Join Fresh City Life and Denver Public Library for a special afternoon highlighting the work of Colorado's Poet Laureate, David Mason. Mason’s books of poems include The Buried Houses (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), The Country I Remember (winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award), and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, was published in 2007, and named best poetry book of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was also featured on the PBS News Hour. His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, The Irish Times, and The Southern Review. Anthologies include Best American Poetry and others. A former Fulbright Fellow to Greece, he serves as Poet Laureate of Colorado and teaches at Colorado College.
Who’s Your Rebel? @ DAM's Untitled #66
Friday, April 25, 6-10 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza
If you’ve got a bit of defiance in you, come to our event at the Denver Art Museum and find out who your rebellious artist guide is. We’ll ask you a few fun questions like ‘Would you be more likely to not make your bed or not vote in the next general election?’ – and your answers will connect you with your rebel artist. Once matched, you will create a mojo pendant using a thumbnail version of art by your rebellion mentor! What you do with your newfound defiant nature is no business of ours. DAMS Untitled is a great Friday night event every month. General admission for Untitled events is $10 and the Fresh City Life offering is free with admission. For more details, please visit the Denver Art Museum website.
Image: Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) by Andy Warhol
Shakespeare in Space: A Bard’s Birthday Party
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, join Fresh City Life and Shakespearean scholar Rachael Deagman for an exploration of space: the performance spaces that were the original stage for Shakespeare’s writing. We often think about William Shakespeare’s astonishingly rich and complex use of language and his clever experimentation with genre. But we should also remember that his plays were written to move from page to stage; that is to say, they were meant to be performed by embodied actors in a playing space. To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ll learn about the public and private playhouses in London where the bard’s plays were put on. Did we mention there’d be cake? There will be cake. Free and open to the public.
Mommie Dearest Brunch
Featuring Mommie Dearest star Rutanya Alda (“Carol Ann”) In-Person!
Hosted by film critic and writer Walter Chaw
Saturday, May 10, noon-4:30 p.m. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax, 80206 Purchase Tickets Online
Enjoy an afternoon with film and stage actress, Rutanya Alda, who played the long suffering maid, Carol Ann, to Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in the camp, cult classic Mommie Dearest. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be serving up Mom’s Day realness with a brunch fit for Hollywood royalty. Stay after the screening of Mommie Dearest for the most tasty scoop; Ms. Alda will be dishing up stories from her upcoming book, Mommie Dearest Diary, about playing opposite Faye Dunaway in the film that Faye won’t talk about. Host Walter Chaw will guide a post-film discussion and Ms. Alda will meet her fans in the theatre lobby after the film.
It will be a slice of old Hollywood, so grab your Mom (or leave her at home if you haven’t finished your Christmas card list) and enjoy a memorable day at the movies.
Stand up brunch begins at noon. Showtime is 1:15 p.m. Post screening reading and conversation to follow film. Tickets: $15 non-members / $12 members (Denver Film Society & library card holders). Purchase tickets at the box office or online at www.denverfilm.org.
Open Up Your Von Trapp and Sing With The Sound of Music
Friday, May 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer.
Do we care if you are pitch perfect? No. Will we fuss if you don’t know all the words? No. But we will have trouble naming all of our favorite things without your help, so join us for a unique opportunity to sing somewhere other than your shower. Central City Opera will be on hand to award some tickets to the summer production of The Sound of Music, too. Relive the classic film with music so memorable that, on one special night in Denver, we’ll all be cast members of this beloved classic. Lyrics will be available for everyone. Costumes encouraged! 174 minutes. Rated G.
Frida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del Botón
Sunday, May 4, noon-4 p.m.
Acoma Plaza near the west entrance of the Central Library
In celebration of Mexican culture and Cinco de Mayo, Fresh City Life hosts a stand just outside our west entrance. Come by to sample some traditional aguas frescas (which means fresh waters), light and refreshing beverages made from fruit juices, fresh fruit and other natural ingredients. We’ll also have all of our button makers on hand so that you can create a cool button or magnet commemorating the day. All free and open to the public.
Classic Film Series
Sing Out, Sister: Broadway Musicals Through a Hollywood Lens
Filmmakers have always turned to Broadway for inspiration and story ideas. And producing song and dance numbers for film is as old as sound recording on film itself – beginning with the movie The Jazz Singer in 1927. Fresh City Life takes a fresh look at four classic films – all stage hits interpreted by Hollywood for mass film audiences.
Directed by Charles Walters. Starring Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell.
Colorado’s first daughter, Margaret Brown, is given the Broadway treatment in this lavish musical. Debbie Reynolds stars in the film that changed ‘Margaret’ to ‘Molly’ and reminded filmgoers that even if the ship is going down, you can sing your troubles away. 128 minutes. Not rated.
Directed by Bob Fosse. Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera.
Sweet Charity was Bob Fosse’s memorable directorial debut; the film is a redux of the Broadway hit that won nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1966. The original story is lifted from the Fellini film, The Nights of Cabiria. In Fellini’s films, the main character is a prostitute – in Sweet Charity, she is a taxi dancer – a woman who dances with strangers for money. But the story is the same: Sweet Charity is aptly subtitled, “The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted To Be Loved.” Add in thoughtful Cy Coleman music and choreography by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and you have a film/musical experience like no other. 149 minutes. Not rated.
Directed by Stanley Donen. Starring Jane Powell, Howard Keel.
This delightful musical actually worked its way back to Broadway; it was a film musical first and later was translated to the stage for Broadway (1982) and London (1985). Beautifully framed so that it ‘reads’ like a stage musical, the sets and backdrops are presented with such artificial grandeur that it makes a Currier and Ives print look like photo realism. But, that is part of its charm – as is the amazing singing and dancing of the principals. 102 minutes. Unrated.
Directed by Fred Zinneman. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones.
No American musical has captured the ideals of westward expansion and manifest destiny like Oklahoma! Arguably, the finest stage production created by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, it loses nothing in the translation to celluloid. If anything, a huge Oklahoma sky, as big as the dreams of the main characters, fits more perfectly on a movie screen. See this classic musical on the big screen! 145 minutes. Not rated.
Denver Public Library Classic Film Series
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Tuesday, May 6, 6-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Michael Cimino. Starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, Rutanya Alda.
“The Deer Hunter is said to be about many subjects: About male bonding, about mindless patriotism, about the dehumanizing effects of war, about Nixon's "silent majority." It is about any of those things that you choose, if you choose, but more than anything else, it is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.” Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. Note: due to the extended runtime, showtime will be 6 p.m. for this film. 182 minutes. Rated R.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Fred Walton. Starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda.
“Fred Walton's 1979 chiller When a Stranger Calls explores the oft-heard urban legend of the lonely babysitter terrified by phone calls coming from somewhere... within the house! The film's opening 20 minutes is considered one of the most terrifying scenes in horror history thanks to a riveting orchestral score by then 25-year-old Dana Kaproff (The Big Red One) and brooding, austere cinematography by Donald Peterman (Flashdance, Cocoon), and the sequence was rated at #28 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.” Ray Crowe, voices.yahoo.com. 97 minutes. Rated R.
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas.
Why is Ninotchka so special in the pantheon of golden age films? Greta Garbo, the serious Swedish sphinx had never laughed on film and rarely smiled. In this comedy, co-written by Billy Wilder, a clever love story with great dialogue propels Garbo toward her first big screen laugh – and she’s pretty funny doing it, too. 110 minutes. Not rated.
A Star is Born (1954)
Tuesday, May 27, 6:30-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by George Cukor. Starring Judy Garland, James Mason.
Judy Garland’s triumphant comeback movie. It was a blockbuster at the box office and launched the last chapter of her public life – huge international concerts and television appearances. In A Star is Born, viewers get to see all the drive and talent and pathos that fueled Judy Garland. See the legend in the legendary film. 154 minutes. Rated PG.
Events and social occasions that encourage all of us to get out amongst’em. Come and enjoy great people, opportunities to be involved, and the seriousness of frivolity.
Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
Please note: All Denver Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 26.
Every Monday evening the Fresh City Lounge is open for freestyle stitchers to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters.
Curious Classes: Beginning Knitting and Crochet
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required Please note: All Denver Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 26.
Every Monday night, we'll accept walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit or crochet. Our teacher will host up to six beginning students in either discipline, first-come, first-served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Monday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too!
Felted Ballet Slippers
Mondays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge Registration Closed
Knitting experts Janny Potter and Ann Myhre teach all the steps for creating cozy house slippers in earthy and durable felted knitting. This is a great project for any knitter and an excellent introduction to the technique of knitting oversize and shrinking a project into a thick, warm felt. All materials except needles will be provided; $25 materials fee. Students in this workshop should know basic knitting stitches (knit, purl, cast on, bind off, decrease and increase); no beginning students please. Registration is closed.
Learn about circular motif knitting, based on Nicky Epstein’s book of the same name. Experts Ann Myhre and Janny Potter will help you create a series of fun and challenging motifs that can be used as separates, embellishments or pieces of a larger project. Students should know basic knitting stitches (casting on, binding off, knit, purl, inc, dec stitches). $15 for all materials. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Weekend Music Series
Saturday, April 19, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Experience acoustic world fusion! Perpetual Motion, elegant with an element of adventure, blends the sounds of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, blues and rock, which informs their original compositions and cover tunes. Featuring violinist Josie Quick and guitarist Tom Carleno.
Manuel Molina, Latin Solo Guitar
Saturday, April 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Born in Peru, internationally recognized guitarist Manuel Molina, began his career as a musician at a very young age. At age seventeen, he became the youngest conductor of the Peruvian National Symphony. He travels extensively and plays solo guitar tours all over the world. Denver Public Library is pleased to be hosting Manuel Molina for this afternoon of exceptional Latin solo guitar.
Transcendent Irish: Jon Sousa and Adam Agee
Saturday, May 3, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are two of Colorado’s most sought-after traditional Irish musicians. Since 2004, they have been journeying together through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Adam and Jon have put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.
Heart and Soul: Sitar Concert
Saturday, May 10, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Featuring Chris ‘Citrus’ Sauthoff. When George Harrison and The Beatles befriended Ravi Shankar, the traditional instrument of classical Indian music, the sitar, was embraced by American audiences. It is often heard in world music; its sympathetic tones marrying well with a wide range of musical genres. Chris ‘Citrus’ Sauthoff brings his signature style to the sitar – the soul of traditional Indian music.
Lute with Ben Cohen
Saturday, May 17, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Let’s party like its 1599! Lutenist Ben Cohen performs lively lute music from the renaissance to the early baroque, including music of Elizabethan England by famed English composer John Dowland, and German baroque music by J.S. Bach’s contemporary Silvius Leopold Weiss.
Strings with Sandra Wong and James Hoskins
Saturday, May 24, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Each of these performers have appeared at Denver Public Library as solo performers. This concert will mark their debut concert at the library as a duo. Both of these talented musicians are sought-after performers in Denver and their presentations at Central Library are always much anticipated. Enjoy the haunting and lyrical music of cello, violin and other stringed instruments at this community event.
One Man Band with Dan Tulinko
Saturday, May 31, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Accordion maestro, Dan Tulinko, will demonstrate the fascinating versatility of the instrument nicknamed the ‘one man band’ known for its ability to carry and create both the harmonic and melodic structure of a song at the same time. From button box and piano accordion, Dan uses the ‘squeeze box’ to play jazz, vaudeville and European folk music.
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