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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.

Oscar Wilde's Leadville Adventure

Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."

The Day That Eugene Field Punk'd Oscar Wilde

Eugene Field

Based on this photo, you may not guess that the author and journalist, Eugene Field, had a wicked sense of humor. During his tenure as the editor of the Denver Tribune (1880-1883), he pulled many pranks on his friends and acquaintances and even visiting dignitaries.

Portrait of India with Photographer Amy Wright

Photographer Amy Wright hosts a beautiful slide show of her photos as she talks about her journey to India to record the lives of women and their families who have been impacted by microloans.

What is a microloan? It is a very small, short-term loan at low interest, especially for a start-up company or self-employed person. -- dictionary.com

Saturday Sessions: Go Island with Toco Bay

If any music can be said to have charms to soothe the savage breast -- it just might be the ebullient sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Originally coming to the fore during WWII in Trinidad, steel drums were developed by African slaves who were brought to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to work on French and Spanish plantations. The music of these instruments became a direct link to the music of their homeland. 

This Saturday, Denver Public Library hosts Toco Bay, the Colorado duo that uses steel pans to create a beautiful and joyous concert.

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