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Harmony Project KC Leads To Classroom Success, Bryan Cranston's 'Life In Parts,' And Local Listen

In a time of diminishing budgets, guest host Brian Ellison learns how fine-arts program Harmony Project is helping underserved kids in Kansas City do better in school. Then, actor Bryan Cranston says a large part of his successful career has to do with hard work and good luck. This week's Local Listen features the classic rock band Kansas, touring in support of its first album since 2000.

Margaret Martin, Harmony Project's founder, will discuss her work, and the power of music, at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.

In an event co-sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Middle of the Map, Bryan Cranston will trace his career and memoir, 'A Life in Parts,' at Uptown Theater  at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 21. For ticketing information, go to RainyDayBooks.com.

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