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!
It's the most watched film in cinema history. How well do you know the movie and its source novel? Click on the photo to reveal the correct answer.
1. The shabby, yet theatrical jacket (pictured left) worn by Professor Marvel was purchased for actor Frank Morgan at a second hand shop. One day on the set he turned over the lapel to discover the original owner of the jacket. Whose was it?
2. Did L. Frank Baum name Dorothy Gale after a real person?
3. What was used to tint the multi-colored "horse of a different color"?
“I didn’t tell him that I grew up in an ugly city that taught me how to look between dust and rubbish and potholes to find a splinter of glass that looked like unmelting ice, beautiful in its defiance of the sun.” ― Kamila Shamsie, Kartography
Looking at your urban environment can be as exciting and thought-provoking as any pastoral vision. Capture the rhythms and patterns of the city and it's architecture in a fun, community event.
Every Saturday at 2 p.m., Fresh City Life, adult cultural programming at the Central Library, hosts a concert showcasing the best local musicians and even a few visiting guest artists. These concerts are always free and open to the public. Free concerts at the Central Library - another reason to get downtown! And this weekend's performer is the amazing fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow.
Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, August 16, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Celebrating the music that ignites dancers, this Flamenco guitar concert features one of Denver's finest traditional guitarists, Steve Mullins. It is different from classical guitar -- the player holds himself differently and the guitar itself is meant to be played fast with less 'sustain' than a classic guitar. This helps to keep the fast-paced Flamenco pieces from sounding muddy. In the hands of master guitarist Steve Mullins, the passion and color of Flamenco music is a fiery pleasure.
No Denver singer evokes the recordings of the early days of radio like Anne Rigley. Her voice is a beautiful blend of warm compassion with a hint of that old-fashioned metallic sound of a songbird behind a giant microphone. She breathes new life into classic songs and sentimental standards like It's Only a Paper Moon -- made famous in the film, Paper Moon (starring father/daughter team Ryan and Tatum O'Neal). For our Saturday concert, Ann is backed up by talented bass player, Joe Rigley and renowned banjo player, Eric Woods.
This detail of a knitted piece by expert fiber artist Ann Myhre is an example of one of the most exciting trends in knitting today -- swing knitting. Complex color schemes combine with a stitching technique called 'short rows' to create organic and structured squares. If you are ready for fun and challenging handwork, this is a perfect workshop to take your knitting into the future.
Mondays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.