Last year’s The Sound of Music sing along was crazy fun, so we are bringing back this event with another finger-snapping, toe-tapping musical that you just can’t resist singing along to – Grease. This 1978 gem pairs John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as star-crossed high school sweethearts. It was the career zenith for both of these actors and they really shine like supernovas on the silver screen. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, so dust off your letterman jacket and your favorite poodle skirt. And be prepared to sing it loud – until you’ve got chills that are multiplyin’! 110 minutes. Rated PG 13. Seating is limited; registration encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
In honor of a great local poet, Jake Adam York, whose untimely death in December of 2012, left an entire community of family, friends and students reeling. York was a professor at University of Colorado, Denver and published three books of poetry. He was a great proponent of Southern cooking and especially BBQ; one of his finest poems is about the ways in which food brings us together. And we come together for Jake Adam York – to hear some of his poems read out loud, have a little lemonade and sample some southern cooking. All are welcome! Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity with author David M. Friedman
Thursday, April 16, 7-9 p.m. Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
You might think the Kardashians thought up the idea of being famous for being famous, but before them there was Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith. And before Paris and Anna Nicole, there was Dianne Brill, the club girl who was always out on the town, doing nothing, being seen. But as David M. Friedman shows in his new book, Wilde in America, the true inventor of modern celebrity lived and died long before any of those fame seekers. It was Oscar Wilde, who arrived in America in 1882 as an unknown—it was years before he’d write The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, or An Ideal Husband—and left twelve months later as the second-most-famous Briton in our country, behind only Queen Victoria. Not bad for a writer who hadn’t really written anything. Wilde achieved that improbable feat by giving 150 lectures, including four in Colorado, on interior decorating, singing the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows while wearing satin breeches, silver-buckled pumps, and a snug velvet coat, his face dusted with powder and a hint of rouge. Other European literary men—Dickens and Tocqueville, to name but two—had toured America before Wilde. But they came to learn about America. Wilde came so America could learn about him. Wilde in America has received excellent reviews in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was recently chosen “Book of the Week” by The Times of London. Friedman will discuss his book and all things Oscar here in Denver on April 16. Book signing to follow.
*Books & Authors*
Influencing Hemingway with Author Nancy Sindelar
Tuesday, March 10, 7-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
With a career dedicated to teaching and guiding young learners, Nancy Sindelar knows a little about influencing an intellectual spirit. In her book, Influencing Hemingway, she explores the people and places that made Hemingway into the quintessential masculine voice of American literature. Learn about the people, places and activities that shaped the legendary author who courted life-threatening adventures and glamorous friends while writing novels and short stories that captivated the world. This presentation will include rarely seen photos and excerpts from Hemingway's personal letters to parents, wives, children and friends.
About Nancy Sindelar:
Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D. has spent over 30 years in education as a teacher, administrator, university professor and consultant and has published numerous articles and three books on educational topics. Using her background as a board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and her experience as a teacher of Hemingway: The Man, The Writer, The Legend, Sindelar has made many popular presentations about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. She presented at the International Ernest Hemingway Colloquium in Havana, Cuba in 2011, 2013 and 2015. She was a speaker at the 2014 and 2015 American Literature Association Conferences in Washington, DC and Boston, and the 2014 Hemingway Society Conference in Venice, Italy. She was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Hemingway Celebration in Sun Valley, and in 2015 she spoke at the American Library in Paris. Sindelar also has owned a house in Colorado for over 20 years and is an avid skier.
Influencing Hemingway was inspired by Sindelar’s background in teaching. She states, “As a former English teacher at Hemingway’s alma mater, Oak Park and River Forest High School, I first explored Ernest’s high school years as a means of engaging my students in his novels. I studied Ernest’s yearbooks, his high school writing and even met some of his former teachers. Together my students and I learned that the man who became an international literary figure and sports legend also was an avid reader, a high school athlete, the editor of the school’s newspaper, contributor to the literary magazine and that he played the cello in the school’s orchestra and participated in the school play.” After additional research, including trips to France, Switzerland and Cuba, Influencing Hemingway was written as a modest attempt to document how Ernest Hemingway’s early years and the people and places Ernest was drawn to in his adult life contributed to his thoughts, actions and writing.
Photographer Amy K. Wright: A Portrait of a Microloan in India
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
As a travel and portrait photographer, Amy K. Wright has spent the last 13 years working to capture the faces and landscapes of those in her local and global community. As a team member at Whole Foods Market, she has had the opportunity to visit India twice, in the last 2 years, and witness the transformative power of micro-lending through the Whole Planet Foundation. From this journey, she has created her first photography book entitled A Portrait of a Microloan, which offers a snapshot of the beauty and soul of India, and her first hand experience with microlending in one of the poorest parts of the world.
Join us for an evening that includes Indian tea service and live sarode and tabla Indian music. Copies of Amy’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Books will be available for cash only. All proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.
Classic Film Series: Lily of the Lamplight
DIETRICH: In the German language: the name for a key that opens all locks. Not a magic key. A very real object, necessitating great skill in the making. (from Marlene Dietrich’s ABC) Marlene Dietrich was always looking for new ways to connect with her audience while maintaining a sense of mystery. Like any good sphinx, Marlene knew what to reveal and what to guard- and it’s kept us wondering, thinking and dreaming about her for nearly a century.
Tuesday, March 3, 7-9:30 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Starring Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, and George Raft. Directed by Raoul Walsh.
“Considering the dramatic dominance of the male characters and their ethos, the role of Fay, the short end of a lop-sided triangle, was a thankless one. It is hard to imagine that any of the female stars of the time who were versatile actors (Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck perhaps) could have stood up and held her own against such a blitzkrieg of muscular energy as this film has. Dietrich did.” senseofcinema.com
104 minutes. Unrated.
Starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich. Directed by Orson Welles.
“‘Come on, read my future for me. You haven't got any. What do you mean? Your future is all used up.’ So speaks a fortune-telling madam, played by Marlene Dietrich, to the drunken sheriff of a border town, played by Orson Welles, in Touch of Evil. Her words have a sad resonance, because Welles was never again to direct in Hollywood after making this dark, atmospheric story of crime and corruption.” rogerebert.com 95 minutes. Rated PG-13
Starring Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, and Helen Vinson. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
“I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang is a gritty, uncompromising, critical, and combative look at the unjust and barbaric treatment of criminals in a southern state's prison system following World War I. The harsh and grim melodramatic film was one of the first of Warner Bros.' films of social conscience, reform and protest during the early 30s (at the height of the Depression-era). The film reflected the dire effects of the Great Depression on the common man in its story of a WWI veteran who faced unemployment, was unjustly convicted of a petty robbery, and then twice served and escaped from a southern chain gang as a hunted fugitive during the 1920s. One of the film's taglines described his second escape: ‘Six sticks of dynamite that blasted his way to freedom...and awoke America's conscience!’” – filmsite.org. Don’t miss this rare big screen presentation of this film! 92 minutes. Not rated.
Starring Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, and Leigh Taylor. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
“Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green is a good, solid science-fiction movie, and a little more. It tells the story of New York in the year 2022, when the population has swollen to an unbelievable 80 million, and people live in the streets and line up for their rations of water and Soylent Green. That’s a high-protein foodstuff allegedly made from plankton cultivated in the seas. But is it?” – Roger Ebert. This is Charlton Heston in his greatest gotcha moment on screen after the finale of The Planet of the Apes. 97 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.
If you are a beginning knitting student and you’d like to increase your skill level and broaden your technique base, come by the Fresh City Lounge on Friday afternoons and check into our baby blanket knitting class. With only two skeins of yarn and a pair of needles, you’ll create a lovely receiving blanket for a gift or for yourself. Our talented teacher, Margaret Williams, will be here to guide you through to the last stitch. There is no cost for the instruction and a nominal investment for the materials that you purchase in our Fresh City Lounge. No registration required, but recommended. Register online or call 720-865-1206.
Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Every Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge No Registration Required
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
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!
There’s no need to just hang around waiting for the new season of Game of Thrones to start in April. Come and make your favorite medieval guy or gal a handsome balaclava that looks like chain mail. These incredible hoods were designed especially for our Madame Defarge workshop – so be the first barbarian on your block to own one! No beginning students please (students in this workshop should be comfortable with casting on, knit and purl stitch, increasing and decreasing). Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
GOT Fever? Game of Thrones Viewing Party
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Bring your knitting for the balaclava workshop (or any portable handwork) and catch the GOT fever. We’ll kill almost the entire fourth season in one sitting, if you have the stamina. Bring a sack lunch, favorite nibbles and beverage. It will be a long, fun day. Stay for all of it, or drop in whenever! And catch up with past shows by checking them out from our dvd collection.
Log Cabin Afghan Knit Along Workshop
Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 (with ongoing finishing workshops throughout 2015), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge Registration Required
Making an afghan a square at a time can be a fun and portable way to grow a project. And if the finishing work is the reason you’d never attempt such a thing, this ongoing project will help you through all your finishing hurdles, too! In the month of April, Janny Potter teaches the basics of an afghan pattern that resembles traditional quilted squares. As you finish squares, Janny will help you put them together with professional finishing techniques. Register for this knit along and then you will be notified of finishing workshops peppered throughout the year. No beginning students please. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Weekend Music Series
Saturday, March 7, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Don Prorak’s steel pans and Jim Theobald’s marimba produce a sound larger than their tropical origins, covering calypso, Latin, reggae, pop, jazz, classical, and melodic original tunes.
Planina: Songs of Eastern Europe
Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Planina is a group of singers and instrumentalists from the Denver-Boulder area. They perform haunting and rousing music from Eastern Europe, including songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey and Ukraine, and the Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) traditions from some of those areas. Though mostly not eastern European by heritage, the members share a fascination with the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms and challenging vocal techniques of this region. They have been sharing their delight in this music with Colorado audiences since 1988.
Saturday, March 21, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Join up-and-coming guitarist Brendan Bondurant in an afternoon of guitar music from all around the world. Hear everything from flamenco and bossa-nova to Macedonian folk music and a brand new piece for classical guitar. Tour the world in 60 minutes in this fiesta for the ears.
A Journey Around the World with a Nyckelharpa, Fiddle and a Bow!
Saturday, March 28, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Some form of the violin/fiddle can be found in most cultures around the world. Sandra Wong takes the audience on an exploration of many of these musical worlds on nyckelharpa (the Swedish keyed fiddle) and violin/fiddle ranging from the haunting to the joyful; from the classical to the foot stomping; from the Middle-East to the Fjords of Norway, the Appalachian mountains and many places in between.
Venezuelan Waltzes and Other Latin American Beats with Victor Mestas
Saturday, April 4, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Born in Venezuela, Victor Mestas is as proud of new roots in Boulder as he is of his origins in Latin America. Join him for a beautiful keyboard concert that highlights music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and his beloved Caracas, Venezuela.
Bossa Nova with Sergio and Eric
Saturday, April 11, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Sergio and Eric are a Brazilian guitar duo. Sergio Augusto is the world renowned Brazilian guitarist, vocalist, and composer; he was instrumental in the blossoming of the bossa nova movement in Brazil in the 1960's. Sergio, who sings in many different languages is complemented by award winning Denver based guitarist, bassist, and composer Eric Roberts. Their repertoire ranges from bossa nova classics to jazz standards, and truly keeps the bossa nova sound alive and fresh.
Jazz Classics with The Tom Gershwin Duo
Saturday, April 18, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Always searching for new challenges in his music, trumpeter Tom Gershwin explores the broad range of classic jazz in this duo project. Working with guitarist Bill Kopper, brass and strings combine effortlessly for intimate ballads, joyful swing tunes and some snappy bebop.
Native American Flute with Bear Livmere
Saturday, April 25, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Tradition and new age meet in this concert that blends Native American flute with the influences of Jazz, Blues and Estonian Folk music. Bear Livmere loves the tonal warmth of wooden flutes; he creates unique music full of heart and soul.
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