“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.
Central Library hosts the duo Cabanting and Cline this weekend for the Saturday Session in the great hall. Their original music has a lilting, joyful sound that mixes traditional strains with contemporary passages for a very modern, eclectic collection of songs.
Cabanting and Cline
Saturday, July 12, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Chelsea Cabanting and James Cline will rock the house, performing selections from “True Elf Beauties,” Cline’s album of duos for Ukulele and guitar.
Fresh City Life, adult cultural programming for Central Library, has put together an exciting calendar of free noon concerts for downtowners to break out of their cubicles and enjoy the best that Denver's music scene offers. Leave your cubicle jungle behind for an hour and join us for our summer music series. With a gorgeous view of the park, and access to our balcony, you’ll be serenaded while you have lunch. Grab some food on the way and our friends at Whole Foods Market will supply something sweet to send you back to the office in a state of bliss.
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.
They dazzled at our lunchtime music series last season -- and they're back for an encore performance. Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina make beautiful music together. Both are strong solo performers, but their duets are transporting. They are two voices as one. Don't miss this spectacular concert performance by Denver's musical masters.
In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.
To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.