James Hoskins ‘speaks’ cello and he knows how to make his cello sing. Enjoy a mix of Balkan and Middle-Eastern tunes, original compositions which incorporate elements of world folk traditions, jazz, funk, classical, and meditative music, and improvisations based upon the environment and the library patrons in attendance!
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.
Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an
imaginary journey to rustic Irish fishing villages, the misty Scottish Highlands or enchanted English forests. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.” http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
We found a seductive, vintage pattern for turning a simple garter stitch into a complex Princess Mary plaid fabric. You can knit it into a gorgeous scarf or gaiter – or apply it to other accessories or home décor items (it would make a divine pillow cover or table runner). This is a great workshop for brushing up on your finishing skills and honing your knowledge of color theory, too. Only students with basic skills (or higher) will be registered; please be comfortable with casting on, knit and purl stitch and binding off. Approximate cost for yarn: $25.
Starring Joan Crawford. Directed by Charles Waters. A classic film of the Hollywood Regency era, watching Torch Song is like staring at perfectly lit costume jewelry – all icy beauty, saturated color, glitter and artifice. The sets, the costumes, the script, Joan Crawford’s eyebrows – all seem larger than life. Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, this is one of Joan Crawford’s last great roles; she has become a caricature of herself as The Star. It works brilliantly in this film – but discerning viewers will see that the mirror has cracked. 90 minutes. Not rated. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. Directed by Vincente Minelli and Busby Berkeley. “Cabin in the Sky was a Broadway musical before it was made into a movie. The stage version of Cabin in the Sky was so successful that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) decided to buy the movie rights and make it into a film. To help ensure the movie’s success, MGM decided to use popular, well-known African-American stars in the film. At the top of the list were Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Eddie Anderson.
Starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara. Directed by William Dieterle. Sometimes, you’ve got to love a monster – or as one of the characters in this film says: ‘Ugliness is fascinating.’ With Charles Laughton as the hunchback, that is certainly true. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an outstanding adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, set in fifteenth century France. One of the biggest budget films of its era, the sets are imposing, the cast is first rate, and the script is excellent. Charles Laughton is the Hunchback, deformed but spry and intelligent.
Explore the use of words used to describe the human form that also illuminate how we express our relationship to the natural world. Choose a word that resonates for you as a figural descriptor and we'll use that to match you up with a beautiful artwork in the DAM collection. After you are paired with your landscape, you'll turn it into a magnet for your fridge gallery. And we will be test driving our new rectangular button maker -- so on this night, the natural world will be made up of straight lines!
Fresh City Life is honored to host The Mizel Museum for an afternoon with Paula Burger, author of the Holocaust memoir, Paula’s Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans and A Life Unexpected. The book chronicles Burger’s childhood journey through the Holocaust and her triumph over trauma through art and the love of her family. Andrea Jacobs, senior writer at the Intermountain Jewish News, is the co-author. Ms. Burger’s book will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Join Fresh City Life for our third annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. We won’t be exchanging sweet nothings, but we will sweeten the experience with great appetizers and sweet finishes from our friends at Whole Foods Market – and we’ll poke a little fun at this thing called love with a presentation of the French film, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Audrey Tautou, star of the modern romance classic, Amelie, plays Angelique, a young woman whose object of affection may be in question. It’s a surprising, quirky film that will make you fall in love with restraining orders all over again.