Su Teatro, Denver's talented acting troupe providing the best of Chicano theater, recently purchased the Denver Civic Theater on Santa Fe Drive.
My friends and I were too young to understand the growing use of the term Chicano while elders preferred Mexican. When I was older, a writer summed up what Chicano meant for him - "the hyphen between Mexican and American." Chicano theater is another way of accessing the rich cultural traditions of Mexican Americans. If you haven't read any Chicano drama, take a look at the following titles:
Get ready for Halloween by silk-screening your own canvas trick or treat bag on Saturday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Free bags and candy provided. Registration is required. Please call 720-865-0955 to register.
The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!
"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association
Celebrate the memory of the "greatest soul singer of all time" with several CDs available at the Library. Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010 in Amsterdam but his amazing soulful voice will not be forgetten.
His songs "Take Me (just as I am)" or "Cry to Me" are personal favorites as is the collection "Don't Give Up on Me." If you are a fan of R&B (Burke partnered with the finest performers), his voice reaffirms there is still a place for S-O-U-L. Lower the lights and sit yourself down to hear a true master at work. Other favorites include:
Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.
Join us for another exciting evening of Travel Tales on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library! Come travel behind the Arabian veil and explore the fascinating countries of Yemen and Jordan. Travel photographer Shirley Brown will captivate your travel bug!
When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.
CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.)
Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.
The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best book of the year by a British or Irish author selected by critics, writers and academics. The 2010 winner is The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. The award was announced Tuesday evening at a dinner at London's Guildhall and was broadcast by the BBC shortly after 10 p.m.
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) comes to the Pepsi Center this Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. This modern theatrical sport bears little resemblance to the ancient athletic rite of passage, but its place in popular culture can not be denied. Can't make it to the event? Check out these great DVDs!