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Learn to make music, or sit back and listen with these Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Isn't it confusing Buying Your First Guitar? But there's never been a better time to do so! Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch and learn everything you need to know before purchasing a guitar for yourself or your child. Terminology, pricing, tips for buying online, and what affordable, quality options are out there!

"Steampunk is What Happens When Goths Discover Brown" -Jess Nevins

steampunk

Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!

Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".

Nature in Paperclay®: Crafting for the Masses

Rose designed by Emma Ginsberg

Fresh City Life started Crafts for the Masses last year to provide an opportunity for a lot of like-minded creatives to be in a big room to make and learn together. We like to think of Crafts for the Masses as Reverend Sun Myung Moon mass wedding -- except for crafts. And less commitment.

Crafts for the Masses: Nature in Paperclay®
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

darn@DAM: The Banality of Words

Fresh City Life takes our show on the road with the Denver Art Museum’s last Friday events – untitled. These wildly popular evenings are a chance to enjoy the collection of the DAM and meet new people. Untitled #57: Darn, celebrates all the meanings of that word from correcting or repairing knitted and woven items to its very unimpressive use as an expletive.

Untitled: Darn at DAM
Friday, May 31, 6-10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

Camp Gitchacrafton -- retro crafting at summer camp

We're going to camp out -- just for one night of crafting fun. Our third annual Etsy Craft Party coincides with the national and international Etsy parties being held at the same time. Actually, ours is a day ahead of the official date, so you can be the first crafters of the camping season.

Camp Gitchacrafton
Wednesday, June 19, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park
144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Serving Festival Realness At Denver Pride

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde

Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is proud to join Denver’s GLBT community at this year’s PrideFest. Take a break from all the pageantry in Civic Center Park and join us inside the McNichols Building for some interior gaiety. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the McNick. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be sampling cooling beverages and FCL will be helping you make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating famous faces or quotes from queer history.

Have You Herb About Our Programs?

Little Herb Gardens

Want to grow and use more herbs? Fresh City Life My Branch can help! You might even get some herbal ideas for Mother's Day!

Learn to create your own Mini Tabletop Herb Garden with Kelly Watson of Little Raven Farms, LLC on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch. You'll get to fill your own pots during class and take them home to watch them grow!

Summer Brown Bag Music Series -- free concerts every Thursday in June

Get out of your cubicle jungle 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.

Our first concert will be:

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras (Two Voices, Two Guitars)
Thursday, June 6, Noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina will be playing unique, romantic Latin music that touches the hearts of audiences. Their music highlights the traditional sounds of Colombia, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba.

Check out the full schedule.

Avant-Garde Musician and Singer Helen Gillet Set To Perform at DPL

You should hear Helen Gillet work her magic as a singer and musician. (see video below) She's played for sold out audiences nationally and around the world. And she is touring this summer. 

Because we love Helen and we told her so, she is stopping at Denver Public Library for a free concert on Sunday, July 21. All for the love of libraries and making great music. 

You're invited. Save the date: Sunday, July 21@ 2p

Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy

Tintinnabulation: Classic and Contemporary Song Played On Handbells

Bell ringing event, photographed in the Telegraph, UK

tintinnabulation: 1) the ringing or sounding of bells 2) a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells

Fresh City Life is making beautiful music with Arts & Venues Denver this year. Our shared May event, a concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers, continues a partnership of free and spectacular cultural programming.

Here's my street cred on this topic: I grew up attending a Presbyterian church and, in my experience, two things were always certain at church. First, during services, when the 'moment of fellowship' arrived and we were all supposed to turn to a relative stranger and greet them with a handshake or (gasp) hug, we instead would turn to one of our own family members and greet them -- with very restrained joy. And secondly, there was always a bell choir. Always. It's a tradition that I'm glad has continued on -- and I write that with joy unrestrained.

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