Fresh City Life

Weekend Music Series -Uilleann Pipes with Eric Olson

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

A haunting instrument with an Irish pedigree, Uilleann pipes have never sounded better than when played by expert Eric Olson. He presents this fascinating concert on the bagpipes that are akin to the Scottish pipes that we all know so well. Uilleann pipes have a greater tonal and octave range, are subtle and poetic enough to play indoors, and are usually played sitting down. Because of the bellows attached to these pipes, the musician can speak and sing while the instrument is played. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear the wistful music of the Uilleann pipes floating through our great hall.

Camp Gitchcrafton 3rd Annual Etsy Craft Party

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Arts and Crafts
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Hey, we know how to throw a craftacular shindig and this year’s Etsy craft party will be no exception. Like a bunch of meatballs, we’re going to roll into summer with a craft camp party. There’ll be crafting stations, a couple great summer camp movies, a hot dog commissary, bug juice bar and camp-y dessert.

Sign up to make a ceramic incense burner, old school lanyards, cycle-chic friendship bracelets and even send a personalized postcard to someone “back home.” Crafters are also welcome to bring their favorite portable handwork; a busy camper is a happy camper!

Untitled#57: Darn

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Arts and Crafts
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

Express yourself without exerting yourself. Fresh City Life takes the word ‘darn’ for its other meaning – a G-rated verbalization of repressed emotion. Come play with us and experiment with a Lichtenstein-esque exercise in the banality of words where ‘WOW!’ becomes ‘meh,’ ‘POW!’ becomes ‘ow,’ ‘Argh!’ turns into ‘oh’ and ‘Cowabunga!’ translates to ‘ok.’ You’ll create a cool fridge magnet that lets everyone know that you’re teetering on the brink of absolute ennui. General admission for Untitled events is $10 and the Fresh City Life station is free with admission.

Staged Reading: Icarus by Edwin Sanchez

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Performance and Presentations
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Level 7, Vida Ellison Gallery

Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light.
~Oscar Wilde

Fresh City Life honors the brave and perilous flights that creatives must take in order to reach for their dreams. And we embrace the lesson of Icarus: he may have fallen, but first he flew. Join local director Brenda Cook Ritenour and favorite Denver actors GerRee Hinshaw, Rhonda Brown, Josh Hartwell and Lorenzo Sarinana as they present a staged reading of this award-winning retelling of the Icarus fable.

Weekend Music Series -Castle Rock Community Ringers: Bell Choir Concert

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Music and Dance
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Fresh City Life and Denver Arts and Venues present a spring concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers. CRCR has dazzled audiences at The Denver Public Library for two seasons. Bringing a fresh perspective and expert touch to the centuries-old art of ringing handbells, CRCR is one of the most sought-after bell choirs in the metro Denver area. Tuned sets of bells were first introduced in 1696 in Europe and migrated to the United States in 1902.

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 a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest.

Dead Silent: Dean Fetzer: Book Talk and Signing

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Books Authors and Writing
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Level 7, Vida Ellison Gallery

A Colorado native, Dean Fetzer has written four books, starting with Death in Amber, Death After Midnight and Book of the Dead. His most recent book, Dead Silent is the last book in the Jaared Sen Quartet and follows the formerly blind detective, Jaared Sen, from London to Edinburgh on the trail of an ancient mystery concerning the Council of the Seven. Dean will be reading from his new book Dead Silent and signing copies of all his books.

Author, Author! Self-Publishing for the Modern World with Dean Fetzer

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Books Authors and Writing
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
B2 Conference Center

The new economics of publishing has ushered in the era of self-publishing. Once called ‘vanity publishing’ and reserved for books of family recipes or indulgent tomes of personal poetry, self-publishing is becoming a standard for new and established authors. Join author, designer and indie publisher Dean Fetzer for a workshop designed to help you on the way to publishing the book you’ve been writing. Dean provides an overview of the self-publishing business and a selection of tips and tricks to help you develop an author platform and get your work noticed.

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

Surprisingly inspired by the guitar playing of Slash, Jon Sousa began rocking on the guitar at the age of 11. His musical journey soon took him to the extremes of rock and metal, but not before a radical left turn into the world of electronic dance music production. After moving to Colorado in 2003, Jon fell deeply in love with traditions of fingerstyle guitar.

Get Hooked: Beginning Crochet: Registration Opens April 22

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Arts and Crafts
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Level 1, Fresh City Lounge

The ultra portable, easy-to-learn cousin of knitting, our beginning crochet class is a great way to take up this retro hobby. Instructor Christa Rogers will share tips, techniques and her love of this fiber craft in this three-part workshop. And once you have the basics down, Christa will share a handful of great patterns for you to choose from for your first project. After completing this workshop, you’ll be ready to make accessories for yourself or for gifts. There is a $15 fee for Beginning Crochet; all materials provided for this workshop.

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