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Flamenco Guitar Heats Up Our Lunch Box Music Series At Central Library

Celebrating the music that ignites dancers, this Flamenco guitar concert features one of Denver's finest traditional guitarists, Steve Mullins. It is different from classical guitar -- the player holds himself differently and the guitar itself is meant to be played fast with less 'sustain' than a classic guitar. This helps to keep the fast-paced Flamenco pieces from sounding muddy. In the hands of master guitarist Steve Mullins, the passion and color of Flamenco music is a fiery pleasure.

It's Only a Paper Moon, Sailing Over a Cardboard Sea: Music From a Bygone Era

Joe Rigley, Anne Rigley and Eric Woods

No Denver singer evokes the recordings of the early days of radio like Anne Rigley. Her voice is a beautiful blend of warm compassion with a hint of that old-fashioned metallic sound of a songbird behind a giant microphone. She breathes new life into classic songs and sentimental standards like It's Only a Paper Moon -- made famous in the film, Paper Moon (starring father/daughter team Ryan and Tatum O'Neal). For our Saturday concert, Ann is backed up by talented bass player, Joe Rigley and renowned banjo player, Eric Woods.

If You Ain't Got That Swing, Then You Ain't Got A Thing: Denver's Swing Knitting Workshop Begins

This detail of a knitted piece by expert fiber artist Ann Myhre is an example of one of the most exciting trends in knitting today -- swing knitting. Complex color schemes combine with a stitching technique called 'short rows' to create organic and structured squares. If you are ready for fun and challenging handwork, this is a perfect workshop to take your knitting into the future.

Swing Knits
Mondays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Ukulele Heroes: Cabanting and Cline Concert at DPL

Central Library hosts the duo Cabanting and Cline this weekend for the Saturday Session in the great hall. Their original music has a lilting, joyful sound that mixes traditional strains with contemporary passages for a very modern, eclectic collection of songs.

Cabanting and Cline
Saturday, July 12, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Chelsea Cabanting and James Cline will rock the house, performing selections from “True Elf Beauties,” Cline’s album of duos for Ukulele and guitar.

Summer Sizzles with the Lunch Box Music Series: Free Concerts at Central

Fresh City Life, adult cultural programming for Central Library, has put together an exciting calendar of free noon concerts for downtowners to break out of their cubicles and enjoy the best that Denver's music scene offers. Leave your cubicle jungle behind 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.

Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

director Sarah Polley

The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.

Knitters Need a Little Holiday Joy Now

Calling all knitters and crocheters. Fresh City Life is having a summer sale on all in-stock yarns. Our selection of yarns will be discounted from 20-30% off. And selected closeout yarns will be reduced to half price. It's a wonderful opportunity for crafters to grow their yarn stash a bit just before the autumn weather sparks an increase in knitting cold weather accessories and seasonal gifts. 

Fresh City Life Yarn Sale, July 7-31

Mariachi: A Unique Summer Concert

Mariachi - What Does It Mean?

Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi.

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras: Lunch Box Music in the Great Hall

They dazzled at our lunchtime music series last season -- and they're back for an encore performance. Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina make beautiful music together. Both are strong solo performers, but their duets are transporting. They are two voices as one. Don't miss this spectacular concert performance by Denver's musical masters.

Save the Date: The Wizard of Oz is blowing into town

Friday, August 29. It'll arrive like a twister, fall from the sky like a sepia-tinted house, and be gone like an old hot air balloon before you even know it. So mark the date on your calendar for The Denver Public Library's presentation of The Wizard of Oz -- a celebration of the 75th anniversary of this most beloved film of the last century. 

Film on the Side: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Friday, August 29, Showtime: Dusk
Acoma Plaza (near the west entrance of the Central Library)

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