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Rutanya Alda: Notes on The Deer Hunter

Film and stage actress Rutanya Alda has a great memory about her work in film. Her Mommie Dearest Diaries, a diary of her work in and recollections of making the movie, Mommie Dearest, is currently awaiting its publishing home. In tribute to her eclectic career in film and honoring her upcoming visit to Denver, Fresh City Life is showing two of her other well-known movies -- The Deer Hunter and When a Stranger Calls.

Frida Kahlo's Bodega del Botón

Fresh City Life is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a booth just outside the west entrance of the library. Look for our bright, fiesta-colored tissue paper flowers! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have donated lemonade for you and we'll have all of our button makers in action so that you can make a little keepsake of the day.

Frida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del Botón
Sunday, May 4, noon-4 p.m.
Acoma Plaza near the west entrance of the Central Library

The Sound of Music Sing Along: An International Phenomenon

Given the fact that the real story of the Von Trapps is very different from the story told in the film musical, I wonder why the movie has become one of the most beloved in American cinema. 

Open Up Your Von Trapp and Sing

Join Fresh City Life for our first ever sing along film night! We've got the film cued up, there'll be fresh, hot popcorn and lots of fun and laughs. Don't hide your gift for singing show tunes in your big Ethel Merman voice -- share it with the world this Friday. And one lucky audience member will win tickets to the upcoming production of The Sound of Music set for this summer at the Buell Theatre!

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Classic Film Showing: Oklahoma! with Shirley Jones

Oklahoma!

It is arguably the finest musical ever translated to film. It's as big and colorful as the state it is named after; Oklahoma! debuts at the Denver Public Library Classic Film Series this Tuesday.

Oklahoma! (1955)
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Shakespeare: As She Likes It

The tantalizing theory that William Shakespeare is not the author of the works credited to him has been argued since the 19th century. "The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument that someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. Anti-Stratfordians—a collective term for adherents of the various alternative-authorship theories—say that Shakespeare of Stratford was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit." -- Wikipedia.com

I Have a Date With You: Helen Gillet in Concert at DPL

Helen Gillet

Belgian-born, New Orleans singer and cellist Helen Gillet is keeping her date with Denver. For three years, Helen has arranged a special, same-time-next-year date with Denver Public Library for an amazing concert. She plays her 2014 concert at DPL this Saturday.

Give the video below a listen, and I'm sure that you'll want to keep your date with Helen! She is a well-traveled and seasoned performer; but her music remains fresh and surprising. With elements of jazz and pop, Helen's music evokes French cabarets and always sounds cutting edge. Because it is. 

Shakespeare As Core-Shaker: Reinventing the Human

Shakespeare

Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.

Tina, bring me my tights: Joan Crawford's Torch Song as Swan Song

This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.

Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.

Be Mine, blah, blah, blah: Anti-Valentine's Day Party at DPL

If the treacle-y sweetness of Valentine's Day leaves you feeling not so loving, come sit next to us for a night of ironic, cinema fun. We're throwing our annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party and you're invited!

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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