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It's Kinky Boots Time in Denver

PR shot from the film Kinky Boots

In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.

To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.

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.

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.

Into Every Life a Little Roald Dahl Must Fall: Tales to Flap the Unflappable

Illustration, The Landlady by Wesley Ryan Clapp

Our third installment of the newly-minted Brown Bag Mysteries creeps to life with a tale from Roald Dahl. The famed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a master of witty, off-kilter writing that leaves the reader feeling unsettled and delighted all at the same time. Tuesday's adult storytime presentation of The Landlady is just such a story.

Brown Bag Mysteries – Storytime for Adults

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Flawless

Despite his untimely death in February of this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman left a legacy of superlative screen credits. While his acting is often discussed in relation to his roles in big box office films like Along Came Polly and Capote, he created a truly diverse oeuvre during his brief life. This Tuesday, our Denver Public Library film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Men in Drag, continues with Flawless -- one of Hoffman's most eccentric and flawless performances on screen.

Saturday Sessions: Divertimento: Flamenco Denver

Cool off while our great hall heats up with a bright and earthy sounds of traditional flamenco music. This free concert includes invitational dancers and live music. Another reason to love Denver -- free concerts at the library every Saturday.

Flamenco Denver
Saturday, June 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Eat To The Beat: Lunchbox Music Series

Debuting in the summer of 2013, the Lunch Box Music Series creates a respite for downtown workers at noon on Thursdays. A diverse calendar of concerts has been planned through September. This Thursday's concert welcomes one of Denver's most exceptional pianists.

Jeff Jenkins
Thursday, June 12, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Agatha Christie Serves Up Suspense At Brown Bag Mysteries

Caricature of Agatha Christe by artist Rocky Sawyer

Agatha Christie has kept the world turning the pages of her mystery stories for almost 100 years. She is arguably the most popular and well-known female author in the world. While writing dozens of mystery stories and novels, she was also a celebrated dramatist whose play, The Mousetrap, holds the record as the longest running play on the London stage. On this Tuesday at our Brown Bag Mysteries, we're showcasing a story about investigator Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's greatest detective and insufferable genius. Grab some lunch and join us!

Dustin Hoffman Thought He'd Be Prettier -- As a Woman

Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.

Madame Defarge Toasts Irish Crochet In a New Workshop

Fresh City Life debuts a brand new fibers workshop tonight: Drunken Irish Lace. Riffing on the traditional methods of connecting crochet motifs into a larger piece, our teachers are bringing crochet to the edge of modernity. 

Drunken Irish Lace
Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

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