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Calling all crafters: Camp Gitchacrafton with Stephen Brown

Denver crafters have a unique opportunity to attend two workshops with Stephen Brown, founder of the company Glitterville and author of two beautiful books dedicated to handmade holiday decorations. Stephen joins The Denver Public Library for these free workshops where crafters will have a chance to work with a star in the world of artisan crafting.

"Barbara! Barbara, please! If you need something, ask Carol Ann!" Oh, yeah, we're gonna ask Carol Ann: Meet author Rutanya Alda

Cover of the new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary

Sometimes cult movies happen because the director, cast and crew have set out to make something eccentric and unique. And sometimes cult films happen in spite of, or because of, the passion and certitude that the main players bring to a film production. Mommie Dearest, released in 1981 and almost instantly receiving cult film status, was just such a film -- laced with overwrought performances from Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.

Relax, Knitters: Fridays in the Fresh City Lounge

Take a long lunch. We say it's okay. 

The Denver Public Library is hosting knitters (and crocheters) in our Fresh City Lounge. We'll have an excellent teacher there to help you if you need or teach you a beautiful and simple baby blanket pattern. But you can also bring your own project (any portable handwork is great) and your lunch and just relax in the lounge to help bring your work week to a satisfying finish! 

Mike Fitzmaurice: It's all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble

One of Denver's most sought after solo acts, Mike Fitzmaurice performs at Denver Public Library this Saturday. Come down to Central, pick out some new books or DVDs, and then settle in for one of the best upright bass concerts ever. It's all about that bass.

Michael Fitzmaurice on Upright Bass
Saturday, August 29, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Getting To Know Hollywood -- From The Inside Out With The Big Picture

Hollywood might prefer that most mortals do not know or understand her secret world. It's the epicenter of global filmmaking and has, for a hundred years, created the moving images that define and preserve American culture. But much of what goes on behind the scenes is kept from the public eye. Perhaps for good reason. 

Glitterville's Stephen Brown Knows How To Sparkle

As a boy, crafts and decorating guru Stephen Brown found himself in post-holiday doldrums after every big celebration, but he learned that through crafting for the next upcoming occasion he could turn those feelings around and literally "Make every day a holiday!"

After working as a costume designer for television and film in New York City, Stephen launched Glitterville, his successful line of giftware and holiday decor. He is the author of Glitterville's new holiday how-to book series and can be seen in Hollywood as a judge on TLC's Craft Wars hosted by Tori Spelling.

Fingerless Gloves: or How To Keep Warm and Be Cool While You Work On Your Screenplay At Your Favorite Coffee Shop

Photo by Kara Stanley

If you are banging out a new script and want to make sure that everyone at Starbuck's knows how serious you are about your art, be sure to wear fingerless gloves. They allow you free access to your laptop keys and your smart phone while at the same time communicating a grim dedication to your craft and your sense of fashion. Yeah, these are ridiculously chic. Come and knit a pair or two.  

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Hold on a lady minute: Bianca Jagger cares about environmental injustice & she'd like to know what you are going to do about it

She was a jetsetter of the first water, dashing around the world making films, storming the beautiful people at Studio 54 or modeling clothes for designers like Halston. She dazzled other great icons of the era, including The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, whom she married in 1971. She's a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. And she is one of the most important voices in environmental justice for the world today. She is Bianca Jagger and she's got a bone to pick with the way we treat the planet and its people.

Death Becomes Her: New York Times Bestselling Author, Caitlin Doughty, Visits Denver

“Accepting death doesn't mean you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.”
― Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

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