Moon Over Panama

Moon Over Panama: 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Moon Over Panama
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal

Friday, August 15, 2014
Linda Hall Library Courtyard

Event Chairs
Dr. Enrique and Vilma Chaves

Event Hosts
Linda Hall Library Board of Trustees & President Lisa Browar

Spend an evening in the tropics in your floral prints, white linen, and best straw hats while sipping a cool beverage as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal's official opening Panamanian style.
    Buffet Dinner
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Authentic Panamanian Food
  • Beer & Festive Drinks
  • Festive Attire
  • Live Music and Dancers
  • Archival film footage of the Panama Canal's opening available for viewing in the Deramus Cosmology Theater
  • Followed by a free film screening at 7:30 p.m. of
    Arsenic and Old Lace

Ticket Price: $15 per person (includes buffet for one, two drink tickets)
This event is sold out. However, we welcome you to visit the Panama Canal Centennial Exhibition at the Library through December 31 or consider making reservations for one of our Fall Lectures.
For other information, please call 816.926.8774 or email

Name the movie featuring two spinster aunts who murder lonely gentleman callers with homemade arsenic-laced elderberry wine; a nephew who looks like Boris Karloff; and a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs lock for the Panama Canal? It's Arsenic and Old Lace - of course!

Arsenic and Old Lace is the 1944 classic directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play of the same name. Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, the twin brothers behind Casablanca, wrote the screenplay. A dark comedy revolving around the Brewster family whose members were descended from the Mayflower but now consists of insane homicidal maniacs. In the midst of this chaos, Cary Grant deals with his crazy relatives, fends off the Brooklyn police, and debates marriage to the woman he loves. The New York Times called Arsenic and Old Lace "good macabre fun." Variety declared, "Capra's production captures the color and spirit of the play." Also starring Raymond Massey, Priscilla Lane, and Peter Lorre.
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