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Nature in Paperclay®: Crafting for the Masses

Rose designed by Emma Ginsberg

Fresh City Life started Crafts for the Masses last year to provide an opportunity for a lot of like-minded creatives to be in a big room to make and learn together. We like to think of Crafts for the Masses as Reverend Sun Myung Moon mass wedding -- except for crafts. And less commitment.

Crafts for the Masses: Nature in Paperclay®
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

darn@DAM: The Banality of Words

Fresh City Life takes our show on the road with the Denver Art Museum’s last Friday events – untitled. These wildly popular evenings are a chance to enjoy the collection of the DAM and meet new people. Untitled #57: Darn, celebrates all the meanings of that word from correcting or repairing knitted and woven items to its very unimpressive use as an expletive.

Untitled: Darn at DAM
Friday, May 31, 6-10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

Camp Gitchacrafton -- retro crafting at summer camp

We're going to camp out -- just for one night of crafting fun. Our third annual Etsy Craft Party coincides with the national and international Etsy parties being held at the same time. Actually, ours is a day ahead of the official date, so you can be the first crafters of the camping season.

Camp Gitchacrafton
Wednesday, June 19, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park
144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Serving Festival Realness At Denver Pride

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde

Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is proud to join Denver’s GLBT community at this year’s PrideFest. Take a break from all the pageantry in Civic Center Park and join us inside the McNichols Building for some interior gaiety. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the McNick. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be sampling cooling beverages and FCL will be helping you make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating famous faces or quotes from queer history.

Jon Sousa In Concert at DPL This Saturday

The Weekend Music Series at Central Library continues this weekend with a free concert featuring acoustic guitarist, Jon Sousa.

A friendly and generous musician based out of Boulder, Colorado, Jon is best known for his love of traditional Irish music, solo fingerstyle guitar, and rock music. He approaches the guitar with tenderness and a depth of feeling that is rare.

Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa
Saturday, May 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Summer Brown Bag Music Series -- free concerts every Thursday in June

Get out of your cubicle jungle for an hour and join us for our summer music series. With a gorgeous view of the park, and access to our balcony, you’ll be serenaded while you have lunch. Grab some food on the way and our friends at Whole Foods Market will supply something sweet to send you back to the office in a state of bliss.

Our first concert will be:

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras (Two Voices, Two Guitars)
Thursday, June 6, Noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina will be playing unique, romantic Latin music that touches the hearts of audiences. Their music highlights the traditional sounds of Colombia, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba.

Check out the full schedule.

Avant-Garde Musician and Singer Helen Gillet Set To Perform at DPL

You should hear Helen Gillet work her magic as a singer and musician. (see video below) She's played for sold out audiences nationally and around the world. And she is touring this summer. 

Because we love Helen and we told her so, she is stopping at Denver Public Library for a free concert on Sunday, July 21. All for the love of libraries and making great music. 

You're invited. Save the date: Sunday, July 21@ 2p

Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy

London Author Dean Fetzer Hosted By DPL

With the debut of his fourth novel, Dead Silent, writer Dean Fetzer will be making a rare American appearance at Denver Public Library for a book talk and signing.

Dean Fetzer: Author Talk and Signing
Tuesday, May 14, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Tintinnabulation: Classic and Contemporary Song Played On Handbells

Bell ringing event, photographed in the Telegraph, UK

tintinnabulation: 1) the ringing or sounding of bells 2) a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells

Fresh City Life is making beautiful music with Arts & Venues Denver this year. Our shared May event, a concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers, continues a partnership of free and spectacular cultural programming.

Here's my street cred on this topic: I grew up attending a Presbyterian church and, in my experience, two things were always certain at church. First, during services, when the 'moment of fellowship' arrived and we were all supposed to turn to a relative stranger and greet them with a handshake or (gasp) hug, we instead would turn to one of our own family members and greet them -- with very restrained joy. And secondly, there was always a bell choir. Always. It's a tradition that I'm glad has continued on -- and I write that with joy unrestrained.

Icarus Fell. But First He Flew.

The Rotunda of Apollo, Louvre Museum

The Greek myth of Icarus, who tried to escape from Crete by flying on wings made of feathers and wax, is often used as an example of hubris and failed ambition. Icarus is warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. He disregards this and the wings collapse and he falls back to earth. But the lesson from this myth might be about taking chances and following your heart in spite of the risks.

I started thinking about the story a lot while I was in Paris last December. I thought perhaps I'd seen a painting of Icarus in one of my museum visits -- and somehow it had crept into my waking dreams. Then I went through my photos of the trip and found this image (top photo), from a ceiling in the Louvre museum. It depicts Icarus at the moment of his fall. But the part of the story I started to ponder most was his flight before the fall.

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