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Lunch Box Music Series brings House of Joy to Central Library This Thursday

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.” --  Lord George Gordon Byron

House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Wizard Of Oz: Are You Yellow Brick Road Ready?

The jacket was originally hand-tailored for L. Frank Baum, Oz author.

It's the most watched film in cinema history. How well do you know the movie and its source novel? Click on the photo to reveal the correct answer.

1. The shabby, yet theatrical jacket (pictured left) worn by Professor Marvel was purchased for actor Frank Morgan at a second hand shop. One day on the set he turned over the lapel to discover the original owner of the jacket. Whose was it?

 

2. Did L. Frank Baum name Dorothy Gale after a real person?

 

 

3. What was used to tint the multi-colored "horse of a different color"?

It's All In the Details: Walking Tour with Photographer Amy Wright

Photo credit: Amy Wright

“I didn’t tell him that I grew up in an ugly city that taught me how to look between dust and rubbish and potholes to find a splinter of glass that looked like unmelting ice, beautiful in its defiance of the sun.” ― Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

Looking at your urban environment can be as exciting and thought-provoking as any pastoral vision.  Capture the rhythms and patterns of the city and it's architecture in a fun, community event. 

Spirit of the Celts With Guitarist Jerry Barlow

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., Fresh City Life, adult cultural programming at the Central Library, hosts a concert showcasing the best local musicians and even a few visiting guest artists. These concerts are always free and open to the public. Free concerts at the Central Library - another reason to get downtown! And this weekend's performer is the amazing fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow.

Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, August 16, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Flamenco Guitar Heats Up Our Lunch Box Music Series At Central Library

Celebrating the music that ignites dancers, this Flamenco guitar concert features one of Denver's finest traditional guitarists, Steve Mullins. It is different from classical guitar -- the player holds himself differently and the guitar itself is meant to be played fast with less 'sustain' than a classic guitar. This helps to keep the fast-paced Flamenco pieces from sounding muddy. In the hands of master guitarist Steve Mullins, the passion and color of Flamenco music is a fiery pleasure.

It's Only a Paper Moon, Sailing Over a Cardboard Sea: Music From a Bygone Era

Joe Rigley, Anne Rigley and Eric Woods

No Denver singer evokes the recordings of the early days of radio like Anne Rigley. Her voice is a beautiful blend of warm compassion with a hint of that old-fashioned metallic sound of a songbird behind a giant microphone. She breathes new life into classic songs and sentimental standards like It's Only a Paper Moon -- made famous in the film, Paper Moon (starring father/daughter team Ryan and Tatum O'Neal). For our Saturday concert, Ann is backed up by talented bass player, Joe Rigley and renowned banjo player, Eric Woods.

If You Ain't Got That Swing, Then You Ain't Got A Thing: Denver's Swing Knitting Workshop Begins

This detail of a knitted piece by expert fiber artist Ann Myhre is an example of one of the most exciting trends in knitting today -- swing knitting. Complex color schemes combine with a stitching technique called 'short rows' to create organic and structured squares. If you are ready for fun and challenging handwork, this is a perfect workshop to take your knitting into the future.

Swing Knits
Mondays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

director Sarah Polley

The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.

Knitters Need a Little Holiday Joy Now

Calling all knitters and crocheters. Fresh City Life is having a summer sale on all in-stock yarns. Our selection of yarns will be discounted from 20-30% off. And selected closeout yarns will be reduced to half price. It's a wonderful opportunity for crafters to grow their yarn stash a bit just before the autumn weather sparks an increase in knitting cold weather accessories and seasonal gifts. 

Fresh City Life Yarn Sale, July 7-31

Mariachi: A Unique Summer Concert

Mariachi - What Does It Mean?

Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi.

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