Engage with community issues through film with KCPT’s Indie Lens Pop-Up film series!
November’s film is Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
See a special free screening of the film on Friday, November 3rd at 6pm at the Gem Theater.
Event is presented by:
KCPT, The American Jazz Museum, The National Archives at Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group
Join KCPT for a night with Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman live at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland!
Arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player and recognized as the elite of the elite, Australia’s “Entertainer of the Year” and two-time Grammy nominee, Tommy Emmanuel delivers a dazzling performance with flair, unforgettable showmanship, flawless guitar skills and a voluminous repertoire that never fails to amaze and engage his fans.
David Grisman is a mandolinist with a long history of expanding the boundaries of bluegrass to include jazz and world music—the hybrid of these genres he’s labeled “dawg music” since the late ’70s.
Straight No Chaser (SNC) is the classic-meets-contemporary sensation whose unique blend of classic pop stylings and modern pop hits will deliver a music experience of a lifetime this fall. This group’s remarkable success has attracted a dedicated fanbase who appreciate their unmanufactured talents and joyous energies on stage. Join KCPT at The Speakeasy Tour for SNC’s stylistic diversity, musical and vocal skill SNC fans have come to love.
Don’t miss your opportunity to listen to Straight No Chaser’s SIX PACK: VOLUME 3 album, cracking open a number of contemporary pop hits and rock classics, highlighted by “Sweet Dreams/HandClap” – their one-of-a-kind mash-up of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”, Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap”, and their show-stopping “Beyoncé Medley”. Find this album and more below for your opportunity to support this public television station!
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Tune-in for the documentary Monday, January 15th at 8 p.m. on KCPT.
One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.
Attend a special, free screening of I Am Not Your Negro on Wednesday, January 10th at the Gem Theater.
Join Kansas City PBS in celebrating 10 years of tea, trivia and taste-making. We’ll recognize the comedies that make us laugh and the dramas and mysteries that tug at our heartstrings, all made possible by you and other supporters of British programming. So, bring your best character impressions, don your finest accessories, and get in the competitive spirit for this special celebration of the programs we love!
Nick Haines, KCPT Executive Producer of Public Affairs
Laurie Arbore, KCUR Afternoon Announcer and KCPT volunteer
Make your contribution below or call 1-888-203-1747 to reserve your seat inside the historic Drexel Hall.
Additional thanks for your support of British programming includes your name in the 2018 list of supporters shown around our BritCom programs on-air and in one KCPT Member Guide that goes to over 24,000 households.
Craig Sole Designs
Kansas City Irish Center at Drexel Hall
The English Plate Co.
From Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall to Spike Lee and Toni Morrison, the roll of alumni from the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is long and illustrious, underscoring the pivotal role they have played in American history, culture, and national identity.
The 2017 documentary Tell Them We Are Rising charts their history from the post-Civil War South – when they were African-Americans’ only avenue to higher education – and how they became a haven for black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries.
Join KCPT for a free screening of the film followed by a discussion with local HBCU graduates.
This event is presented in partnership with The Kansas City Public Library, The University of the Missouri – Kansas City, The Black Archives of Mid-America and The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, The National Archives at Kansas City, and the United Negro College Fund.
Dolores Huerta might be one of the most important – and yet least known – activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she was a tireless leader in the fight for racial and labor justice and emerged as one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
The 2017 documentary Dolores traces her fascinating life, from the fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to the activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco police squad. It also takes an unflinching look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they’re fighting for.
Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public Library for a free screening and discussion of the film with community partners including: Stand Up KC, Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Committee, University of Missouri Kansas City, The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity, National Archives at Kansas City, League of United Latin American Citizens, El Centro.
Inspired by the popular series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kansas City PBS has partnered with the Midwest Genealogy Center to offer an exclusive opportunity to help you explore incomplete and unknown narratives of your family history with a genealogy librarian of the Midwest Genealogy Center. In this 2-hour consultation, you are encouraged to bring your questions, photos, heirlooms and oral histories to start or continue your ancestral journey.
- Consultation appointments available starting April 1 – Nov. 1, 2018
- Up two (2) persons allowed to attend consultation
- Consultation length: Two (2) hours
- No items are required in advance of consultation; items and questions should be ready at the time of consultation
- Consultation should not be mistaken for genealogy research by Midwest Genealogy Center.
- Consultation appointments scheduled by donor with Midwest Genealogy Center after instruction letter is received from Kansas City PBS (KCPT).
- Call 1-888-203-1747 or complete the form below to make your contribution for your ticket to begin your ancestral journey with Kansas City PBS.
Kansas City PBS has organized this event in partnership with Midwest Genealogy Center.
Wendell Berry is often called a “prophet for rural America.” The 83-year-old essayist, novelist, and poet–one of our country’s most important living writers–has famously championed agrarian life while living and farming since 1965 in Henry County, Kentucky.
Now, he’s seeing industrial agriculture creep into the land he loves. The 2016 documentary Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky examines that changing landscape and the shifting values of rural America as seen in Berry’s mind’s eye.
The event is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access —as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view.
Prior to the screening there will be demo’s by Science City educators, as well as a Bill Nye photobooth.
Event is family-friendly and free with RSVP.
Bill Nye: Science Guy will air on the award-winning documentary series POV April 18 at 9 p.m. on KCPT.