Fresh City Life

Celluloid Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet (1968)

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Film
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey.

Celluloid Shakespeare-Richard III (1955)

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Film
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.

Directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke.

Pardon Me, Shakespeare, But Your Slip Is Showing: Did a Woman Write the Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare?

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Books Authors and Writing
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Author Robin P. Williams has been studying and writing about the authorship question for years. Her thorough research and study has led to the conclusion that the likely author of Shakespeare’s body of work is a woman – Mary Sidney. There are a lot of missing pieces in the life and times of William Shakespeare – little formal education, even less knowledge of or access to the royal court and politics, no evidence that he could write at all.

Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man

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Performance and Presentations
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

There was a shift in the experience of the medieval humans from being miserable, unquestioning, keep-your-head-down and don’t-make-waves commoners to citizens who entertained aspirations of becoming a Renaissance adventurer, creator, and scientist. Could Shakespeare’s characters have provided fuel for the intellectual fire? Actor John McDonald is our guide on this experiential tour of the 16th century. How can we access Shakespearean wisdom, apply it to our own lives and embody the spirit of adventure, creativity and curiosity to fuel a Renaissance for our time?

Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man

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Performance and Presentations
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

There was a shift in the experience of the medieval humans from being miserable, unquestioning, keep-your-head-down and don’t-make-waves commoners to citizens who entertained aspirations of becoming a Renaissance adventurer, creator, and scientist. Could Shakespeare’s characters have provided fuel for the intellectual fire? Actor John McDonald is our guide on this experiential tour of the 16th century. How can we access Shakespearean wisdom, apply it to our own lives and embody the spirit of adventure, creativity and curiosity to fuel a Renaissance for our time?

Untitled #64 Framed- Masterpiece

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Social Events
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

Yes, Fresh City Life is taking the classic 1970s board game and turning it into a giant interactive game that you can play at the Denver Art Museum’s awesome night, Untitled #64: Framed. You’ll play Masterpiece with a huge group, choosing DAM artworks at a mock auction. At the conclusion, we’ll reveal who made the most lucrative choices. Prizes will be awarded for best and worst choices – including a mint condition, vintage set of the original board game, Masterpiece! Hang out at the art museum for a memorable Friday night.

Laughter and Tears: A Klezmer Concert

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Music and Dance
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Level 7, Vida Ellison Gallery

To coincide with Paula Burger's visit, Fresh City Life hosts a special musical event -- a traditional Klezmer concert with Joe Lukasik (clarinet) and James Hoskins (cello). With deep roots in Eastern Europe, Klezmer music has come to symbolize the human experience and struggles in Jewish culture and history. Through musical snapshots of life before and after the Holocaust, Joe and James explore Pikauch Nefesh -- the concept that the preservation of life overrides any other consideration. In Yiddish, klei means vessel and zemer means song -- a Klezmer musician is an instrument of song.

Weekend Music Series- Cello is Everything: with James Hoskins

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Music and Dance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Level 1 Schlessman Hall

James Hoskins ‘speaks’ cello and he knows how to make his cello sing. Enjoy a mix of Balkan and Middle-Eastern tunes, original compositions which incorporate elements of world folk traditions, jazz, funk, classical, and meditative music, and improvisations based upon the environment and the library patrons in attendance!

Weekend Music Series- Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa

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Music and Dance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Jon Sousa will give a one hour performance on guitar and tenor banjo, with repertoire mainly stemming from Traditional Irish music, but including some Jazz and Classical. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world from the beautiful countryside of France, studying with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan to Senegal, West Africa, studying Sabar drumming and a lengthy sabbatical in Ireland in 2008 where he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music.

Weekend Music Series-Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow

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Music and Dance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an
imaginary journey to rustic Irish fishing villages, the misty Scottish Highlands or enchanted English forests. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”
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