kansas City audiences one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night. It was believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

Like so many of Shakespeare plays, Twelfth Night relies on mistaken identity, deception, disguises, trickery and double entendres for its humor. It is a hilarious, yet romantic comedy that displays Shakespeare's tendency to write themes that are ahead of his time, featuring scenes including gender reversal, practical jokes, raucous antics, ravishing language and rich characters.

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Acclaimed Author Andrea Mays Tells the Miraculous and Romantic Story of the Making of the First Folio

Special 'Meet and Greet the Author' Buffet Reception Follows Lecture

Andrea Mays, acclaimed author and distinguished scholar, will present a lecture on her newly published book, "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio." The free lecture program is sponsored by The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch and co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library. It will be held at the downtown Central Library on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The public is invited.

The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature's greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare's plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard's death in 1616. Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars.

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2nd Annual Midwest Tea Festival Returns to Kansas City

Attention all ESU Tea Lovers

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its second annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors on May 7, 2016. 

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this one-day Festival celebrating everything that tea culture has to offer. 

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ESU Partners with Paseo Academy for Third Annual Arts on the Hill: Spring Arts Festival

The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts will hold its third annual "Arts on the Hill: Spring Arts Festival" on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 1:00-6:00 pm. 4747 Flora Ave, Kansas City, Mo.

The Festival is a celebration of the arts, featuring Paseo's talented artist-scholars, alumni, and honoring Paseo's arts/business partnerships of Kansas City. Paseo's Spring Arts Festival will include the coronation of the Royal Arts Court, outside performances and events showcasing Paseo students, alumni, and community partners. 

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Lecture: Robert Hulse, M.A., Director, London’s Brunel Museum

image_srcRobert Hulse, Director of London's Brunel Museum, will present a lecture at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch is co-sponsoring this free lecture program with the Linda Hall Library. This lecture is part of ESU's Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series.

Americans need little introduction to their favorite architect, but they may not know Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the Englishman who changed the world. His first project, the oldest tunnel in the London subway, changed the shape of our cities.

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Meet and Greet with Author Andrea Mays

The ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting a special post-lecture fundraising buffet reception for ESU members and guests to personally meet author Andrea Mays, author of The Millionaire and the Bard. Join us for a wonderful buffet reception after the lecture at one of Kansas City's finest restaurants.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time: 8:00 pm

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Even though our current membership year will end in three months, there is an opportunity in this fourth quarter for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

If a new member enrolls during the fourth quarter of the membership year, that is, during April, May or June, their membership will carry over into the new membership year.  That means the new member gets one, two or three extra months in their first-year membership depending on which month in the fourth quarter they enrolled.

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