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.
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.
This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.
Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.
If the treacle-y sweetness of Valentine's Day leaves you feeling not so loving, come sit next to us for a night of ironic, cinema fun. We're throwing our annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party and you're invited!
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Add your own tapestry crochet potholder to our growing installation and become a part of this community event. Free materials are available for this project.
Fresh City Life hosted our makers' event this past Saturday -- an all day workshop that helped to grow our collection of tapestry crochet potholders. They have begun to take over a wall in the Fresh City Lounge and we'll just let it keep growing throughout the year as crocheters add to this fun art piece.
Their public personas, film roles and private lives intersected in what became one of Hollywood's great love stories. Or was it? There are so many conflicting and curious tales of this amazing duo that it can be difficult to separate reality from rumor and lore from everyday life. See it all on the big screen! Keep up to date on upcoming films and other events at Central on the Fresh City Life calendar.
Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple
Arguably the most durable screen duo in cinema history, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made nine films together from 1942 to 1967. They were also linked together romantically off-screen. Even though Tracy remained married to his wife until his death, he and Hepburn lived together discreetly for many years. See these acting legends in four of their greatest films. Fresh City Life will also be giving away a Hepburn/Tracy film on dvd during the talk back at the end of each film showing!
The Fresh City Life team is working hard to create and schedule some terrific events in 2014. We'll be celebrating Shakespeare's birthday in March, booking lots of great musicians, and we've even got some new cards up our sleeves. Keep an eye on our full Fresh City Life calendar as new event listings will be popping up each week.
January is a time for renewal and reawakening. FCL promises to bring you possibilities for both!
Great music events are already booked -- with Mike DeLalla kicking off our Weekend Music Series on Saturday, January 11 at 2p. Mike is considered one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the U.S.
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.
Our knitting salon has been hosting knitters, crocheters and fiber hobbyists for nearly ten years! And our lady of the yarn, Madame Defarge, loves to bring her crew together at the end of the year -- just for fun! Great light snacks, a warm cup of cider and the joy of hanging out together. Join us for this festive annual tradition. And check out more adult cultural events at Fresh City Life.
Madame Defarge’s Holiday Party
Monday, December 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
As we begin to fill our 2014 events calendar with fun, educational and exciting programs, Fresh City Life pauses to wish you the very best for the holiday season! Join us for a chance to toast a wonderful year of community and sharing at our Fresh City Life Open House. And see our upcoming events (2013-2014) on the Fresh City Life events calendar.
Fresh City Life Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 1, 1-5 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
You’re invited to join us for a glass of spiced cider and a chance to share some of the good cheer of the season. We’ll have our button makers up and running for you to make a merry button and all of our cool yarn and crafting items will be discounted for your gift making and giving. Here’s to a happy holiday time for all. Hope to see you there!