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Nyckelharpa. It sounds prettier than it sounds.

Denver Public Library's Schlessman Hall hosts some of Colorado's most talented musicians in the Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series -- free! This Saturday, concert-goers will hear the strange and beautiful sounds of the nyckelharpa played by Sandra Wong.

The nyckelharpa might be the duck-billed platypus of the music world. Swedish in origin, it combines the strings of a violin, the shape of steel guitar or violin and keys used to change tones or pitch. A cousin of the hurdy gurdy, this odd instrument always delights audiences.

How Does Hollywood Cry Uncle? Get Bruce!

When you laugh at something funny that an actor or entertainer has said at an awards show, in an interview or as patter in a concert event -- you likely have this man to thank. Hollywood's secret weapon is exposed in the documentary Get Bruce!

Check out this funny documentary at our upcoming film night at the library:

Get Bruce!(1999), Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-9 p.m., Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Author and Holocaust Survivor, Jack Adler, Speaks at DPL

Born in Pabianice, Poland in 1929, Jack Adler and his family were swept into the terror of the Nazi concentration camps. His parents and four siblings all perished at the hands of the Nazis. In his powerful and inspiring firsthand account, Y: A Holocaust Narrative, Jack (Yacob) tells his story and describes his struggle to survive, overcome and regain a sense of joy about being alive.

Going On: A Lone Survivor’s Story
Sunday, April 21, 3-4:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Please RSVP

Everyone Has a Story To Tell. Get Yours Published.

"I publish my own books, so there isn't a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Denver Public Library hosts a workshop designed to help writers navigate the changing world of self-publishing.

In 2008, there was a paradigm shift in the publishing world: more book titles were self-published than published through traditional means. In 2009, 76% of new book titles came into being by self-publishing. London-based author Dean Fetzer is leading the charge for the brave new world of publishing. He helms our upcoming workshop focused on self-publishing for new authors.

Funny Business: Documentary Film Series

Not since Garbo laughed in the film, Ninotchka, has so much been done by one American to make a Russian laugh -- according to the documentary film, Exporting Raymond. Denver Public Library Film Series kicks off its 8th annual documentary showcase this Tuesday.

Denver Public Library’s Film Series has put together a mini-collection of docs that explores the world of comedy entertainment. Documentary films are often funny accidentally. These are no exception – but they also chronicle the world of professional comedy and comedy writing. It’s serious fun to watch other people try to be funny, with varying levels of success!

Wear Your Love Shines

Little Sister Jewelry photographed by Nancy Loffelmacher

Learn something new at Crafts for the Masses. Our Modern Locket workshop takes the old idea of wearing a reminder of someone special and gives it a fresh spin.

Turn any image into a keepsake piece of jewelry by glazing it onto a glass tile. Talented jewelry maker, Mitzi Loffelmacher (who creates under the name Little Sister Jewelry), guides this workshop. Perfect as a gift for Mother's Day or as a remembrance of someone you love or miss, making these chic lockets are a crafter's dream. 

Mitzi will share all her tips and techniques for creating a professional jewelry piece. Register now and join us for Crafts for the Masses:

Austin Piazzolla Quintet Plays Denver Public Library

Our live music series continues with a spectacular concert featuring the Texas group APQ Tango (AKA The Austin Piazzolla Quintet). Monday, April 1 at Central Library.

They're one of the most popular tango groups in the region, and APQ will be playing a special, free concert for us this Monday night! As an added bonus, dancers from Parasol Arts will be on hand to add traditional tango dances to some of APQ's music selections. Hope you can join us for a memorable evening.

Nuevo Tango with APQ
Monday, April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Sympathetic Strings: Modern Sitar

Chris 'Citrus' Sauthoff

The soulful music of the Indian sitar is an unmistakable sound of the East. Fresh City Life plays host to Denver's favorite sitar and tabla musicians this weekend.

Heart and Soul: Sitar and Tabla Concert

Saturday, March 23, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Imagine Denver 2020: Become an Owner of Your Creative Community

This morning, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, a great meeting was held to discuss the future of Denver's arts and culture. The huge room was filled with some of the brightest movers and shakers in Denver.

And me.

I was honored to add my salient thoughts to the abundance of ingenious ideas being shared. And soon enough, you will be asked to share your good ideas for Denver's cultural horizon. It will be a significant moment in which Denver asks it's citizens to become shareholders -- stewards -- of our cultural growth and integrity. 

Oscar Wilde's Salome: Cinema's First Art Film Plays at DPL

The film Salomé starring Russian-born American actress and producer Alla Nazimova is legendary -- for its cast (rumored to be all gay and lesbian), its delayed release (made in 1923, it wasn't viewed by American Audiences until 1937), its complete failure to capture a contemporary audience and its current reappraisal as one of the foremost art films in cinema history with a devoted fan base. Enjoy a rare screening of Salomé on our big screen!

Fresh City Life's first film series of the new year, Vamp: Femme Fatales of the Silent Era, wraps with an exquisite relic from the silver screen archives. It's a treasure!

Salomé (1923)
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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