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Mariachi: A Unique Summer Concert

Mariachi - What Does It Mean?

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

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras: Lunch Box Music in the Great Hall

They dazzled at our lunchtime music series last season -- and they're back for an encore performance. Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina make beautiful music together. Both are strong solo performers, but their duets are transporting. They are two voices as one. Don't miss this spectacular concert performance by Denver's musical masters.

It's Kinky Boots Time in Denver

PR shot from the film Kinky Boots

In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.

To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.

Saturday Sessions: Great Music in the Great Hall

If you are casting about for something to do on the weekends, check out our Saturday Sessions at Central Library. Schlessman Hall becomes a concert venue every Saturday at 2 p.m. for a free concert. Pick out a summer read, grab a new dvd or two, get a cup of coffee at our cafe and then enjoy beautiful music from one of our local musicians. This Saturday's concert features guitarist, Laurie Dameron, who has mastered a number of styles and genres for her popular concerts all over Denver and Boulder. Check out her video below for her jazz guitar rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Garbo Laughs -- Tonight

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka

See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'

Ninotchka (1939)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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. 

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.

Promises, Promises: Coming Events for the New Year

The Fresh City Life team is working hard to create and schedule some terrific events in 2014. We'll be celebrating Shakespeare's birthday in March, booking lots of great musicians, and we've even got some new cards up our sleeves. Keep an eye on our full Fresh City Life calendar as new event listings will be popping up each week.

January is a time for renewal and reawakening. FCL promises to bring you possibilities for both!

Great music events are already booked -- with Mike DeLalla kicking off our Weekend Music Series on Saturday, January 11 at 2p. Mike is considered one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the U.S.

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