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Hollywood Royalty: Rutanya Alda Talks About the Mommie of All Movies

Rutanya Alda

Though she has 100 film credits and has turned in amazing performances in movies like The Deer Hunter and Amityville Horror II, Rutanya Alda is linked forever, and to her delight, to the camp classic, Mommie Dearest. She comes to Denver Public Library tomorrow evening to tell stories and sign copies of her new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary. Meet Hollywood Royalty!

Something Glittery This Way Comes: Glitterville's Stephen Brown Teaches Workshops at Central Library This Saturday

The Denver Public Library will be sparkling this Saturday. Glitterville founder, Stephen Brown, will be hosting two amazing workshops here to new fans and old. And all participants will take a finished craft project from Stephen's holiday books home with them. This a a free workshop, though registration is required. 

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.

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

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.  

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

Meet Marceline the Vampire Queen

Olivia Olson, who is the voice actor behind Marceline the Vampire Queen, will be joining her father, Martin Olson, to talk about all things Adventure Time - the popular animated series that features both Olivia and her dad as characters. Martin Olson plays Olivia's father on the show as well -- acting the part of Hunson Abadeer. Meet them both at their author event here at Denver Public Library this month. 

Oscar Wilde: Impressions of Colorado

Excerpt from Oscar Wilde's essay, Impressions of America, "From Salt Lake City one travels over the great plains of Colorado and up the Rocky Mountains, on the top of which is Leadville, the richest city in the world. It has also got the reputation of being the roughest, and every man carries a revolver. I was told that if I went there they would be sure to shoot me or my travelling manager. I wrote and told them that nothing that they could do to my travelling manager would intimidate me.

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