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Fri, July 9th - 7:00pm
Virtual Cinema a Go-Go!
Virtual Cinema a Go-Go!

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Talent scout hears hipster terrorist gang leader singing along with jukebox and offers him a shot at stardom but the would-be star's pals aren't happy with his shot at fame and get him mixed up in murder! That's on KPR's next Virtual Cinema a Go Go, when we'll be screening The Beatniks (1960), a totally flipsville beatnik teen tale directed by Paul Frees (the voice of Boris Badenov on TV's Rocky and Bullwinkle).

 

 

Unfortunately, despite the title there are NO actual beatniks in the title.  The movie's original title was Sideburns and Sympathy but apparently someone was under the impression that "beatnik" means something along the lines of "delinquent" or "hoodlum". 

Eddie Crane (Tony Travis) and his gang of punks are perfectly happy, robbing mom-and-pop stores and boozing it up. Then one day a leathery talent agent overhears Eddie singing along with the jukebox and decides he just might be the next Fabian(!). As Eddie is whisked away to the bright lights, TV shows and romance, his delinquent pals are jealous, especially Mooney (Peter Breck) who goes absolutely nuts in one of the great examples of overacting in cinema history.  Mooney's not about to let Eddie leave him behind, so he murders a bartender and frames Eddie for the crime.  Good times.

Also on the show, a great short film from Lawrence's own Centron Studios - What About Juvenile Delinquency? (1955), shot right here in Lawrence, KS!  It's all about what happens when a troubled teen drops out of a gang after they mug his father for his pencil. That must be some pencil.

Virtual Cinema a Go Go is free!  All you need to do is provide your name and email address in this web form, and you'll receive the exclusive log-in information for the event. 
 

 

 

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Thu, July 29th - 6:30pm
KPR Presents Book Club: Sitting Pretty
KPR Presents Book Club: Sitting Pretty

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Ready to jump into the next book in the KPR Presents Book Club series? Join us in reading Sitting Pretty: The View from my Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig. Disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another. By exploring this truth in poignant and lyrical essays, Taussig illustrates the need for more stories and more voices to understand the diversity of humanity. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story. 

You can register for the event HERE. The event will take place on July 29, via Zoom and will feature a discussion with Taussig and our very own Kaye McIntyre. When you sign up, you should receive an email with the Zoom link for the event. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder, or email Christy Imel at christyimel@ku.edu.

You can buy the book online at Raven Book Store or check it out at your local public library.

Join the discussion ahead of time by joining the KPR Presents Book Club Facebook page. Meet fellow readers and enjoy discussing new novels together.

This event requires access to a Zoom account. You can download Zoom here. In order to view the meeting properly, make sure to download the latest version of Zoom even if you already have Zoom. Once you are in the meeting, you will need to make sure you have selected Speaker View in order to see just the speakers during the event. When you get to the Zoom download page, you will select "Zoom client for meetings." Once you have that downloaded, open the app and create your Zoom account - that way you'll be ready to go for the event on July 29!

Thu, July 29th - 6:30pm

 
 
 
 

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