Efforts to marginalize Native Americans and their culture could not diminish their transformational impact on popular music, from the Delta blues and jazz to present-day hip-hop. Native artists such as electric guitar pioneer Link Wray, whose instrumental hit “Rumble” was banned from radio, and Jimi Hendrix, who was part Cherokee, forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll.
The prize-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World celebrates their influence, drawing perspective from a succession of stars – Robbie Robertson, Quincy Jones, Jackson Brown, Iggy Pop, Slash, Steven Tyler, and others – who knew them, played with them, and were inspired by them.
Join Kansas City PBS and The Bridge 90.9 for a screening and conversation with local indigenous artists at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Thursday, January 10th. All Native band, The Red and Blues, will perform during a reception beginning at 6 p.m.
Join Kansas City PBS and Strange Days Brewing Company for a watch party of the acclaimed documentary about PBS pioneer Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wear your best cardigan for our Mister Rogers photo booth, neighborly activities, and of course, Strange Days brews. Bring a new or gently used sweater or cardigan to donate to local people in need (via Synergy Services) and receive half off first full pour.
Attendees under 21 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In 1956, America announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the U.S.S.R. Jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck, along with their racially-integrated bands, would cross the globe to counter negative Soviet propaganda about racial inequality in America. But the unfolding Civil Rights movement back home forced these cultural ambassadors into a moral bind — How could they promote a tolerant image of America abroad when equality remained an unrealized dream? The PBS documentary The Jazz Ambassadors is the untold story of America’s coolest weapon in the Cold War and how jazz musicians fought back, winning Civil Rights a voice on the world stage when it needed one most.
Join Park University, the National Archives at Kansas City and Kansas City PBS for a special free screening of the film in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on the Park University Parkville Campus at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11.
Admission is free, but attendees are requested to RSVP here or call (816) 584-6214.
For over 30 years, Fred Rogers was beamed daily into homes across America where he and his cast of puppets and friends spoke simply and directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. There
wasn’t anything like Mister Rogers on TV before and there hasn’t been since.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, looks back on Rogers’ radical legacy of love and kindness. Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public Library for a free screening and honoring Fred Rogers’ commitment to children, a Neighbor Resource Fair before and after the screening with information on local organizations and volunteer opportunities for helping our youngest neighbors.
Please join us for a free reception beginning at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. RSVP here.
Join Kansas City PBS, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center and Museum for special screening and discussion of the groundbreaking series Finding Your Roots. Local experts will talk about resources, tips and tricks to help you on your genealogy journey.
Genealogists from the Midwest Genealogy Center will help “find the roots,” of a local public figure. The program is proceeded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a small group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors. Amidst personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.
Join KCPT, Swope Health and the Office of Rural Medical Education at the University of Kansas for a special, free screening and discussion of the film. Local physicians and experts will discuss the unique challenges of serving rural areas in Kansas and Missouri, as well as what barriers to health care both rural and urban communities face. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and all attendees are invited to a reception at beginning at 6 p.m.
Event is free, but RSVP is requested. Register here.
Nightly news cameras trained on the flames, the looting, and the chaos that gripped Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. Filmmaker Marilyn Ness sought, and found, more.
Her documentary Charm City offers an intimate portrait of those on the front lines of an epidemic of violence. For nearly three years—before, during, and after the rioting sparked by Gray’s fatal spinal injury in the back of a police van—Ness followed residents, community advocates, police, and government officials struggling to effect positive change in the troubled city. Their humanity became common ground, fostering hope amid the unrest.
Join Kansas City PBS and the Kansas City Public Library for a free screening of the 2018 film as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A discussion follows. RSVP here.
For 15 weeks, from the start of their season to the 2016 Alabama state tournament, the wrestlers at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School endured both the demands of their sport and the trials of life in a school and area where the odds were stacked against them. For a fortunate few, a college scholarship could offer a way out.
Filmmakers Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer offer an intimate, empathetic look into their experiences and challenges in the 2018 documentary Wrestle. It focuses on four wrestlers at J.O. Johnson – located in one of the city’s poorest areas and a fixture on the state’s list of failing schools – and their coach.
Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public Library for a free screening of the film followed by a discussion. RSVP here.
Join KCPT, the American Jazz Museum and the Mutual Musicians Foundation for a preview of Ken Burns’ Country Music and a demonstration of country music’s shared roots with blues and jazz by D Black (drums) and Sean Ewbank (banjo). After the program, cross the street to the Mutual Musicians Foundation for a performance by the Mutual Musicians Foundation Quartet led by James Hathaway.