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Imagine John Lennon at 70

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John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. Although he is no longer with us, the music of John Lennon lives on. Inspiring singers and songwriters to this day, the world continues to mourn his loss 30 years later. Google is honoring the 70th anniversary of his birth with an animated homepage.

Post-Beatles Releases:

Goofy Ghost Films

'When the Frost is on the Punkin' is one of my favorite James Whitcomb Riley poems and today's weather reminds me that it is indeed pumpkin season! Get in the Halloween spirit with these goofy ghost films that will have you cackling with laughter.

Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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This week the Swedish Academy awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

The War of the End of the World has been my favorite Vargas Llosa book so far, a fictionalized account of a community of marginalized people who followed a fanatical leader to desolate, impoverished northeastern Brazil at the end of the 19th century.

Confess for Success: Fashion Designer Tricia Hoke Meets Proust

An avant garde design by Tricia Hoke

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designers to answer the Proust Questionnaire -- to see if we could get them to reveal their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

National Coming Out Day

Hallmark doesn't have a card for the occasion but that doesn't mean a friend or family member won't need your support on October 11 for National Coming Out Day.

Whether you are planning a celebratory dinner party or an intervention, the Library has documentaries chronicling the history and experiences of homosexual American citizens seeking acceptance.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Dancing with Dracula

Ballet costumes on display in Schlessman Hall

Featuring the score by Philip Feeney, the ballet Dracula is back by popular demand, October 15 through the 24, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Colorado Ballet is celebrating its 50th season this year!

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If You Liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett...

After you've read the 2010 One Book, One Denver selection The Help by Kathryn Stockett, try one of these great books with similar themes, characters and settings!

The Eels at the Ogden

The Eels are at the Ogden tonight at 8pm! Everett's biography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, chronicles his life from the delights of songwriting to the tragedies that have also touched his life.

Frontman Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, is the son of Hugh Everett III, originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory. In the BBC documentary, Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, Everett travels America trying to understand his distant and brilliant father who passed away in 1982.

The music of the Eels vascillates between melancholy and joy, which is one of the primary reasons I love it so.

How Many Teeth Does a Snail Have?

When I think of comforting, compelling animal companions, I didn't think of snails until I read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. During a long period of an autoimmune illness, a snail that a friend brought to her room was both companion and source of wonder.

The book that Bailey has compiled, comprised of both her experience with "her" snail and extensive research into the natural history of snails is a fascinating read. When the snail first arrived in Bailey's life, she was a bit annoyed--she could barely take care of herself, she didn't need another creature to worry about. Despite this, she soon found watching the snail almost meditative, and she began to follow the rhythms of its nocturnal life, becoming fascinated with its habits. She found out about the eating and reproductive habits of snails, about their unique anatomy.

Sitarist/Guitarist Chris Sauthoff

Come watch musician Chris Sauthoff play the sitar and the guitar on Saturday, October 9 at 3 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Chris plays folk, gypsy, rock, blues and several styles of Indian classical and folk.

Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff is a current member of Hillbilly Inferno and former touring member of George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic!
 

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