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The Phantom of Crossroads Theatre: Singer Marta Burton brings a little illumination to Five Points

Cover art for a 1920 edition of Phantom of the Opera

Crossroads Theatre hosts Marta Burton and Nick Rossi in Dark Duets- The Phantom of the Opera.

The first time I saw The Phantom of the Opera, I was entranced with everything about the production -- from the costumes to the staging. But it was the music, so dark and dreamy, that lingered long after the curtain fell. Fresh City Life has got a special treat for your Halloween goodie bag: a special FREE concert with Denver's premier chanteuse Marta Burton performing with her 'phantom,' Nick Rossi at Denver's beautiful Crossroads Theatre.

Bootstrap Financing - Fall's Must-Have Accessory: Fashion designer Melissa May meets Marcel Proust

Design by Melissa May

Fresh City Life asked Denver designer Melissa May to answer the Proust questionnaire -- and she tells us like she sees it.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Death by Kittens: Fashion designer Fallene Wells meets Marcel Proust

Designs by Fallene Wells

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designer to answer the Proust questionnaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Libraries Are a Smart Investment

Piggie Bank

Ever wonder how much you receive in return for every $1 in taxes you spend on the Denver Public Library? Find out how much you're saving by using the Library Return on Investment Calculator. Keep reading to learn why libraries aren't going the way of the dinosaur any time soon; they're more relevant than ever!

Have you ever heard the question (or asked yourself), "Why do we need libraries when we have the Internet and eBook readers?" The Denver Public Library encourages you to share the following facts with your friends and family. During a recession, it's more important than ever that library services are known about and shared.

Library Love Story: Diane and David Grey

David and Diane Grey (center) with DPL Executive Team memebers

Deciding to donate landscaping to beautify the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch was about as easy as walking by the building.

We walk in the neighborhood on a regular basis and noticed that not much had been done as far as landscaping. When the branch was under renovations recently, we started talking about how wonderful it would be if the outside of the branch could look as beautiful as the inside.

As the owners of G.E. Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company, we knew we had the expertise to really make a difference in the “curb appeal” of the branch. We contacted the library, got the wheels turning, and completed the project soon after the branch reopened earlier this summer.

Teacher Set Requests Are Back Online

Our online Teacher Sets service is back!

Ordering teacher sets by email is easy - visit kids.denverlibrary.org/teacher_sets and fill out the form. Or if you'd rather use the phone, just give us a call at your most convenient location.

Community Technology Center - Now Open for Business

Community Technology Center Service Desk

The plastic sheeting on Level 4 was finally pulled down this morning, and the new Community Technology Center is officially up and running. It's been a long time coming, and we're not finished yet, but we are excited to kick off fall in our new space.

We're starting relatively small with only 22 computers available at open today, but will be gradually adding public access computers, and will have nearly 100 available by the end of the year. All of these computers offer Office 2007 software as well as Internet access. Also coming soon are:

DPL Mobile: Check us out - on the Go

Tired of squinting and zooming when you try to access DPL's site on your phone? Want an easy way to put books, movies, and DVDs on hold when you're not at a computer? We have something that might help. We're excited to unveil a mobile version of our site, now available at:

denverlibrary.org/m

The mobile site is still in early testing phases, so for now you'll have to manually put that URL into your phone (and bookmark it or save it to your home screen!). Once the site has its legs under it a little, we'll start automatically pointing phones to the mobile site by default.

Library Love Story: Eric Duran

Eric Duran

My name is Eric Duran. I am an investment banker and was recently named the 9News Leader of the Year. I am proud to say I served on the Denver Public Library Commission from 1996 until 2004. The Denver Public Library was critical to my success and I am honored to share my story.

I grew up in North Denver in a household of six people in a two-bedroom apartment—my family was close. It is not something that I often talk about, but growing up, my mother and sister shared one bedroom and my grandmother and aunt shared the other. My grandfather and I slept in the living room—he slept on the couch and I slept on the floor. My teenage memories are of my grandfather waking me up at 5:30 in the morning to get the Rocky Mountain News and then moving me from the floor to the couch. I learned a love of reading from my grandfather.

Construction Update on the Community Technology Center

Classroom

If everything continues on schedule...

the Community Technology Center will open by the end of September!

We will eventually have 100+ public access computers with Internet access and Office 2007, a brand new classroom with 36 PCs and state-of-the-art technology, two new computers with updated assistive technology, a collaborative work area, space for gaming, and a comfy WiFi lounge!

Be sure to come check us out as we evolve into one of the coolest places to get your tech fix in downtown Denver!

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