Agatha Christie has kept the world turning the pages of her mystery stories for almost 100 years. She is arguably the most popular and well-known female author in the world. While writing dozens of mystery stories and novels, she was also a celebrated dramatist whose play, The Mousetrap, holds the record as the longest running play on the London stage. On this Tuesday at our Brown Bag Mysteries, we're showcasing a story about investigator Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's greatest detective and insufferable genius. Grab some lunch and join us!
Fresh City Life debuts a brand new fibers workshop tonight: Drunken Irish Lace. Riffing on the traditional methods of connecting crochet motifs into a larger piece, our teachers are bringing crochet to the edge of modernity.
Drunken Irish Lace
Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
The tantalizing theory that William Shakespeare is not the author of the works credited to him has been argued since the 19th century. "The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument that someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. Anti-Stratfordians—a collective term for adherents of the various alternative-authorship theories—say that Shakespeare of Stratford was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit." -- Wikipedia.com
Belgian-born, New Orleans singer and cellist Helen Gillet is keeping her date with Denver. For three years, Helen has arranged a special, same-time-next-year date with Denver Public Library for an amazing concert. She plays her 2014 concert at DPL this Saturday.
Give the video below a listen, and I'm sure that you'll want to keep your date with Helen! She is a well-traveled and seasoned performer; but her music remains fresh and surprising. With elements of jazz and pop, Helen's music evokes French cabarets and always sounds cutting edge. Because it is.
Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.
This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.
Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.
If the treacle-y sweetness of Valentine's Day leaves you feeling not so loving, come sit next to us for a night of ironic, cinema fun. We're throwing our annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party and you're invited!
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Add your own tapestry crochet potholder to our growing installation and become a part of this community event. Free materials are available for this project.
Fresh City Life hosted our makers' event this past Saturday -- an all day workshop that helped to grow our collection of tapestry crochet potholders. They have begun to take over a wall in the Fresh City Lounge and we'll just let it keep growing throughout the year as crocheters add to this fun art piece.
We have a multitude of interesting programs coming up this week. If you like crafts, writing or cooking you will want to be sure to visit us. A reminder--please call in advance to sign up for all of the following writing and craft programs!
We have a lot of options for you on Saturday, January 11. At 10 a.m. Barb Lundy, a Colorado author, will be at Ross-University Hills for a poetry program. Poetry Tells Life Stories helps us bring our view of the world, language and our experiences to life through the art of poetry. There will be writing and sharing as well as information about the publishing process.
Their public personas, film roles and private lives intersected in what became one of Hollywood's great love stories. Or was it? There are so many conflicting and curious tales of this amazing duo that it can be difficult to separate reality from rumor and lore from everyday life. See it all on the big screen! Keep up to date on upcoming films and other events at Central on the Fresh City Life calendar.
Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple
Arguably the most durable screen duo in cinema history, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made nine films together from 1942 to 1967. They were also linked together romantically off-screen. Even though Tracy remained married to his wife until his death, he and Hepburn lived together discreetly for many years. See these acting legends in four of their greatest films. Fresh City Life will also be giving away a Hepburn/Tracy film on dvd during the talk back at the end of each film showing!