On weekday mornings a crowd typically gathers in front of the library doors. Rain or shine, a few dozen people stand around waiting for staff to open the library so they can get on the computers, pick up their holds or work on their projects in the relative peace and quiet we provide. Some rub the sleep out of their eyes while slowly adjusting to the waking world, others stand up straight, clutch steaming coffee cups, backpacks on their backs or briefcases in hand. Others have blankets draped over their shoulders to ward off the morning chill.
Funny man and legendary comic Dave Chappelle spent his 41st birthday (August 24th) at Red Rocks Amphitheatre pushing the envelope of comedy and remaining consistent from start to finish. Dave Chappelle's agreeable stage presence and ability to connect with the crowd was immediate! This was my first time seeing him live and his raunchy, comedic, gut-busting style did not disappoint. I have always admired Dave's way of presenting racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture.
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.
Saturday, June 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Don't get caught out in the cold when you come downtown for the Parade of Lights this Saturday. We're holding a comfortable spot for you to enjoy a holiday concert before you venture out for the parade. And we'll keep the home fires burning all winter with terrific programming and community -- keep up to date with our event listings on our Fresh City Life calendar.
Fresh City Life's 6th annual holiday concert showcasing The Denver Gay Men's Chorus happens this Saturday. And our wonderful crew of baristas at DPLs The Coffee Mug want to pitch in on the holiday spirit. Anytime on Saturday, from 10a-4p, wander into their cozy coffee shop just inside the east entrance and take 10% off your beverage order by simply saying "Parade of Lights." A great deal and sure to warm you up on a cold day. Pick something up on your way to the concert.
tintinnabulation: 1) the ringing or sounding of bells 2) a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells
Fresh City Life is making beautiful music with Arts & Venues Denver this year. Our shared May event, a concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers, continues a partnership of free and spectacular cultural programming.
Here's my street cred on this topic: I grew up attending a Presbyterian church and, in my experience, two things were always certain at church. First, during services, when the 'moment of fellowship' arrived and we were all supposed to turn to a relative stranger and greet them with a handshake or (gasp) hug, we instead would turn to one of our own family members and greet them -- with very restrained joy. And secondly, there was always a bell choir. Always. It's a tradition that I'm glad has continued on -- and I write that with joy unrestrained.
Denver Public Library's Schlessman Hall hosts some of Colorado's most talented musicians in the Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series -- free! This Saturday, concert-goers will hear the strange and beautiful sounds of the nyckelharpa played by Sandra Wong.
The nyckelharpa might be the duck-billed platypus of the music world. Swedish in origin, it combines the strings of a violin, the shape of steel guitar or violin and keys used to change tones or pitch. A cousin of the hurdy gurdy, this odd instrument always delights audiences.
Our live music series continues with a spectacular concert featuring the Texas group APQ Tango (AKA The Austin Piazzolla Quintet). Monday, April 1 at Central Library.
They're one of the most popular tango groups in the region, and APQ will be playing a special, free concert for us this Monday night! As an added bonus, dancers from Parasol Arts will be on hand to add traditional tango dances to some of APQ's music selections. Hope you can join us for a memorable evening.
Nuevo Tango with APQ Monday, April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet) was recently dubbed the Number-One-Not-To-Be-Missed group at the 2012 Houston International Festival. APQ has been stunning audiences in Austin and beyond since 2009. Featuring some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, APQ specializes in the intense and passionate compositions of the late Astor Piazzolla.