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Getting To Know Hollywood -- From The Inside Out With The Big Picture

Hollywood might prefer that most mortals do not know or understand her secret world. It's the epicenter of global filmmaking and has, for a hundred years, created the moving images that define and preserve American culture. But much of what goes on behind the scenes is kept from the public eye. Perhaps for good reason. 

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.  

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Extra! Extra! The Okee Dokee Brothers Will Perform a 2nd Free Show!

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Due to high demand for their upcoming free show at the Denver Public Library, The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform a 2nd free show at the Central Library on Saturday, August 22! In addition to their 2 p.m. show, the duo will also play at 11 a.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show begins.

Denver and Beyond!: Adventures with the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Did you know that The Okee Dokee Brothers are going to be playing a kids’ concert at the Central Library onSaturday, August 22 at 2pm? Did you know the Okee Dokee Brothers are Denver natives? It’s true! Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, but their music has taken them far.

The Great Debate: When it Comes to Fiction, Would You Rather . . . .

Cartoon by Tom Gauld:

If you are a fiction reader who uses the Central Library, you know about our extensive fiction collection on Level 2. Right now, the fiction collection is broken into separate sections based on literary genre: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, western, horror and general, literary fiction. Novels within each genre section are shelved alphabetically by author.

This month, we’re asking our customers how they’d like to see the fiction collection arranged. Would you rather . . .

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

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.

Woman Power In a World of Men: Marlene Dietrich in Manpower

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.

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