Humanities Happenings: 09/04-09/06

Still image from "Un Hombre de Exito" film trailer. Trailer courtesy sociedadhidalgo.org.

Still image from Un Hombre de Exito film trailer. Trailer courtesy sociedadhidalgo.org.

Celebrate Labor Day weekend and back-to-school (or, beat the back-to-school blues) with this weekend’s Humanities Happenings!

St. George: “Backyard Brawl”
Watch Wamego High School take on Rock Creek High School in their annual rival football game, “The Backyard Brawl.” This event is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. Sponsored by Wamego Public Library. September 4th at Rock Creek Junior Senior High School at 5:00pm. Click here for details.

Basehor: Tracks
Told in the voices of tribal patriarch Nanapush and young mixed-blood Pauline, Louise Erdrich’s Chippewa saga, Tracks, revolves around the mysterious Fleur Pillager, sorceress, seductress, determined to save her ancestral land at all costs. 226 pp. This book is from the TALK series, “Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s.” TALK book discussion led by Deborah E. Peterson. September 4th at Basehor Community Library at 10:00am. Click here for details.

Topeka: “VOICES & VISIONS”
Exhibition of artwork related to “Visions of Right,” a theatrical performance that explores personal identity, ethics, and tolerance. The exhibition is free and open to the public. This event is part of “VOICES AND VISIONS: A Community Discussion Inspired by VISIONS OF RIGHT,” a series of public programs that examine the social issues connected to the play. Sponsored by Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble. September 4th at Warehouse 414 at 7:00pm. Click here for details.

Lenexa: Bel Canto
An American opera singer, a Japanese industrialist, a French diplomat with skills in the kitchen, and a translator who falls in love with a Latin-American terrorist are taken hostage by revolutionary terrorists in an unnamed Latin American embassy. Low comedy and high suspense, romance and tragedy blend in Ann Patchett’s Orange Prize-winning Bel Canto, inspired by the actual seizure of the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Peru by Tupac Amaru guerillas in 1996. 352 pp. This book is from the TALK series, “Entangled World.” Marilyn E. Klaus leads the TALK book discussion. September 5th at 2:00pm at Lakeview Village Retirement Community at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Topeka: “Kansas Fish Markets”
Barbara Higgins-Dover, Director of the Kansas Riverkings Museum, presents public programs in Leavenworth, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence that explore the history of commercial fishing and fish markets along the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Sponsored by Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. September 5th at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Overland Park: Un Hombre de Exito
In Un Hombre de Exito (A Successful Man), Javier Arguelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana, from 1932 to 1959, while his brother Dario is persecuted and killed because of his leftist ideas. Louis Imperiale, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri, Kansas City leads the film discussion. The screening and discussion are part of the Latin American Cinema Festival XXIV, which features weekly films with topics that encourage a better understanding of Latino culture and traditions. Each film is introduced and discussed by a humanities scholar. All discussions are bilingual. Sponsored by Sociedad Hidalgo, Inc. September 5th at Rio Theatre at 11:00am. Click here for details.

Find out more about upcoming KHC-supported events by visiting our calendar.