Reviews and Blog Posts: music

JEFFERSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 60 YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) is celebrating by offering an ambitious and engaging schedule this 2012-2013 season, including their October 21st opener Afternoon at the Opera, with gifted guest mezzo soprano Kara Guggenmos.

The pieces to be performed will include Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Four Last Songs and Der Rosenkavelier from Strauss and Tristan und Isolde, Wagner's piece that inspired Herrmann Bernard's haunting theme for the movie Vertigo.

Sing Out, Sister!

Peggy Lee recording a song, ca. 1945

Fresh City Life kicks off its Music Series for the fall with two amazing concerts. Entertainer and burlesque emcee Cora Vette hosts our first ever Pie Social. Then Marta Burton brings in a bevy of fantastic women singers for Wink!

First up, this Saturday, September 22:

Cora Vette's Pie Social: Come for the Pie, Stay for the Music!
Showtime 2 p.m.

Year zero : a novel

by Robert Reid

Reviewer Rating:
3

Whoever wrote the copy inside the cover flap did a huge disservice to this book by comparing it to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is humorous and I did chuckle a few times, but it cannot compare to Douglas Adams' masterpiece of the absurd. Rob Reid, founder of...

JUSTIN BUA CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF HIP HOP

The Legends of Hip Hop "Tupac Shakur" - Justin Bua

Listening to Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa, The Message - Grandmaster Flash, Roxanne Roxanne - UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization), I felt like break dancing but did the calculations: age + height + gravity = 911. The urge to "boogie" hit me while I was reading the book The Legends of Hip Hop by Justin Bua.

I would describe him in the most literal sense as an "Hip Hop Artist." Justin Bua brings us an excellent critique of some of Hip Hop's greatest. His discourse on Hip Hop's Legends instantly took me back to that place we called the Student Union at Metropolitan State College talking Hip Hop over slices of pizza and soda.

Justin incorporates a Hip Hop narrative while reflecting on the affects of Hip Hop on his life. His colorful portraits of Hip Hop's great artists appeal to that "inner Hip Hop" in all of us who grew up during that era.

Do you erhu what I erhu?

The erhu is a two-stringed, bowed musical instrument, also called a spike fiddle. Erhoopla Variety Show makes amazing music with this rare instrument. Pop, jazz, American songbook and traditional Chinese -- all get their turn with Erhoopla.

Referred to as the "Chinese violin" or the "Chinese two-stringed fiddle," Western musicians have co-opted the erhu for their music because of its unique, often melancholy sound. Two of our favorite musicians Brian Mullins and Mike Fitzmaurice play the Chinese erhu along with a variety of other Chinese instruments. This lively duo call themselves Erhoopla Variety Show and are back, by popular demand, for an encore performance at the Denver Public Library.

Bring Fresh To Your City Life This Week

Whether it's a seeing a classic film, learning a fibers technique or enjoying a fantastic concert -- Fresh City Life has a little something for everyone this week. 

Tonight is our ongoing celebration for the Denver Public Library's Film Series 10th Anniversary. In the second installment of our Westward the Women collection, we'll be showing Destry Rides Again, a film that marked Marlene Dietrich's Triumpahnt return to the screen after several near career-ending films. The series continues for two more weeks: next films up are The Harvey Girls and Johnny Guitar (with Joan Crawford as the head cowgirl!) Showtime 6p in the B2 Conference Center.

Life

by Keith Richards

Reviewer Rating:
4

Pirate tales of one of the great guitar players of all time, and a ringside seat to the circus that was/is the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards writes technically and passionately about his love and absolute dedication to music and the blues; musicians will appreciate the depth of his descriptions. His...

From Urban Homesteading to Miniature Crafting & Personal Safety--We've Got It This Week!

IMPACT Personal Safety

Fresh City Life My Branch has many offerings to help you feed and grow both your body and mind this week!

On Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, and learn what urban homesteading is, how it looks in Denver, and how you can get started!

Music, History, and Mysteries!

Early Denver

Do you want to learn about organizing music on your computer? Interested in Denver history? Are you a mystery buff? Feed your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

Tuesday Technology Night at the Ross-University Hills Branch on Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. will focus on MUSIC! Bring your questions about playlists, iTunes, Windows Media Player, or anything else related to music and computers (bring your laptop and/or your portable device, too!), and a librarian will help you out!

Songbook

by Nick Hornby

Reviewer Rating:
4

A mixed tape in book form, this book of essays is a personal account of songs that have affected the life of the author of High Fidelity. It's not just a list of Hornby's favorites, it's also a funny and moving life story told through music.

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