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.
Marlene Dietrich started her career as a film actress in 1930. Born in 1901, she was thirty before American audiences discovered her in Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel; she became a film superstar and yet she was past the age of ingenue -- a rarity in Hollywood. But she learned auteur and Hollywood lighting and makeup techniques from von Sternberg, who had pioneered 'butterfly lighting' to create perfect shadows on Dietrich's face when photographed in close-ups and medium shots.
The Beautiful Monsters film series wraps up next week with a presentation of the rare Spencer Tracy movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Tracy acted the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde using very little makeup or facial prosthetics because he wanted the evil of Mr. Hyde to come from within. It's a truly fitting rendition of the original Robert Louis Stevenson story that explores the evil that lurks inside all of us. Lana Turner supports as his innocent girlfriend and Ingrid Bergman steals the show as the street walker turned mistress.
The Denver Public Library has been visiting Hollywoods original horror films. The excavation continues this week when we dust off a Universal Studios gem based on the curse of the Egyptian kings, The Mummy. You'll be surprised that the film draws from its monster brother, Dracula and that it bears some similarities to its remake, 1999's The Mummy. And it is just a great popcorn movie for this time of year!
The Mummy (1932)
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
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If your participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), we're hosting a guerrilla workshop that will help you -- with shrewdness. Get great tips and tricks for not only surviving NaNoWriMo, but excelling at your novel writing. If you dream it, begin it!
A Million Monkeys: or Strategies To Get Your Book Written During National Novel Writing Month
October is a perfect month to remember our roots – of horror. Denver Public Library Film Series has scared up four early fright films that all played a role in the way we see monsters in contemporary film. They are all considered classics of the genre and each of them is a treasure trove of Hollywood horror firsts. Beautiful Monster Film Series starts Tuesday, October 7.
Zachary Lazar has a unique voice in American literature. He writes beautiful prose that crosses freely from fiction to reality, blending real people and histories with characters that are born in his own imagination. He's a fascinating writer to watch and he is visiting Denver Public Library this week.
“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.” -- Lord George Gordon Byron
House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!