After months on the festival circuit, director Joe Winstons documentary Whats the Matter With Kansas companion to the Thomas Frank book of the same name comes to Lawrence for its local debut. Kicking off its weeklong run at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, 785-749-1972) is tonights 7 p.m. premiere, attended by Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a strong presence in the movie. Winstons film doesnt strain to answer Franks question; theres no narration, and self-described redneck Teske and the other onscreen Kansans speak to the complex legacy of a conservative heartland thats indebted to the liberal New Deal. Tonights screening, for which tickets cost $10 ($8 for students), benefits the Kansas Democratic Party. See libertyhall.net for details.
Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., 2009