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News And Events

Missouri ESU Branches Supporting Fine Arts Education Day

The ESU St. Louis and Kansas City Branches were represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools.

This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.

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A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Julian Sands, well known British actor, will present a series of Harold Pinter's poems in a special production titled, A Celebration of Harold Pinter. Sands' performance will be at Polsky Theatre on the campus of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

ESU members and Friends of ESU--Don't miss this rare opportunity to be part of a program you will not soon forget. Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was one of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years.

Learn more about Harold Pinter and Julian Sands at the end of this announcement.

Friday, December 5, 2014
8:00 pm
Polsky Theatre
$30 per person

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Join Our ESU Group to a Free Screening of Downton Abbey Season 5

Join fellow ESU members and friends to a free screening of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5.

 This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate and it seems as though life has finally returned to normal for the Crawley least for now. Get a sneak peek at the action about to unfold before it airs on January 4, 2015 on KCPT-TV in Kansas City.

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Spotlight on ESU Kansas City’s Newest Member: Bambi Shen

Meet ESU Kansas City's newest member, Bambi Shen.  The harrowing life story of Bambi stretches across cultures and continents.

Daughter of a Chinese diplomat, Shen was born in French Indochina (now Vietnam). For much of Shen's young life, her mother berated her and repeatedly told her how she wished she'd been born a boy. When Japan took over Vietnam, she and her family endured internment in concentration camps, surviving hunger and bombing air raids, which twice came precariously close to taking her life.

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Gerald Charles Dickens presents “A Christmas Carol” In-Person

Charles Dickens' literary masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, continues to shape the way we celebrate Christmas over 150 years after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of Christmas first touched hearts in 1843.

The ESU Kansas City Branch invites members and Friends of ESU to a group outing to see this special performance by Gerald Charles Dickens.

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Where: The Pavilion at John Knox Village
             520 NW Murray Rd, Lee's Summit, MO
             Click here for map

Time: 7:00 pm (Show time approximately one hour)

Watch video preview:  Click here

Admission: Free, however, RSVP required. Click here to RSVP online or call (816) 524-0567

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29th Annual British Faire

The ESU Kansas City Branch joined 40 other vendors at the 29th Annual British Faire in Lenexa, KS on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Many purveyors of British goods and services were displaying their merchandise including food, cheese, tea, Celtic & Scottish jewelry, antiques, books and holiday goods. There was a traditional British Afternoon Tea that sold out for six sittings.

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The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare

When: Monday, November 10, 2014
Time: 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Where: Royall Hall, Room 111 on UMKC Campus, 800 E. 52nd St., KC. Mo.
Admission: Free, RSVP not necessary
Parking: Metered visitor parking south of Royall Hall. Click here to see a map for parking.  Click on the map image to view a full-size map. The yellow block labelled A44 is the best place to park.  The metered parking fee is nominal.

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Last Will. & Testament – A Repeat Screening of the Documentary Film

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm--snacks; 6:30 pm—film;
8:00 pm--discussion
Where: KC Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Cohen Room, lower level
Admission: Free.  Please call
Deborah McArdle at (913) 492-8753 to RSVP

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Meet the Past with Ernest Hemingway

Mark the centennial of Union Station and be part of the studio audience when KCPT's Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with a young, brash, and bold Ernest Hemingway, portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary, at Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theater.

Hemingway credited The Kansas City Star for shaping his inimitable writing style even though he spent a scant six months with the newspaper as a cub reporter.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre
Admission: Free, however, Reservations are required.

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ESU KC Branch Hosts Prof. Jonathan Rose, Author & Historian

The ESU Kansas City Branch hosted a successful and well-attended lecture program from the Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series with the acclaimed author and historian, Jonathan Rose, Professor of History at Drew University.  The lecture was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus at Grant Hall on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The free lecture was open to the public, educators and all students in the Kansas City Metro Area.

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