Fresh City Life Events
*Special Events*

DAM's Untitled #73: On The RocksDAM's Untitled #73: On The Rocks
Friday, January 30, 6-10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum
13th Ave. & Acoma Plaza

We’re taking our show on the road for the Denver Art Museum’s event Untitled #73: On The Rocks. Check out our cool craft offering and see a lot of other community creatives that help to make Untitled one of Denver’s craziest, most ebullient and cheapest nights on the town! Free nibbles catered by Kevin Taylor, cash bar and a bunch of art museum hijinks. A great night out! 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.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: Xanadu starring Olivia Newton-JohnAnti-Valentine’s Day Party: Xanadu starring Olivia Newton-John
Saturday, February 14, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

“A place where nobody dared to go – the love that we came to know – they called it Xanadu.”  — Olivia Newton-John, singing the title song in Xanadu. You are invited to our 4th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. We are going to dare to go where nobody dares to go – a spectacular film showing of Xanadu in non-celebration of Valentine’s Day – on Valentine’s Day! Yeah, take that cupid! We won’t be exchanging sweet nothings, but we will sweeten the experience with great appetizers and sweet finishes from our friends at Whole Foods Market – and we’ll poke a little fun at this thing called love with a presentation of the film, Xanadu (96 minutes, rated PG). This event is free and open to the public. Yes, even couples! Space is limited, please register for this event online or call 720-865-1206.

 

*Film*

Classic Film Series: Dueling Divas

DING! In this corner, weighing in with pithy comments, memorable dialog, and those famous eyes – the feisty female from Boston – Bette Davis! And in this corner, weighing in with smoldering glances, a face made for film noir, and enormous shoulder pads – that Texas tomboy turned Glamour Queen – Joan Crawford!

Queen BeeQueen Bee (1955)
Tuesday, February 3, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan and Betsy Palmer. Directed by Ranald MacDougall.
"She's so excitingly good . . . when she's so wonderfully bad! By her own admission, Joan Crawford was rarely as evil on screen as in Queen Bee, a heated 1955 romantic melodrama in which she plays a Southern social dragon with magnolia on her lips and poison in her heart. Even at the character's most outlandish, whether demolishing a rival's bedroom or driving a family member to suicide, she plays the role with a straight-on seriousness that makes the film work both as character study and camp classic. As a sign that, at least in Hollywood, the picture was viewed seriously, it captured Oscar nominations for Charles Lang's black and white cinematography and Jean Louis's gowns.” tcm.com. 95 minutes. Not rated.

Old AcquaintanceOld Acquaintance (1943)
Tuesday, February 24, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, and Gig Young. Directed by Vincent Sherman.
"There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. Warner Bros. mixed equal parts of champagne, soap and bile for this popular 1943 woman's picture, with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins co-starring as novelists who become literary and romantic rivals. One of the most gossiped about films of its time, Old Acquaintance opened to high expectations for on-screen cattiness that it more than satisfied.” tcm.com. 110 minutes. Not Rated.

 

*Social Events*

Gather

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.

New for this Winter!Build a Better Baby Blanket
Build a Better Baby Blanket
Fridays, February-April, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Recommended

If you are a beginning knitting student and you’d like to increase your skill level and broaden your technique base, come by the Fresh City Lounge on Friday afternoons and check into our baby blanket knitting class. With only two skeins of yarn and a pair of needles, you’ll create a lovely receiving blanket for a gift or for yourself. Our talented teacher, Margaret Williams, will be here to guide you through to the last stitch. There is no cost for the instruction and a nominal investment for the materials that you purchase in our Fresh City Lounge. No registration required, but recommended. Register online or call 720-865-1206.

Madame Defarge’s Knitting SalonMadame 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. *Please note, all Denver Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 16.
 

Curious Classes: Beginning Knitting and CrochetCurious 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! *Please note, all Denver Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 16.

UFO Workshop – UnFinished ObjectsUFO Workshop – UnFinished Objects
Mondays, February 2, 9 and 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Recommended

Do you have a few knitting projects that you started and you’ve stalled out on because you were daunted by a difficult pattern or a mistake in your knitting? Or are you ready to move beyond scarves and make a full garment? Our master knitting instructor, Janny Potter, will help you with all your questions. Drop-ins okay, but registration encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Image: Yves Saint Laurent: Wedding Dress 1965

 

*Music*

Weekend Music Series

Latin Roots: Manuel Molina

Latin Roots: Manuel Molina
Saturday, January 31, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Born in Peru, internationally recognized guitarist Manuel Molina began his career as a musician at a very young age. At age seventeen, he became the youngest conductor of the Peruvian National Symphony. He travels extensively and plays solo guitar tours all over the world. Denver Public Library is pleased to be hosting Manuel Molina for this afternoon of exceptional Latin solo guitar.

Looping Violin with Josie Quick

Looping Violin with Josie Quick
Saturday, February 7, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Starting simply, Josie Quick creates her own string orchestra with a single electric violin. With the use of live looping she can sound like a blues band, other times like an African marimba ensemble. Her wide musical influences and various techniques create an ocean of sound, providing the perfect accompaniment to her spontaneous improvisations.

Ambient Harp with Star Edwards

Ambient Harp with Star Edwards
Saturday, February 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Star delivers an entertaining performance that brings cultural connections, heartfelt stories with passion and humorous observations of life. Steeped in the mythology of harp from the Celtic cultures, her playing recalls an ancient calling. A truly contemporary interpretation that speaks through her own finely crafted original songs and music that blends the rhythm of the heart with the spirit of the world.

Jim Bailey and Alfredo Muro

Jim Bailey and Alfredo Muro
Saturday, February 21, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Join us for a soulful Latin American musical experience featuring the brilliant Peruvian guitarist, Alfredo Muro and Denver cellist James Bailey. Romantic music of Brazil, Argentina, and Spain sprinkled with a few classical surprises will raise your spirit and send you home with your feet tapping. The combination of cello and guitar is both sensuous and unique - a concert to remember!

Dick Weissman

Dick Weissman
Saturday, February 28, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Dick Weissman has had a long and distinguished career as a composer and songwriter, with many recorded instrumental pieces and songs. He is especially noted as a unique banjo player who integrates traditional music styles like bluegrass and clawhammer playing into new compositions that include everything from blues to jazz and world music. A current review of his latest CD in Bluegrass Unlimited says that: "If you enjoy banjo, then you'll love Weissman's surprising arrangements." Dick also plays guitar in a variety of styles, and a mandolin-like instrument called the octaphone.

 

Contact Us

Need more information about a Fresh City Life event? Call 720-865-1206.

 

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