The 4th Annual Paris Holiday Market will be held Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9, 2014 at the Central Library and is an opportunity for talented crafters, designers and artists to show and sell their wares to customers interested in supporting local creatives. Vendor fees will benefit Fresh City Life/adult cultural programming at DPL. Learn more...
Directed by Victor Fleming. Starring Judy Garland, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan.
Go over the rainbow with Dorothy Gale and enjoy this American treasure – under the stars! We're projecting this incredible Technicolor wonder on the side of our building so that even the Wicked Witch can see it on a fly by. Join us at just before sunset; we’ll have seating for you or you can bring cushions or blankets if you want to. See this magical film on its 75th anniversary! In the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled. 102 minutes. Rated PG.
Author Event: Zachary Lazar, I Pity the Poor Immigrant
Friday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
With his distinctive writing style and a clever sense for blending the lives of fictional characters into the stories of true life, Zachary Lazar is an author for the new century. Denver Public Library is thrilled to host Lazar for an exclusive reading and talk about his most recent novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, called 'brilliant' in the New York Times Book Review. Artfully blending the history of mobster, Meyer Lansky, with an eccentric cast of real and imagined characters, Lazar’s novel has been garnering fantastic reviews from readers and critics alike. His debut novel, Aaron, Approximately put him on the map of authors to watch. His second book, Sway, was chosen as the best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Newsday and Rolling Stone. Book signing to follow. Lazar’s books will be available to purchase at the event.
Take a Saturday morning stroll with expert photographer Amy Wright while you photograph downtown details. Amy, who is currently working on a book of her photos recording several trips to India, will talk to you about how to look for the perfect photo, how to crop as you walk to find the details that make urban photos special. Must have a comfortable working knowledge of your digital camera or camera phone. We’ll meet for a morning brew of your choice, Amy will share tips and techniques with you and then we’ll hit the street for some walking and photography. Then we’ll meet up at the end to share new tips, tricks and look at each other’s photos. Free and open to the public. Registered students will be sent details about where and when to meet. Event will happen on and around the 16th Street Mall. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Photo by Amy Wright
Fresh City Life Yarn Sale
Mondays and Fridays (or by appointment), July 7-31 Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Calling all knitters and crocheters. Fresh City Life is having a summer sale on all in-stock yarns. Our selection of yarns will be discounted from 20-30% off. And selected closeout yarns will be reduced to half price. It's a wonderful opportunity for crafters to grow their yarn stash a bit just before the autumn weather sparks an increase in knitting cold weather accessories and seasonal gifts. You'll find all the great yarn in our Fresh City Lounge, located near the west entrance of the Central Library. Look for the French doors. We'll have open hours on Monday 1-8 p.m. and Friday 1-6 p.m. If you would like to come in at another time to look at the yarns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a time for you to check out the lounge. All sales benefit Fresh City Life programming and events.
What’s Up, Doc? – Denver Public Library’s 8th Annual Documentary Film Series
Fresh City Life has been celebrating cinéma vérité (truth in film) for many years. We have curated a wonderful selection of films for this year’s series. Watch some of the most interesting documentary films of the new century. They are eclectic, eccentric and rich examples of the journey we all share.
Directed by Louie Psihoyos.
“Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.” – IMDb.com. This film took the world by storm, and asks all of us if we are being good stewards of our tiny planet. 92 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Directed by Sarah Polley.
“In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.” – The National Film Board of Canada. 108 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
“In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” – Universal Pictures . 87 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Directed by Seth Gordon.
“In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record?” – IMDb.com. 79 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Events and social occasions that encourage all of us to get out amongst’em. Come and enjoy great people, opportunities to be involved, and the seriousness of frivolity.
Brown Bag Mysteries – Storytime for Adults
30-minute Mysteries, Capers and Thrilling Stories
Presented by Whole Foods Market
Tuesdays, June 3-July 22, noon (story starts at 12:15 p.m.) Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Grab some grub at Civic Center Eats or bring your own brown bag from home; then join us for lunch and an adult storytime on Tuesdays at the Central Library. Each week, we’ll read some of the greatest short stories, old and new – you’ll hear stories of suspense, thrills and dark humor. Reading will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes, so you’ll have time to enjoy your lunch and our story, and get back to work before the boss even knows you’re gone! And our sponsor, Whole Foods Market, will provide a variety of sweet finishes for each storytime. What’s for dessert? That’s a mystery that you’ll have to solve by attending!
Brown Bag Mysteries is currently scheduled through July 22 and may be extended. Please check back to view extended dates for this series. Call 720-865-1206 for more information.
Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
Every Monday evening the Fresh City Lounge is open for freestyle stitchers to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters.
Curious Classes: Beginning Knitting and Crochet
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
Every Monday night, we'll accept walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit or crochet. Our teacher will host up to six beginning students in either discipline, first-come, first-served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Monday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too!
Learn the hottest new technique in artful handwork – swing knitting. It involves short rows and turning your work as you knit; the finished product is a beautiful blend of Art Deco crispness and Bohemian color ways and Modern Jazz rhythms! Yes, it’s really that good. Be the first on your block to master swing knitting with our expert teachers, Ann Myhre and Janny Potter. $35 materials fee for this class; includes all yarns needed for your first project. No beginning students, please; prerequisites for this workshop: confidence in knit, purl, inc and dec stitches. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
There hasn’t been a British television show like Downton Abbey since the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Both are similar in their depiction of the chasm between the ruling class and the servant class. And both inspired contemporary fashion trends. Our Downton workshop focuses on a stunning cloche hat with a low brim that distinctively frames the face. Along with this accessory, students will create a neck shawl that can be worn as an adornment or as a soft, warm scarf in cooler weather. Both are timeless pieces for autumn dressing. No beginning students please. Knitters should have basic knitting skills for this workshop; prerequisites are casting on, binding off, knit stitch, purl stitch, inc and dec. Materials list will be provided with registration confirmation. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Cabanting and Cline
Saturday, July 12, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Chelsea Cabanting and James Cline will rock the house, performing selections from “True Elf Beauties,” Cline’s album of duos for Ukulele and guitar.
Saturday, July 19, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Jazz pianist, composer and teacher, Jeff Jenkins has recorded four CDs and delights in entertaining audiences all over the metro Denver area.
Latin Goddess: Suzanne Morales
Saturday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Suzanne Morales is a Denver-based musician and composer whose music has been picked up for TV shows, indie films and shorts. While she loves ballads and blues, her great musical passion is Latin music. Morales brings a sensuality to her singing and guitar playing that transports audiences to moonlit beaches and friendly cantinas.
Castle Rock Little Belles
Saturday, August 2, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
There really is nothing like a bell choir – unless it is a small group bell choir. We have hosted the Castle Rock Community Ringers for three wonderful concerts. Now they are bringing their unique Little Belles to our music series. All the chiming, just in a smaller space! Enjoy their eclectic mix of handbell tunes that make a joyful noise in our great hall.
Paper Moon: Romantic Gems of the 1940s
Saturday, August 9, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
We’ve captured a few strays from the band Stray Dogs; Joe Rigley, Eric Woods and Anne Rigley are teaming up to perform some of the nostalgic tunes of a bygone era. The thing is, these stray dogs are also hep cats – so all of their music, from whatever age it’s culled, happens to sound very ‘of the moment,’ too. Eric's extraordinarily gentle touch on the guitar alongside Joe's mellow bass backs Anne's remarkably sweet, pure and honest voice.
Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, August 16, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
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 a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”
Citrus and Sitar
Saturday, August 23, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Back by popular demand. Chris ‘Citrus’ Sauthoff has performed several times at Central Library and his fan base grows with every visit. Experience the sitar and its ability to transport listeners. When George Harrison and The Beatles befriended Ravi Shankar, the sitar made its way from a traditional Indian instrument to a part of contemporary music. It is now heard in a wide range of musical genres including world and techno. ‘Citrus’ brings his signature style to the sitar – the soul of traditional Indian music.
Middle Eastern Chill Room with DJ Silk
Saturday, August 30, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
DJ Silk (aka Jesse Manno) brings a modern vibe to the great hall. As soothing and complex as a traditional rose tea, this music creates an atmospheric charm in our common, everyday world. Come beat the heat and bathe in DJ Silk's lush drones and deep beats blended with live Middle Eastern style vocals, lutes, flutes and more.
Fretless and Microtonal Guitar: Neil Haverstick
Saturday, September 6, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Musician, Neil Haverstick, goes in for the exotic; he often writes his own compositions inspired by diverse music types, from blues and Arabic to futuristic. He then plays these original pieces on fretless and microtonal guitars. A performance by Neil Haverstick is unexpected and memorable.
Modern American Songbook: Drew Frady
Saturday, September 13, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
With a career and life centered around the performing arts and music, Drew Frady is a seasoned entertainer. His concerts include songs that are beloved modern classics from the sixties as well as original compositions. He accompanies himself on guitar for this memorable set of music.
The Cherry Tones
Saturday, September 20, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Much like the groups in the film Pitch Perfect, The Cherry Tones are a mixed voice acappella group that love the thrill of a performance with no safety net – no back up music, no additional instruments - just the organic play of strong voices filling the air. They perform a lively mix of jazz, pop and classic oldies that is sure to get you singing along.
VOXY Vocal Trio
Saturday, September 27, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Juliette Leon Bartsch, Donna Deininger, and Rhonda Wallen are VOXY – a trio of three fabulous women singers who love making music together. VOXY borrows music from a variety of genres – from folk, blues and traditional to global, modern and experimental – and interprets each piece with their unique mellifluous three-part harmony punctuated with dynamic body percussion. This uniquely talented and passionate group of women seeks to coax beauty and vibrant energy from every surface and space where they perform.
Lunchbox Music Series: Thursdays in June and July, noon -1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery (unless otherwise listed)
Get out of your cubicle jungle for an hour and join us for our summer music series. With a gorgeous view of the park, and access to our balcony, you’ll be serenaded while you have lunch. Grab some food on the way and our friends at Whole Foods Market will supply something sweet to send you back to the office in a state of bliss.
Thursday, July 17, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
A sought-after Denver pianist, Hank Troy will perform classic ragtime piano solos by Scott Joplin and other composers. He brings a sense of wry nostalgia to some of the most memorable music of America’s Progressive age – the early 1900s.
World Jazz with Cristine Barbosa
Thursday, July 24, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Playing and singing beautiful Brazilian, Latin Jazz, and American Jazz by such composers as Tom Jobim, Djavan, Joao Donato, Rosa Passos, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Beny More and many others. Ms. Barbosa will be singing in Portuguese, Spanish, and English while playing piano. Listen to the sounds of Brazil and Latin America, while encompassing the traditions of American jazz. A musical afternoon that is sure to be a cultural delight!
Thursday, July 31, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Marc Sabatella is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based in Denver. His music has been characterized as “happily subverting the mainstream,” combining the “unpredictability of Thelonious Monk and lyricism of Bill Evans.”
The Pocket Klezmer Orchestra
Thursday, August 7, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
If you aren’t familiar with Klezmer, this concert will be a perfect introduction to this soulful music highlighting the story of Eastern European Jews during the mid-20th Century. Klezmer is music that mimics the sounds of laughter and crying – sounds of being human and in the world. Sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting and always engaging and universal.
World Soul: Jesse Manno
Thursday, August 14, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Manno is Music Director of the Dance Division at CU Boulder. He has created over 150 original scores for dance, theatre and film. His work has been presented all across the USA, as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For this concert, Manno offers a rare public glimpse into some "multi-limbral” styles he has created for dance workshops and performances, often playing three or four instruments at once. Expect piano, percussion, lutes, flutes, and many voices.
House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!
Thursday, August 28, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
International vocalist, Faye Nepon, comes to Denver Public Library in a concert of Jewish cultural music accompanied by expert pianist Sheldon Sands. Nepon’s voice, full of magic and warmth, reflects her passion for the diversity of world song. Singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Italian, Ladino and English, Nepon’s music is at once grounded in history and narrative with the lightness and joy of a fairytale.
Sandra Wong and Victor Mestes
Thursday, September 4, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
From the Fjords to the Andes! Two kindred musical spirits explore the musical worlds of Scandinavia, North America and Latin America (traditional folk music, latin music and original compositions) on violin, nyckelharpa and piano. Join Victor and Sandra for this rich, diverse, virtuosic and fun musical adventure.
Thursday, September 11, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
A delicious blend of front porch instrumentals, intimate vocals, soaring harmonies, inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption, and liberation, mixed to sweet and spicy perfection, Rebecca brings both a pure vocal quality reminiscent of old Appalachia and a blues prowess. She is joined by a band of ultra-talented musicians steeped in Southern Delta grooves and fun background vocals.
The Style Book: Luke Rackers
Thursday, September 18, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Talented composer and pianist, Luke Rackers, exploits his appreciation for and expertise in multiple style disciplines – jazz, classical, folk, gospel – for performances that appeal to a large audience. Rackers, himself, is a key supporter of local musicians and creatives and is the founder of a new performing arts center in central Denver called the Wash Park Center for Music & Arts.
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