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Madame Defarge University for Knitters

Designed by Ann Myhre

When Fresh City Life talked to our expert fibers teacher, Ann Myhre, (Knitty Cat) about a knitting workshop that would incorporate multiple knitting and finishing techniques, she dreamt up this sweet little bag that allows knitters to rack up a lot of new skills in a compact project.

Finish this great purse in our June workshop and you'll move to the head of the class at Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon. Rarely does a knitting pattern offer up this many chances to practice new techniques, and with our dedicated knitting teachers for your tutors, you'll be graduating from intermediate to advanced knitter this summer. Grow your knitting skills for better fall crafting!

In the Clutch: Zippered Handbag Workshop

The Fearless Flight of Icarus Explored In Staged Reading at DPL

Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.

This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.

Author Dean Fetzer Debuts His New Novel At DPL

Fetzer signing copies of his books in the Vida Ellison Gallery of Central.

An intimate but enthusiastic group gathered to hear excerpts from Dean Fetzer's newest novel, Dead Silent.

The author, visiting from London, chatted with the audience and then read passages from the finale in his Jaared Sen Quartet. Dean took questions from the audience, and then signed copies of his books for excited collectors. 

Denver Public Library owns these Fetzer titles:

Death in Amber

Get Bugged with Artist Marie Gibbons

Samples of the June bugs Marie will be teaching students to make at Camp G.

Learn how to make these extraordinary ceramic bugs with local artist Marie Gibbons at Camp Gitchacrafton.

There's always something exciting going on in Marie E.v.B Gibbons's studio just off Tennyson. Right now she is working on a group art project guided by Susan Lomuto of New York; all participating artists are creating works of art using debris collected by Susan on the shores after Hurricane Sandy. You can see one of Marie's completed sculptures for the Peace By Piece Art Project (second photo from the bottom).

Summer Road Trip: Up Close and Behind the Scenes at Central City Opera

Once a year, we take our special road trip up to Central City for an exclusive tour of the Central City Opera, a chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes and a great summer outing into the mountains!

Central City Opera Road Trip
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Central City Opera House
124 Eureka Street, Central City 80247
Meet at the Central City Opera House Garden at 11 a.m.

Nature in Paperclay®: Crafting for the Masses

Rose designed by Emma Ginsberg

Fresh City Life started Crafts for the Masses last year to provide an opportunity for a lot of like-minded creatives to be in a big room to make and learn together. We like to think of Crafts for the Masses as Reverend Sun Myung Moon mass wedding -- except for crafts. And less commitment.

Crafts for the Masses: Nature in Paperclay®
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

darn@DAM: The Banality of Words

Fresh City Life takes our show on the road with the Denver Art Museum’s last Friday events – untitled. These wildly popular evenings are a chance to enjoy the collection of the DAM and meet new people. Untitled #57: Darn, celebrates all the meanings of that word from correcting or repairing knitted and woven items to its very unimpressive use as an expletive.

Untitled: Darn at DAM
Friday, May 31, 6-10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

Camp Gitchacrafton -- retro crafting at summer camp

We're going to camp out -- just for one night of crafting fun. Our third annual Etsy Craft Party coincides with the national and international Etsy parties being held at the same time. Actually, ours is a day ahead of the official date, so you can be the first crafters of the camping season.

Camp Gitchacrafton
Wednesday, June 19, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park
144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Serving Festival Realness At Denver Pride

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde

Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is proud to join Denver’s GLBT community at this year’s PrideFest. Take a break from all the pageantry in Civic Center Park and join us inside the McNichols Building for some interior gaiety. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the McNick. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be sampling cooling beverages and FCL will be helping you make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating famous faces or quotes from queer history.

Jon Sousa In Concert at DPL This Saturday

The Weekend Music Series at Central Library continues this weekend with a free concert featuring acoustic guitarist, Jon Sousa.

A friendly and generous musician based out of Boulder, Colorado, Jon is best known for his love of traditional Irish music, solo fingerstyle guitar, and rock music. He approaches the guitar with tenderness and a depth of feeling that is rare.

Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa
Saturday, May 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

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