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Mariachi: A Unique Summer Concert

Mariachi - What Does It Mean?

Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi.

Into Every Life a Little Roald Dahl Must Fall: Tales to Flap the Unflappable

Illustration, The Landlady by Wesley Ryan Clapp

Our third installment of the newly-minted Brown Bag Mysteries creeps to life with a tale from Roald Dahl. The famed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a master of witty, off-kilter writing that leaves the reader feeling unsettled and delighted all at the same time. Tuesday's adult storytime presentation of The Landlady is just such a story.

Brown Bag Mysteries – Storytime for Adults

Saturday Sessions: Divertimento: Flamenco Denver

Cool off while our great hall heats up with a bright and earthy sounds of traditional flamenco music. This free concert includes invitational dancers and live music. Another reason to love Denver -- free concerts at the library every Saturday.

Flamenco Denver
Saturday, June 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Agatha Christie Serves Up Suspense At Brown Bag Mysteries

Caricature of Agatha Christe by artist Rocky Sawyer

Agatha Christie has kept the world turning the pages of her mystery stories for almost 100 years. She is arguably the most popular and well-known female author in the world. While writing dozens of mystery stories and novels, she was also a celebrated dramatist whose play, The Mousetrap, holds the record as the longest running play on the London stage. On this Tuesday at our Brown Bag Mysteries, we're showcasing a story about investigator Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's greatest detective and insufferable genius. Grab some lunch and join us!

Madame Defarge Toasts Irish Crochet In a New Workshop

Fresh City Life debuts a brand new fibers workshop tonight: Drunken Irish Lace. Riffing on the traditional methods of connecting crochet motifs into a larger piece, our teachers are bringing crochet to the edge of modernity. 

Drunken Irish Lace
Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Shakespeare: As She Likes It

The tantalizing theory that William Shakespeare is not the author of the works credited to him has been argued since the 19th century. "The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument that someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. Anti-Stratfordians—a collective term for adherents of the various alternative-authorship theories—say that Shakespeare of Stratford was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit." -- Wikipedia.com

I Have a Date With You: Helen Gillet in Concert at DPL

Helen Gillet

Belgian-born, New Orleans singer and cellist Helen Gillet is keeping her date with Denver. For three years, Helen has arranged a special, same-time-next-year date with Denver Public Library for an amazing concert. She plays her 2014 concert at DPL this Saturday.

Give the video below a listen, and I'm sure that you'll want to keep your date with Helen! She is a well-traveled and seasoned performer; but her music remains fresh and surprising. With elements of jazz and pop, Helen's music evokes French cabarets and always sounds cutting edge. Because it is. 

Shakespeare As Core-Shaker: Reinventing the Human

Shakespeare

Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.

Tina, bring me my tights: Joan Crawford's Torch Song as Swan Song

This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.

Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.

Be Mine, blah, blah, blah: Anti-Valentine's Day Party at DPL

If the treacle-y sweetness of Valentine's Day leaves you feeling not so loving, come sit next to us for a night of ironic, cinema fun. We're throwing our annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party and you're invited!

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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