Humanities Happenings: 09/11-09/13

POSTDATE The Native Types -- Yogini (after a 16th-century Deccani painting). © Pushpamala N., 2001. Image courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

From POSTDATE:  The Native Types — Yogini (after a 16th-century Deccani painting). © Pushpamala N., 2001. Image courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Five Kansas communities, – La Cygne, Wichita, Overland Park, Dodge City, and Meade– are ready for you to attend their humanities events this weekend. Plus, don’t forget about all the Hometown Teams activities happening, including the Smithsonian exhibition in Perry and the Hometown Teams Partner Site activities in Cottonwood Falls, Eudora, Larned, North Newton, and Wamego.

La Cygne: Friday Night Football
The public is invited to commemorate the 1970 La Cygne High football state championship team. Listen to radio broadcast and film footage from the game. Afterwards, join community members for a Prairie View High School football game, where they attempt to break an attendance record set in 1970. This event supports “What Binds Our Community Together? It’s Hometown Teams!,” a special exhibit sponsored by the LaCygne Historical Society, a “Hometown Teams,”  Partner Site. September 11th at Linn County Library District 2 at 5:00pm. Click here for details.

Wichita: Evolution of the Soda Fountain
Relive the glory days of the soda fountain where tonics and curatives evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream. Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop prompted Kansas pharmacists to make more ice cream concoctions and add food to keep their evolving fountain sideline business profitable. Cindy Higgins, Speakers Bureau, also explores soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation. You can even enjoy an old-fashioned root beer float after the program. September 12th at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Overland Park: Luna Escondida
In Luna Escondida (Hidden Moon), the son (Wes Bentley) of a wealthy man whose funeral is disrupted by the presence of a mysterious Latin American woman (Ana Serradilla), sets out to salvage his family’s reputation by figuring out the exact nature of the woman’s relationship with his deceased father. His search brings him all the way down to Mexico, where he’s shocked to find that while uncovering her identity, he has also fallen in love with a woman who belongs to someone else. Tamara Falicov, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas, 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 12th at Rio Theatre at 11:00am. Click here for details.

The public is invited to the opening of “POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India,” an exhibition that explores the 1947 partition of India. Gallery talk provided by guest curator Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Hear a selection of recorded audio stories from the 1947 Partition Archive and enjoy South Asian music and dance performances. Exhibit on display through December 13th. September 12th at Ulrich Museum of Art at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

Dodge City: The Day of the Locust
“It is hard to laugh at the need for beauty and romance, no matter how tasteless, even horrible, the results of that need are. But it is easy to sigh,” declares Tod, the narrator of Nathanael West’s Hollywood satire. Tod is a painter, but his work is background and costumes; aspiration rather than achievement defines him. His painting, The Burning of Los Angeles, foreshadows the novel’s violent climax. 126 pp. This book is from the TALK series, “The 1930s.” William Clyde Brown leads the TALK book discussion. September 12th at Dodge City Public Library at 4:00pm. Click here for details.

Meade: Farmer Boy
While author Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up in the little house on the prairie, Almanzo Wilder was living on a big farm in New York state. With chores from dawn to dinner, but plenty of time for fun, Almanzo’s childhood is a celebration of the self-sufficient family farm. 372 pp. This book is from the TALK series, “Coming of Age in Rural America.” Rachel Waltner Goosen leads the TALK book discussion. Sponsored by Friends of Meade Public Library. September 12th at Meade Public Library at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

For information about KHC-supported events this fall, visit our calendar.