As an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, take some time out to reflect on the small and big things in life for which you’re thankful. Your Art from Ashes instructors will guide you through writing prompts that encourage you to acknowledge the good in your life. In the 1954 film Auntie Mame, the title character declares, “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Close out your year with gratitude and a promise to yourself that the new year will be for enjoying the banquet! This is a two-part workshop.
In tribute to the poppies of Flanders Field, learn to make a beautiful silk poppy that can adorn a coat, a hat, a belt and even makes a chic tabletop accessory. You’ll also be learning the basic techniques for creating other silk blooms. All materials included, $10 materials fee. Registration is required and will open on Friday, October 21. http://denverlibrary.org/node/967
Call them side dishes if you must, but Chef Jessica Gaydos thinks they deserve to be the center of attention. Utilizing her chef training, Jessica will show you how to make the most of your kitchen and your ingredients. If you get assigned to contribute a side dish this year, bring one of Chef Jessica’s delectable entries. And as always, we’ll have lots of wonderful samples for you to try – and recipes to take home, too. Plus Whole Foods will be giving away a big beautiful turkey to one of our audience members! Gobble, gobble! Registration encouraged. Register online or call 720-865-1206.
Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow.
A classic horror film that, after nearly 40 years, still has the power to frighten us. Busy single mom and famous actress Chris MacNeil (Burstyn) realizes her daughter may be hosting an uninvited guest in the form of demonic possession – which, you know, is just going to be weird on the first day of school. 122 minutes. Rated R.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland.
A young couple trying to cope with the loss of their child encounters two elderly sisters – one of whom brings them word from beyond the grave. 110 minutes. Unrated.
When children go bad, the usual suspects in their downfall are rounded up: parents, genetics, family environment, television, video games, the education system. But sometimes the reason a kid goes rogue just can’t be pinned down. Is Junior wreaking havoc because of alien intervention or some evil force – or is it really too many sugary snacks?
Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon.
Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse are having a blessed event, except their neighbors seem to be a tad too involved in the pregnancy. When Rosemary’s pangs of paranoia become too much to bear, she starts looking for answers…and finds them. 136 minutes. Unrated.
The Erhoopla Ensemble
Brian Mullins and Mike Fitzmaurice play the Chinese erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument, along with a variety of other Chinese instruments. This is Erhoopla’s debut performance at Denver Public Library. Enjoy traditional Chinese tunes mixed with contemporary and American music played on these classical instruments.
Pluck and Strum, Eric Woods on Banjo
Eric Woods keeps good company: he is a multi-talented musician (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo) and plays in the groups Southern Journey and Stray Dog. Fresh City Life is pleased to present Eric in a solo concert highlighting the banjo, one of Eric’s favorite instruments.
Whatever euphemism you happen to be using for our economic woes, the rising cost of living is taking its toll on all of us. We can take heart that we’re all in the same boat. And we can learn from our shipmates who’ve decided to set sail for more prosperous shores. On the eve of the holiday season (which can create financial challenges for many of us), we’re hosting Emily Anderson, who has, since January of this year, been on a spending fast – using her money to purchase necessities only.
Tap into your own memories or imagining of a favorite trip, while exploring the techniques for bringing descriptive writing alive with sights, noises, scents and even fellow travelers. Denver's amazing advocate for writers young and old, Art from Ashes, conducts these bi-monthly writing classes for those interested in all aspects of the power of words. This two-part workshop includes guided exploration on relevant topics like prose and poetry fundamentals, personal style, new writing approaches and autobiographical storytelling.