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.
RSVP here to attend our special outdoor showing of The Wizard of Oz and you'll be registered for a chance to enjoy the movie from the comfort of Professor Marvel's tent. Really, our event tent all tricked out with cushy seating, ambient lighting, tables full of snacks and beverages, special anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz on dvd and other take-home gifts, too! Two winners will be selected for seating for two in Professor Marvel's tent! Register here. Winners will be notified at check in for the event.
In anticipation of our author event with Zachary Lazar, he'll be connecting with readers on a special Facebook event page on the Tuesday before his event. Meet the author at our Fresh City Life Facebook Event and Zachary will answer any questions you have about his writing. Ask him about his story characters, his writing style or his writing habits. Everyone who participates in this fun question and answer session will be entered to win one of three signed copies of Zachary Lazar's latest novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant. Check out books by Zachary Lazar from DPL.
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.
Photo Walking Tour: Photographing Urban Details and Architecture
Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m.-noon 16th Street Mall, Downtown Denver Registration Closed
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. Learn more about Amy and see her work at amykwright.com. This class is full, registration is closed.
Bring your digital camera or camera phone to this fun photo expedition of Denver’s Zombie Crawl – Eye, Heart, Brains. Shamble along with the living dead and expert photographer Amy Wright (very much alive) while you photograph this bizarre promenade. 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 interesting tableaus, how to crop as you walk to find the moments that bring public festivals to life. Must have a comfortable working knowledge of your digital camera or camera phone. We’ll meet for a brew of your choice, Amy will share tips and techniques with you and then we’ll hit the street for some walking and photography. Finally, 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. Learn more about Amy and see her work at amykwright.com. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Beautiful Monster: Classic Horror Films
“All my life, and the hereafter, I’ve never seen – seen one like you. You’re a knife, sharp and deadly. And it’s me that you cut into. But I don’t mind; in fact I like it though I’m terrified. I’m turned on but scared of you.” R&B singer Ne-Yo, lyrics from Beautiful Monster.
The Denver Public Library pays tribute to all the beautiful monsters and their creators. These four films represent unique moments in the development of the early horror genre. Loaded with symbolism, style and gothic atmosphere – each of them contributed to the monster movie lexicon that Hollywood has drawn from ever since.
Starring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, and David Manners. Directed by Tod Browning.
“Movie lore has it that Bela Lugosi could barely speak English when he was chosen by Universal Pictures to star in Dracula. Lon Chaney had been scheduled to play the role, but he died as Dracula was going into production, and the mysterious 49-year-old Hungarian, who starred in a 1927 Broadway production of Dracula, was cast. Legend must exaggerate, because the Hungarian emigre Lugosi had been living and working in the United States for a decade by the time the film was made, and yet there is something about his line readings that suggests a man who comes sideways to English--perhaps because in his lonely Transylvanian castle, Dracula has had centuries to study it but few opportunities to practice it.” – Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. 75 minutes. Unrated.
The Mummy (1932)
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johnson, and David Manners. Directed by Karl Freund.
Produced by Universal and scripted by John Balderston, Karl Freund, one of the veterans of German expressionism, had photographed the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula but had obviously been heavily stifled by Tod Browning's stilted direction. Here, with the able assistance of director of cinematography Charles Stumar, Freund is allowed a second chance and he rarely lets his camera remain immobile for long. Never before, and rarely since, has the German silent school been used to better effect in a Hollywood production. If Freund is the true star of The Mummy, Boris Karloff remains a close second. With his angular face and physique and that slight lisp, less was often more, and as Imhotep, Karloff never overplays but creates instead a believably brittle 3,000-year-old, whose power lies more in thought than deed.” ~ Hans J. Wollstein. 73 minutes. Unrated.
Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clave, and Elsa Lanchester. Directed by James Whale.
“James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), the best of the Frankenstein movies--a sly, subversive work that smuggled shocking material past the censors by disguising it in the trappings of horror. Some movies age; others ripen. Seen today, Whale's masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today's audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don't have to deconstruct it to enjoy it; it's satirical, exciting, funny, and an influential masterpiece of art direction.” ~ Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. 75 minutes. Unrated.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Tuesday, October 28, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner. Directed by Victor Fleming.
"Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman headline this screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale, directed by Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz legend Victor Fleming. Tracy stars as Dr. Jekyll, a scientist who downs an experimental elixir that transforms him into a monstrous alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. Lana Turner co-stars as Jekyll's fiancée, and Bergman as Eva, the woman who captures his heart. A film steeped in heavy Freudian symbolism, this production also tries something unusual by relying largely on Tracy's shift in facial mannerisms (in lieu of heavy make-up) to convey the personality change. As a result, the movie manages to place a much stronger emphasis on emotions than on the terror of physical mutation." ~ rottontomatoes.com. 113 minutes. Unrated.
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.
Fridays, August through October, 2-6 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
New for summer and autumn 2014. Pop into the Fresh City Lounge anytime between 2-6 p.m. on Fridays for a pop-up crafting experience with Trish Tilly. She's crafty and will help you be crafty, too! Leave with a cool new something and inspiration to be a weekend craft warrior.
Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
Please note, all Denver Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 1
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 Please note, all Denver Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 1
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!
Mondays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge Registration Closed
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 closed.
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.
Temari is a Japanese symbol for perfection. A temari ball given to someone represents a gift of joy and happiness. Though in their history, they were thought to have been created as toys for children, hence their name among old-timers: mother’s love ball – at some point later the craft of making them became an art form, and women of the imperial courts competed amongst themselves to create the most beautiful, most perfect version. They are exquisite. Learn the artisan method of temari balls with our expert teacher Ann Myhre. No requisite fiber skills required. Materials fee for this class will be $25, all materials provided to make one ball. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Manuel Molina, Latin Solo Guitar
Saturday, August 23, 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.
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.
Under Paris Skies with Jeff Hooton
Saturday, September 6, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Accordionist Jeff Hooton serves up a savory selection of classic French fare and sweetly sentimental songs from the 40s.
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.
Jazz Standards and American Songbook: Ed Battle
Saturday, October 4, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Denver's pre-eminent male vocalist has been dazzling nighttime concert goers for decades. And he is making a rare daytime visit to Denver Public Library for this concert celebrating classics of Jazz and the American songbook. Appearing by special arrangement, this is a not-to-be-missed concert of a Denver vocal treasure.
No concert on October 11 due to Booklovers Ball.
Saturday, October 18, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
The ubiquitous music of Paris cafés was used to brilliant cinematic effect in the film Amelie. This trio of musicians recreates that wonderful feeling of café society with their concerts; Amelie Trio plays music ranging from Parisian standards and Edith Piaf ballads to gypsy swing and tango. The trio is comprised of Dave Willey (accordion), Maggie Sallee (violin), and Kevin Garry (guitar). This concert will feature chanteuse Britta Laree. Mark your calendars for this ‘don’t miss’ event.
Autumn Guitar with Michael DeLalla
Saturday, October 25, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
It is fitting that Michael DeLalla will be playing us into the cooler months. His cool guitar concert kicked off our 2014 concert season; he is back for an encore performance of his solo guitar compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes gathered from his cultural explorations. Hailed as "one of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world" by All Music Guide, Michael DeLalla blends his jazz, Celtic and folk stylings in a memorable performance.
Lunchbox Music Series: Thursdays through September 18, 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.
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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