Paris Holiday Market
Saturday and Sunday, November 8 & 9,
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
This fourth annual Franco-inspired market gets bigger and better every year! Experience the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the holidays in Paris. Admission is free to this arts and crafts market sponsored by The Denver Public Library. Sample some French nibbles while enjoying warm cider or a rich cup of coffee – all with a backdrop of live accordion and Paris cafe music (live concerts are featured at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day). There will be lots of holiday shopping, too – great gifts from local creatives. A wonderful chance to support artists and businesses in your community!
Net Neutrality Party at the Central Library
Saturday November 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 4 Community Technology Center
In this multi-layered event, you'll have an opportunity to explore net neutrality and how it impacts the sharing of information on the internet. There will be lots of great interactive stations to check out and even snacks to keep the good times rolling. The continuous stations include green screen videos that you'll make and post on Vine, a game that illustrates the complexities and pitfalls of the worldwide web, a looped screening of the film Warriors of the Net and a traceroute activity that shows just how far flung the net can be. Know your internet, grow your mind, and meet more geeks at this fun event. Free and open to the public.
Blink: Buttonmaking for the Masses
Saturday, November 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Drop by the Fresh City Lounge and learn how to make a button that flashes. We'll have a variety of artwork to choose from to combine with a cool LED light that will blink in celebration of the CTCs Net Neutrality Party. Free and open to the public.
Hark! How the Bells: Holiday Bell Choir Concert
Friday, November 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly pitched handbells.
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 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
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!
The Art of Perfection: Temari Balls
Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, & 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge Registration Closed
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. This class is full, registration is closed.
Present Knits & Co.
This is our seventh annual Present Knits workshop – a series of one-night classes that focuses on a chic and simple project that you can create in a couple evenings – if you do your homework. Each of our teachers will be bringing a favorite pattern to their night of Present Knits; and all of our teachers will be there in case you have questions about other projects you’re working on. Notes on materials and additional info provided with registration confirmation. To register, click on the registration link for each class below or call 720-865-1206.
Learn how to make lacy tributes to the weather outside that look as beautiful hanging in a window as they do on a holiday tree. Materials list provided with registration confirmation.Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Based on the popular ZuZu’s Petals cowl, this simple lace pattern works up quickly as a gift for you or someone you love. Materials list provided with registration confirmation.Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Create a luxurious pillow cover knitted in bulky yarn. The speed with which it comes together belies the stylish finished piece. Materials list provided with registration confirmation.Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
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.
Alternate Tunings: Tom Carleno on Guitar
Saturday, November 1, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Guitarist Tom Carleno blends jazz, folk and pop to create a unique musical experience. He is most known for his distinctive use of a wide variety of alternate tunings, which form the blank canvas for his songs. His recent CD, titled Perfect Imperfection, is receiving rave reviews and radio airplay internationally and climbed to the number two spot on the Zone Music Reporter Radio Chart. Tom has also won the Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic award in the 10th Annual ZMR Awards in New Orleans.
Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe
Saturday, November 8, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
An exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves, Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music. The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean.
Earth and Air: Music for Flute and Guitar
Saturday, November 15, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Flautist Cobus du Toit and guitarist Patrick Sutton pair for this concert highlighting music from their recent CD release. Flute is the air and piano is the earth in this extraordinary concert featuring music from around the world.
Renaissance Lute and Guitar with Peter Schimpf
Saturday, November 22, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
MSU Denver music professor Peter Schimpf will present a program of music from the early 17th century, a period of transition as the Renaissance style began to give way to the dramatic aesthetic of the early Baroque. He will perform on a 10 course lute and 14 string theorbo.
Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert
Saturday, November 29, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
An expert instrumentalist, Peter Hebert plays the evocative hammered dulcimer and its cousin, the psaltery, with masterful ease – filling the air with the ancient sounds of Medieval Europe. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song) derives its name from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). Find out how perfectly named this haunting instrument can be when Peter Hebert makes his dulcimer sing a sweet song. This concert will feature improvisations on songs and melodies of the Holiday Season.
Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Fresh City Life is honored to be hosting a free performance of the Denver Gay Men's Chorus in its 34th season. This spectacular event will feature almost 100 men. Their angelic singing, bright spirits, and holiday cheer will enhance your season. This concert will include favorite holiday carols, and plenty of inspirational singing and maybe even an audience sing-along. Come see why the Denver Gay Men's Chorus is the premiere chorus in Denver. A perfect prelude to downtown’s Parade of Lights!
Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa
Saturday, December 13, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
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. Jon recently released a new CD of instrumental guitar music entitled "Twilight," featuring all original compositions.
Henry and Reinhardt
Saturday, December 20, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Barbara Henry and Mark Reinhardt (aka Henry & Reinhardt) will be performing a set of holiday songs, including some of your favorites, and some you’ve never heard before. If you like your holiday music to swing, be poignant, and include a touch of humor, this will be the show for you!
Casey Hrdlicka’s Kitchen Pickins
Saturday, December 27, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Coming from an array of different groups in Denver, including Atomga, Casey Hrdlicka plays a wide range of musical styles. Drawing from a musical pool consisting of originals, deep cut funk, R&B and front porchy, foot stompin blues, Casey's music appeals to people of all ages and cultures.
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