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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.

Author! Author!

Animal Mineral Radical

Fresh City Life My Branch presents 4 upcoming author events that you won't want to miss!

All events are free and open to the public. Authors will have their books available to sell and sign!

Nyckelharpa. It sounds prettier than it sounds.

Denver Public Library's Schlessman Hall hosts some of Colorado's most talented musicians in the Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series -- free! This Saturday, concert-goers will hear the strange and beautiful sounds of the nyckelharpa played by Sandra Wong.

The nyckelharpa might be the duck-billed platypus of the music world. Swedish in origin, it combines the strings of a violin, the shape of steel guitar or violin and keys used to change tones or pitch. A cousin of the hurdy gurdy, this odd instrument always delights audiences.

How Does Hollywood Cry Uncle? Get Bruce!

When you laugh at something funny that an actor or entertainer has said at an awards show, in an interview or as patter in a concert event -- you likely have this man to thank. Hollywood's secret weapon is exposed in the documentary Get Bruce!

Check out this funny documentary at our upcoming film night at the library:

Get Bruce!(1999), Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-9 p.m., Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Ending April & Welcoming May!

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Say goodbye to April in your own way with Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs!

Join the Denver World Music Studio and learn some Afro Cuban Rhythms: Drumming on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Sam Gary Branch. Slap, tap, and move! Hand drums provided. We'll cover drumming from congas to the deep tradition of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and music.

Author and Holocaust Survivor, Jack Adler, Speaks at DPL

Born in Pabianice, Poland in 1929, Jack Adler and his family were swept into the terror of the Nazi concentration camps. His parents and four siblings all perished at the hands of the Nazis. In his powerful and inspiring firsthand account, Y: A Holocaust Narrative, Jack (Yacob) tells his story and describes his struggle to survive, overcome and regain a sense of joy about being alive.

Going On: A Lone Survivor’s Story
Sunday, April 21, 3-4:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Please RSVP

Everyone Has a Story To Tell. Get Yours Published.

"I publish my own books, so there isn't a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Denver Public Library hosts a workshop designed to help writers navigate the changing world of self-publishing.

In 2008, there was a paradigm shift in the publishing world: more book titles were self-published than published through traditional means. In 2009, 76% of new book titles came into being by self-publishing. London-based author Dean Fetzer is leading the charge for the brave new world of publishing. He helms our upcoming workshop focused on self-publishing for new authors.

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