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The 2013 Paris Holiday Market: Celebrate with local creatives at a French-inspired festival

Enjoy a touch of Parisian style at this market featuring local creatives showing their handmade and exclusive goods. And keep up with the best  Fresh City Life programs and events.

Paris Holiday Market
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Our Concert Season Finale: Julian Toha's Immersion Tour at Denver Public Library

Julian Toha

How good can our Denver Public Library music season get? Check out our finale concerts to hear for yourself -- starting with Julian Toha's experimental, new and classical music.  Fresh City Life events and programs.

Julian Toha: Immersion Tour
Tuesday, November 5, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Indian Summer: Bollywood Film Series this August

Saawariya

No one tells a Hollywood fantasy like Hollywood -- with the exception of India. Bollywood is India's cinematic love letter to Hollywood film style.

They are big and bold; saturated with color and costumes; replete with beautiful music and romantic story lines. Bollywood is Hollywood magnified ten times. Denver Public Library samples some of the finest Bollywood has to offer with three exceptional films in August. Free and open to the public.

Debut Novelist Imogen Binnie Wields a Powerful, New Voice in Trans Literature

Meet author Imogen Binnie at our event highlighting her debut novel, Nevada.

Imogen Binnie's distinctive voice as a writer has been heard in zines and short fiction anthologies.

Author Kristen Ashley Takes Denver By Storm

If there is truth to the writer's credo, "write what you know" -- Kristen Ashley is leading an exciting life! You'll have a chance to meet this prolific and popular author at the library this September. 

Kristen Ashley has a soft spot for the Denver Public Library. She started her writing career here in Denver and often wrote and did research in our libraries. And now she wants to say thank you to DPL and to all of her loyal readers. Kristen is coming to Denver for a special event to meet her fans and raise funds for one of her favorite places - Denver Public Library.

An Evening with Kristen Ashley
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Shopping with Joan Crawford: This Isn't Her First Time At The Grocery Store

Joan Crawford filmed several public service ads to promote American grocery stores, but you can't miss the product placement for the company for whom she was really shilling. This nostalgic 1965 advertisement is a reminder that we need to take charge of our own eating and food choices. Unless you'd prefer Joan to do all of your shopping for you. Which I kind of would.

Our Chef Shellie brings great information and tasty sampling to our cooking event this Saturday.

Better Living Through Ignoring Chemistry: or How to Stop Being Part of a Dangerous Experiment
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
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Save the date: Author Imogen Binnie visits Denver Public Library: Tuesday, August 13

Imogen Binnie

One of the powerful, new voices in transgender literature, Imogen Binnie is a writer to watch. She'll be visiting Denver Public Library for an author talk and book signing this August.

Meet the author of Nevada and the zines The Fact That It’s Funny Doesn’t Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Imogen Binnie's work has been anthologized in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, released in Fall 2012.

How Much Do You Know About What You Put In Your Mouth? Buy Whole Food - Eat Whole Food

Starting on Saturday, July 13, Chef Shellie Kark is going to get us all sorted out with her three-part series titled United State of Food. After this series, you'll be a confident food consumer making great choices for healthy eating. 

COOKING DEMOS: UNITED STATE OF FOOD
Workshops, cooking demos and films centered on food culture, food politics, wellness and how to find the best, healthiest food to eat. These three cooking demos (two in July and one in August) will be our last cooking demos for 2013 – and they’ll be fun, educational and tasty. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Here’s to eating and living better in Denver!

Outdoor and Up, Up and Away! Free movie outside the library tonight!

Come rain or shine -- Fresh City Life is hosting our first outdoor movie tonight. We're featuring Pixar's new classic UP.

Bring a blanket or your favorite camp chair, and we'll have extra chairs, too, so you can travel light. Judith, from our film series committee, will be on hand to sell some cooling beverages and snacks.

It will be a fun, experimental event. And not to worry, if the weather becomes too threatening, we're all set to move into the basement for the evening. Showtime is dusk (about 8:45p) and we look forward to seeing you for this great flick.

 

These Things Happened: A Road Trip to Topeka's Equality House

Photo of Equality House painted siding by Chris Loffelmacher

On a recent trip to visit my family in Oklahoma, I was able to take a road trip with my dad to Topeka, Kansas and visit the newly painted and recently founded Equality House. Just across from the Westboro Baptist Church, the Equality House draws hundreds of visitors just like me every day.

While I was there, a whole family was being photographed in front of the house by Equality House's founder, Aaron Jackson. After he photographed them, he turned to us and said, "Would you like me to take your picture?" As I handed him my camera, I said, "If it's not too much trouble," and Aaron replied, "I do it about 150 times a day; no trouble at all."

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