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Saturday Sessions: Great Music in the Great Hall

If you are casting about for something to do on the weekends, check out our Saturday Sessions at Central Library. Schlessman Hall becomes a concert venue every Saturday at 2 p.m. for a free concert. Pick out a summer read, grab a new dvd or two, get a cup of coffee at our cafe and then enjoy beautiful music from one of our local musicians. This Saturday's concert features guitarist, Laurie Dameron, who has mastered a number of styles and genres for her popular concerts all over Denver and Boulder. Check out her video below for her jazz guitar rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Oh and What is a Hashtag???

oh and what is a hashtag???

Ok, I’ve heard this comment from so many otherwise tech savvy people that I’d like to take a moment to explain hashtags. There are many explanations on the internet- but here’s mine, short and sweet (I hope).

A hashtag is a pound sign (#) in front of a word or series of words that becomes a clickable link to everything else that has the same hashtag in the place where it’s posted (say, twitter or Facebook). In effect, it has two functions.

Oscar Wilde's Pink Lemonade Stand

Fresh City Life will be celebrating Denver PrideFest this Saturday with a lemonade stand and button making station on Acoma Plaza. This will be our second annual stint hosting a refreshment stand in the name of one of the greatest GLBT authors in history -- Oscar Wilde. During a promotional tour in 1882, Oscar actually came to Denver and lectured at the opera house here and in Leadville. He stayed as the guest of Horace Tabor and was well-received by most of Denver's citizens.

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

The Nostalgia of B-Movies

The Thing from Another World (1951)

Awwwww that classic B-Movie and all of its glorious footage.

June 17, 1994 - 20 Years Later

June 17, 1994  ESPN 30for30

June 17th, 1994 was a banner day in sports history and in the history of broadcasting.

As described in the liner notes for June 17th, 1994, ESPN's 30for30 documentary film:

Remembering Candy Givens and Zephyr

If you picked up a newspaper on January 27th, 1984, the big news was Michael Jackson's head catching fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. A less splashy story was the accidental death of Candy Givens, the 37-year old singer, songwriter and harmonica player of the bluesy Boulder hard rock band Zephyr.

I Have Health Insurance... Now What?

Image of insurance card - Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield

Have you received your new health insurance card in the mail? Maybe a packet of additional information that leaves you with some questions? In Colorado, almost 135,000 of us enrolled in new health insurance through Connect For Health Colorado!

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls....featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls Who Survived Life’s Infernos Whether They Wanted To Or Not Featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

On display June 17 - 28
Cousins Gallery - Level 3
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Artist Chat:
Wednesday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - what is he singing about?

We didn't start the fire

Things seem to come in waves.  I read something the other day about Billy Joel flubbing the lyrics to his very own "We Didn't Start the Fire" and then slamming it for being the worst thing he's ever written.  It's definitely one of those tunes you can't get out of your head but who could possibly memorize all of it!  

Then I heard it on the radio or somewhere like that... who knows, could have been Spotify, a car driving by, Pandora, elevator music.  

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