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?
Yes, Fresh City Life is taking the classic 1970s board game and turning it into a giant interactive game that you can play at the Denver Art Museum’s awesome night, Untitled #64: Framed. You’ll play Masterpiece with a huge group, choosing DAM artworks at a mock auction. At the conclusion, we’ll reveal who made the most lucrative choices. Prizes will be awarded for best and worst choices – including a mint condition, vintage set of the original board game, Masterpiece! Hang out at the art museum for a memorable Friday night.
To coincide with Paula Burger's visit, Fresh City Life hosts a special musical event -- a traditional Klezmer concert with Joe Lukasik (clarinet) and James Hoskins (cello). With deep roots in Eastern Europe, Klezmer music has come to symbolize the human experience and struggles in Jewish culture and history. Through musical snapshots of life before and after the Holocaust, Joe and James explore Pikauch Nefesh -- the concept that the preservation of life overrides any other consideration. In Yiddish, klei means vessel and zemer means song -- a Klezmer musician is an instrument of song.
James Hoskins ‘speaks’ cello and he knows how to make his cello sing. Enjoy a mix of Balkan and Middle-Eastern tunes, original compositions which incorporate elements of world folk traditions, jazz, funk, classical, and meditative music, and improvisations based upon the environment and the library patrons in attendance!
Jon Sousa will give a one hour performance on guitar and tenor banjo, with repertoire mainly stemming from Traditional Irish music, but including some Jazz and Classical. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world from the beautiful countryside of France, studying with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan to Senegal, West Africa, studying Sabar drumming and a lengthy sabbatical in Ireland in 2008 where he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music.
Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an
imaginary journey to rustic Irish fishing villages, the misty Scottish Highlands or enchanted English forests. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.” http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
We found a seductive, vintage pattern for turning a simple garter stitch into a complex Princess Mary plaid fabric. You can knit it into a gorgeous scarf or gaiter – or apply it to other accessories or home décor items (it would make a divine pillow cover or table runner). This is a great workshop for brushing up on your finishing skills and honing your knowledge of color theory, too. Only students with basic skills (or higher) will be registered; please be comfortable with casting on, knit and purl stitch and binding off. Approximate cost for yarn: $25.
Starring Joan Crawford. Directed by Charles Waters. A classic film of the Hollywood Regency era, watching Torch Song is like staring at perfectly lit costume jewelry – all icy beauty, saturated color, glitter and artifice. The sets, the costumes, the script, Joan Crawford’s eyebrows – all seem larger than life. Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, this is one of Joan Crawford’s last great roles; she has become a caricature of herself as The Star. It works brilliantly in this film – but discerning viewers will see that the mirror has cracked. 90 minutes. Not rated. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. Directed by Vincente Minelli and Busby Berkeley. “Cabin in the Sky was a Broadway musical before it was made into a movie. The stage version of Cabin in the Sky was so successful that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) decided to buy the movie rights and make it into a film. To help ensure the movie’s success, MGM decided to use popular, well-known African-American stars in the film. At the top of the list were Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Eddie Anderson.
Starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara. Directed by William Dieterle. Sometimes, you’ve got to love a monster – or as one of the characters in this film says: ‘Ugliness is fascinating.’ With Charles Laughton as the hunchback, that is certainly true. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an outstanding adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, set in fifteenth century France. One of the biggest budget films of its era, the sets are imposing, the cast is first rate, and the script is excellent. Charles Laughton is the Hunchback, deformed but spry and intelligent.