(Note: This is a guest post from Ian Gassman, a Denver-based journalist and musician. Ian is one of Volume's external music reviewers - his insights are invaluable. Enjoy!)
I hate to go all “holiday cliché” with this post, but there is nothing better than opening a present before Christmas. That’s why, today, Volume will be giving out five local albums to any Denver Public Library cardholders.
Our third installment of the newly-minted Brown Bag Mysteries creeps to life with a tale from Roald Dahl. The famed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a master of witty, off-kilter writing that leaves the reader feeling unsettled and delighted all at the same time. Tuesday's adult storytime presentation of The Landlady is just such a story.
Despite his untimely death in February of this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman left a legacy of superlative screen credits. While his acting is often discussed in relation to his roles in big box office films like Along Came Polly and Capote, he created a truly diverse oeuvre during his brief life. This Tuesday, our Denver Public Library film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Men in Drag, continues with Flawless -- one of Hoffman's most eccentric and flawless performances on screen.
Cool off while our great hall heats up with a bright and earthy sounds of traditional flamenco music. This free concert includes invitational dancers and live music. Another reason to love Denver -- free concerts at the library every Saturday.
Saturday, June 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Debuting in the summer of 2013, the Lunch Box Music Series creates a respite for downtown workers at noon on Thursdays. A diverse calendar of concerts has been planned through September. This Thursday's concert welcomes one of Denver's most exceptional pianists.
Thursday, June 12, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
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!
Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.
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