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Sympathetic Strings: Modern Sitar

Chris 'Citrus' Sauthoff

The soulful music of the Indian sitar is an unmistakable sound of the East. Fresh City Life plays host to Denver's favorite sitar and tabla musicians this weekend.

Heart and Soul: Sitar and Tabla Concert

Saturday, March 23, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Imagine Denver 2020: Become an Owner of Your Creative Community

This morning, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, a great meeting was held to discuss the future of Denver's arts and culture. The huge room was filled with some of the brightest movers and shakers in Denver.

And me.

I was honored to add my salient thoughts to the abundance of ingenious ideas being shared. And soon enough, you will be asked to share your good ideas for Denver's cultural horizon. It will be a significant moment in which Denver asks it's citizens to become shareholders -- stewards -- of our cultural growth and integrity. 

Oscar Wilde's Salome: Cinema's First Art Film Plays at DPL

The film Salomé starring Russian-born American actress and producer Alla Nazimova is legendary -- for its cast (rumored to be all gay and lesbian), its delayed release (made in 1923, it wasn't viewed by American Audiences until 1937), its complete failure to capture a contemporary audience and its current reappraisal as one of the foremost art films in cinema history with a devoted fan base. Enjoy a rare screening of Salomé on our big screen!

Fresh City Life's first film series of the new year, Vamp: Femme Fatales of the Silent Era, wraps with an exquisite relic from the silver screen archives. It's a treasure!

Salomé (1923)
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

In Case Of Emergency, Eat This Book

I recently received Dr. Kessler's book, The End Of Overeating, in the mail. It was from my friend Mary, and included a sweet, heartfelt note that read, "In the event of an emergency, eat this book." Ahh, friends. So far, it's delicious.

Truthfully, Mary and I are both fighting a battle of the bulge. She is my cheerleader and I am hers. Last year, when Dr. Joel Fuhrman visited The Denver Public Library, I had the doctor sign a copy of his book Eat To Live for Mary and I mailed it to her for inspiration. 

Denver Public Library hosts Austin Piazzolla Quintet

APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet) was recently dubbed the Number-One-Not-To-Be-Missed group at the 2012 Houston International Festival. APQ has been stunning audiences in Austin and beyond since 2009. Featuring some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, APQ specializes in the intense and passionate compositions of the late Astor Piazzolla.

Nuevo Tango with APQ

Monday, April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Ellison Gallery, Level 7

Our Dancing Daughters: Hollywood's Zenith of the Jazz Era

Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters. Photo: Glamamor.com

A film considered the great apex of the silent film era, Our Dancing Daughters is a perfect time capsule of 1920s high society and a showcase for the young woman formerly known as Lucille Le Sueur -- Joan Crawford.

She rose to fame as the quintessential Jazz Baby -- a woman of social means and relaxed morals who was liberated of the corsets and sexual mores of the previous age. And Joan Crawford was embraced by American and international film fans as the ideal movie star. She remained a box office favorite until the late 1940s and never stopped being a star until her death in 1977.

Microfinance explained. Let's have a Kiki! (also, kiki explained)

Photo: The Art of Entertaining, Cinn. Ohio

Microfinance: A development approach which provides very small loans directly to poor individuals or families in poor areas so that they can start small businesses or expand their already-existing businesses. -- (From Routledge.com)

Kiki: A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. -- (From UrbanDictionary.com)

It's good to do good. It's good to meet new people, hang out and listen to music, and sample excellent local beers. It's a kiki when all of those things converge for one amazing night.

Micro Brews for Microfinance
Saturday, March 23, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Holocaust and Hope: Students Speak

Currently gracing the main display at the Central Library, these accordion books created by 7th and 8th graders at the Challenge School in Denver showcase the power of words combined with poignant imagery.

Holocaust Remembrance Art Exhibit
Friday, March 1 through Thursday, March 28
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

How do today’s middle-schoolers relate to the World Wars and the Holocaust? What can others learn from their reflections?

Madame Defarge University for Curious Knitters

FCL's Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon is designed to keep knitters and crocheters learning about their craft. March workshop features technique based knitting for professional finishing (and beginning). 

A Cast On of Thousands: All the Ways to Cast On and Bind Off
Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Denver Gay Men's Chorus Is Bringing Soul To a Free Concert

Poster for upcoming DGMC concerts

Fresh City Life and The Denver Public Library are proud to host this concert -- a part of our continuing partnership with The Denver Gay Men's Chorus.

Hope you can join us for this special (and free) event: The DGMC has put together a set of music that is both secular and spiritual. The choir will be led by their guest Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

Music Down In Our Souls: The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus

Saturday, March 2, 1-2 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

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