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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

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.

It's Kinky Boots Time in Denver

PR shot from the film Kinky Boots

In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.

To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.

Saturday Sessions: Great Music in the Great Hall

If you are casting about for something to do on the weekends, check out our Saturday Sessions at Central Library. Schlessman Hall becomes a concert venue every Saturday at 2 p.m. for a free concert. Pick out a summer read, grab a new dvd or two, get a cup of coffee at our cafe and then enjoy beautiful music from one of our local musicians. This Saturday's concert features guitarist, Laurie Dameron, who has mastered a number of styles and genres for her popular concerts all over Denver and Boulder. Check out her video below for her jazz guitar rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Garbo Laughs -- Tonight

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka

See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'

Ninotchka (1939)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Rutanya Alda: Notes on The Deer Hunter

Film and stage actress Rutanya Alda has a great memory about her work in film. Her Mommie Dearest Diaries, a diary of her work in and recollections of making the movie, Mommie Dearest, is currently awaiting its publishing home. In tribute to her eclectic career in film and honoring her upcoming visit to Denver, Fresh City Life is showing two of her other well-known movies -- The Deer Hunter and When a Stranger Calls.

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