Presentation Explores Vaudeville Entertainment at Baseball Games

NEWS RELEASESchedule change to NOV. 2nd at 5 PM

Presentation Explores Vaudeville Entertainment at Baseball Games

 david sutera

 

[La Cygne] –Library District #2 of Linn County & La Cygne Historical Society in La Cygne will host “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World,” a presentation and discussion by David Sutera on Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 PM at the Swan Room in the library @ 209 N. Broadway.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Library at 913-757-2151 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

This is a part of our Hometown Teams Partner Grant.

Baseball fans at today’s minor league baseball games are entertained from both on and off the field. Quirky events like the dizzy bat competition, mascot races, Star Wars theme nights, and even monkeys riding border collies harken back to the vaudeville shows of yesteryear. This talk will explore the fun and wacky ways minor league baseball continues to grow its audience in an era of sophisticated sports and entertainment options.

David Sutera is a PhD student in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he also teaches. He has published two books about sports, including one about the vaudeville entertainment elements at minor league baseball games.

“Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. The event is partially supported by generous gifts from the Johnson County Community College Foundation and the Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission to honor the memory of Fred Krebs, a lifelong advocate of the humanities in Kansas.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.

For more information about “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World” in La Cygne contact the Library at 913-757-2151 or visit www.lacygnelibrary.org.  REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM.  PLEASE JOIN US!

 

 

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