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Agatha Christie Serves Up Suspense At Brown Bag Mysteries

Caricature of Agatha Christe by artist Rocky Sawyer

Agatha Christie has kept the world turning the pages of her mystery stories for almost 100 years. She is arguably the most popular and well-known female author in the world. While writing dozens of mystery stories and novels, she was also a celebrated dramatist whose play, The Mousetrap, holds the record as the longest running play on the London stage. On this Tuesday at our Brown Bag Mysteries, we're showcasing a story about investigator Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's greatest detective and insufferable genius. Grab some lunch and join us!

Dustin Hoffman Thought He'd Be Prettier -- As a Woman

Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.

Garbo Laughs -- Tonight

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka

See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'

Ninotchka (1939)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Rutanya Alda: Notes on The Deer Hunter

Film and stage actress Rutanya Alda has a great memory about her work in film. Her Mommie Dearest Diaries, a diary of her work in and recollections of making the movie, Mommie Dearest, is currently awaiting its publishing home. In tribute to her eclectic career in film and honoring her upcoming visit to Denver, Fresh City Life is showing two of her other well-known movies -- The Deer Hunter and When a Stranger Calls.

Frida Kahlo's Bodega del Botón

Fresh City Life is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a booth just outside the west entrance of the library. Look for our bright, fiesta-colored tissue paper flowers! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have donated lemonade for you and we'll have all of our button makers in action so that you can make a little keepsake of the day.

Frida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del Botón
Sunday, May 4, noon-4 p.m.
Acoma Plaza near the west entrance of the Central Library

The Sound of Music Sing Along: An International Phenomenon

Given the fact that the real story of the Von Trapps is very different from the story told in the film musical, I wonder why the movie has become one of the most beloved in American cinema. 

Open Up Your Von Trapp and Sing

Join Fresh City Life for our first ever sing along film night! We've got the film cued up, there'll be fresh, hot popcorn and lots of fun and laughs. Don't hide your gift for singing show tunes in your big Ethel Merman voice -- share it with the world this Friday. And one lucky audience member will win tickets to the upcoming production of The Sound of Music set for this summer at the Buell Theatre!

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Classic Film Showing: Oklahoma! with Shirley Jones

Oklahoma!

It is arguably the finest musical ever translated to film. It's as big and colorful as the state it is named after; Oklahoma! debuts at the Denver Public Library Classic Film Series this Tuesday.

Oklahoma! (1955)
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

I Have a Date With You: Helen Gillet in Concert at DPL

Helen Gillet

Belgian-born, New Orleans singer and cellist Helen Gillet is keeping her date with Denver. For three years, Helen has arranged a special, same-time-next-year date with Denver Public Library for an amazing concert. She plays her 2014 concert at DPL this Saturday.

Give the video below a listen, and I'm sure that you'll want to keep your date with Helen! She is a well-traveled and seasoned performer; but her music remains fresh and surprising. With elements of jazz and pop, Helen's music evokes French cabarets and always sounds cutting edge. Because it is. 

Shakespeare As Core-Shaker: Reinventing the Human

Shakespeare

Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.

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