Two local musicians, Jeff Hooton and Rex Spease, have come together to channel music that evokes a Paris street, wet with December rain, chilly yet happy with the bustle of shoppers; cafes full of beautiful people watching the world go by; and 1930s night clubs celebrating the time before the war. Jeff and Rex specialize in being multi-instrumental, so their concert includes music on accordion, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Vive la France!
Saturday, December 26, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Guitarist and vocalist Lorian Bartle will feature a mix of traditional and classical favorites to celebrate the winter holiday season. Songs from the French- and German-speaking world, Baroque gems, and classical guitar arrangements of beloved holiday songs will be showcased in this hour-long performance.
Saturday, December 19, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Take a multi-instrumental musical tour of the Mediterranean, the Balkan Peninsula, Ireland, and Northern Europe. Sandra Wong and Steve Mullins highlight traditional and original compositions featuring the Spanish flamenco guitar, Swedish nykleharpa, Bulgarian tambura, violin, mandolin, and banjola. Steve is a music professor at CU Boulder and principal guitarist for Flamenco Denver. Sandra is a virtuoso violinist and nykleharpist. Together they create musical magic!
Saturday, December 12, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
This exciting group of musicians and singers hails from the Denver-Boulder area, but they all have metaphoric roots in Eastern Europe. Planina performs haunting and rousing music from the region, including songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey and Ukraine, and the Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) traditions from some of those areas. Though mostly not eastern European by heritage, the members share a fascination with the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms and challenging vocal techniques of this region.
Talented knitting and crochet instructor Margaret Williams is taking charge of our Friday lunchtime knitting circle. She’ll be offering patterns for several blankets that can be made for baby gifts, or with a little adjustment, into lap afghans. Seriously chic patterns, great yarns and a fun, relaxing way to spend your Friday lunch hour. Work on a new blanket pattern or bring your own project to work on! Get out of your cubicle jungle, grab some lunch and hang out in the Fresh City Lounge. No Registration Required https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh#unwind
Photo credit: Altadena Green