Kansas City, Missouri: Outdoor Films, a Book Signing and Musical Series

Once again this year Crown Center will offer free family films Friday nights on the Square. Screenings begin at 9 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. The schedule: June 27: Goonies July 11: Monty Python and the Holy Grail July 18: My Big Fat Greek Wedding July 25: My Fair Lady Book signing Authors Mike and Vicki Walker will sign copies of their book Cinemental Journeys, a guide to Midwest movie theaters from the Golden Age of Hollywood, at 1 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble on the Plaza. Musicals galore Classic Hollywood musicals will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Tivoli Theatre. Thom Poe, UMKC film educator, will conduct post-screening discussions. Admission is $3 (free to UMKC students and staff). The schedule: June 24: The Band Wagon : This backstage Broadway comedy teams Astaire and Cyd Charisse. July 1: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes : Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell go husband hunting on a trans-Atlantic cruise in this campy classic from 1953. July 8: Oliver! : In 1968 Charles Dickens' novel became an Oscar-winning screen musical. July 15: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg : A tragic romance between a shop clerk (the luminous Catherine Deneuve) and an auto mechanic is the basis for this 1964 French release in which all the dialogue is sung.

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