Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man
Monday, March 10, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Friday, March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
There was a shift in the experience of the medieval humans from being miserable, unquestioning, keep-your-head-down and don’t-make-waves commoners to citizens who entertained aspirations of becoming a Renaissance adventurer, creator, and scientist. Could Shakespeare’s characters have provided fuel for the intellectual fire? Actor John McDonald is our guide on this experiential tour of the 16th century. How can we access Shakespearean wisdom, apply it to our own lives and embody the spirit of adventure, creativity and curiosity to fuel a Renaissance for our time? John explores 16th century social and cultural change with six pieces from three plays: Henry the V, Macbeth, and Richard the II. John returned to his native Denver in 1986 after earning an MBA in Drama at The Catholic University of America. Since then he has taught, acted, and directed in local theatre extensively. John enjoys the language and poetry of Shakespeare and making it accessible to everyone. Two performances only! Free and open to the public. If you’d like to bring a school group to either performance, please call 720-865-1206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Recommended for middle school students and up.
Pardon Me, Shakespeare, But Your Slip Is Showing: Did a Woman Write the Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare?
Friday, March 28, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Author Robin P. Williams has been studying and writing about the authorship question for years. Her thorough research and study has led to the conclusion that the likely author of Shakespeare’s body of work is a woman – Mary Sidney. There are a lot of missing pieces in the life and times of William Shakespeare – little formal education, even less knowledge of or access to the royal court and politics, no evidence that he could write at all. Is it possible that William Shakespeare was a front for someone else who was well educated, had unique access to the royal court and was savvy regarding politics of the day? The very idea gives new meaning to the phrase behind every great man, there is a great woman. Williams is the first and only American who holds a Masters degree in Shakespearean Authorship; she is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation in contemporary study and community reading of Shakespeare. Ms. Williams will present a fascinating look at Mary Sidney, who is the focus of Williams' book, Sweet Swan of Avon. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public.
Who’s Your Rebel? @ DAM's Untitled #66
Friday, April 25, 6-10 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza
If you’ve got a bit of defiance in you, come to our event at the Denver Art Museum and find out who your rebellious artist guide is. We’ll ask you a few fun questions like ‘Would you be more likely to not make your bed or not vote in the next general election?’ – and your answers will connect you with your rebel artist. Once matched, you will create a mojo pendant using a thumbnail version of art by your rebellion mentor! What you do with your newfound defiant nature is no business of ours. DAMS Untitled is a great Friday night event every month. General admission for Untitled events is $10 and the Fresh City Life offering is free with admission. For more details, please visit the Denver Art Museum website.
Image: Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) by Andy Warhol
Shakespeare in Space: A Bard’s Birthday Party
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, join Fresh City Life and Shakespearean scholar Rachael Deagman for an exploration of space: the performance spaces that were the original stage for Shakespeare’s writing. We often think about William Shakespeare’s astonishingly rich and complex use of language and his clever experimentation with genre. But we should also remember that his plays were written to move from page to stage; that is to say, they were meant to be performed by embodied actors in a playing space. To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll learn about the public and private playhouses in London where the bard’s plays were put on. Did we mention there’d be cake? There will be cake. Free and open to the public.
Mommie Dearest Brunch
Featuring Mommie Dearest star Rutanya Alda (“Carol Ann”) In-Person!
Hosted by film critic and writer Walter Chaw
Saturday, May 10, noon-4:30 p.m. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax, 80206
Enjoy an afternoon with film and stage actress, Rutanya Alda, who played the long suffering maid, Carol Ann, to Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in the camp, cult classic Mommie Dearest. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be serving up Mom’s Day realness with a brunch fit for Hollywood royalty. Stay after the screening of Mommie Dearest for the most tasty scoop; Ms. Alda will be dishing up stories from her upcoming book, Mommie Dearest Diary, about playing opposite Faye Dunaway in the film that Faye won’t talk about. Host Walter Chaw will guide a post-film discussion and Ms. Alda will meet her fans in the theatre lobby after the film.
It will be a slice of old Hollywood, so grab your Mom (or leave her at home if you haven’t finished your Christmas card list) and enjoy a memorable day at the movies.
Stand up brunch begins at noon. Showtime is 1:15 p.m. Post screening reading and conversation to follow film. Tickets: $15 non-members / $12 members (Denver Film Society & library card holders). Purchase tickets at the box office or online at www.denverfilm.org.