Reviews and Blog Posts: Denver

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Wizard Of Oz: Are You Yellow Brick Road Ready?

The jacket was originally hand-tailored for L. Frank Baum, Oz author.

It's the most watched film in cinema history. How well do you know the movie and its source novel? Click on the photo to reveal the correct answer.

1. The shabby, yet theatrical jacket (pictured left) worn by Professor Marvel was purchased for actor Frank Morgan at a second hand shop. One day on the set he turned over the lapel to discover the original owner of the jacket. Whose was it?

 

2. Did L. Frank Baum name Dorothy Gale after a real person?

 

 

3. What was used to tint the multi-colored "horse of a different color"?

Spirit of the Celts With Guitarist Jerry Barlow

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., Fresh City Life, adult cultural programming at the Central Library, hosts a concert showcasing the best local musicians and even a few visiting guest artists. These concerts are always free and open to the public. Free concerts at the Central Library - another reason to get downtown! And this weekend's performer is the amazing fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow.

Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, August 16, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Volume: A Local Music Project is Live!

Volume

The Denver Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Volume, our new music website featuring local bands and musicians. DPL has always been about reaching out to support our community, and we're looking to reinforce that goal by offering our customers free streaming music and downloads. Most of this unique content is not available in big box stores, so Volume steps in to fill that gap by supporting local artists and connecting the people of Denver to our vibrant music scene.

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.

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.

The Sound of Music Sing Along: An International Phenomenon

Given the fact that the real story of the Von Trapps is very different from the story told in the film musical, I wonder why the movie has become one of the most beloved in American cinema. 

The INFAMOUS COLFAX Ave

Colfax Avenue, the most infamous street in Colorado, and perhaps in the U.S, is synonymous with Denver. This famous road, once dubbed by Hugh Hefner in the 70's to be the "Longest, Wickedest Street in America," in my opinion still lives up to that title. Colfax Avenue has it all; from the rich, to the poor, and everything in between. Whatever you want in the entire world can be found on these 26.1 miles of road.

Fallen women

by Sandra Dallas

DPL Rating:
3

Beret Osmundsen’s little sister, Lillie, who was born into a New York upper class family is found murdered in a brothel in Denver in 1885. Beret travels across the United States to help investigate how her sister came to be a prostitute and murdered in cold blood. While Beret is...

Plaza Voices: "We love Denver"

Photo of Denver skyline.

"In Denver, winters are long and we have snow storms. Sometimes snow covers houses, cars, and trees, and we get stuck in our houses for days. During winter, we enjoy hot soup, such as menudo and pozole, sometimes made of buffalo."

Conversation Tables are a wonderful way to meet other language learners, make friends, and participate in fun activities. We have groups that are learning English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese!

Our former English facilitator at Barnum is in Japan teaching English to high school students. She created a blog at http://bloghellofrom.blogspot.com for people around the world who are practicing English. A while back, our English Conversation Table participants at Barnum created this entry and posted to her blog.

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The Cherokee trail : a novel

by Louis L'Amour

DPL Rating:
3

The new stagecoach stationmaster on the Cherokee trail knows how to care for livestock, command respect, and work a weapon.  Her name is Mary Breydon, and she came all the way from the east coast to take the position as stationmaster, in her dead husband's place.  Folks aren't expecting a...

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