Fresh City Life Events
*Special Events*

Barbecue and Poetry: A Tribute to Jake Adam YorkBarbecue and Poetry: A Tribute to Jake Adam York
Saturday, April 11, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

In honor of a great local poet, Jake Adam York, whose untimely death in December of 2012, left an entire community of family, friends and students reeling. York was a professor at University of Colorado, Denver and published three books of poetry. He was a great proponent of Southern cooking and especially BBQ; one of his finest poems is about the ways in which food brings us together. And we come together for Jake Adam York – to hear some of his poems read out loud, have a little lemonade and sample some southern cooking. All are welcome! Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity with author David M. FriedmanWilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity with author David M. Friedman
Thursday, April 16, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center

You might think the Kardashians thought up the idea of being famous for being famous, but before them there was Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith. And before Paris and Anna Nicole, there was Dianne Brill, the club girl who was always out on the town, doing nothing, being seen. But as David M. Friedman shows in his new book, Wilde in America, the true inventor of modern celebrity lived and died long before any of those fame seekers. It was Oscar Wilde, who arrived in America in 1882 as an unknown—it was years before he’d write The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, or An Ideal Husband—and left twelve months later as the second-most-famous Briton in our country, behind only Queen Victoria. Not bad for a writer who hadn’t really written anything. Wilde achieved that improbable feat by giving 150 lectures, including four in Colorado, on interior decorating, singing the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows while wearing satin breeches, silver-buckled pumps, and a snug velvet coat, his face dusted with powder and a hint of rouge. Other European literary men—Dickens and Tocqueville, to name but two—had toured America before Wilde. But they came to learn about America. Wilde came so America could learn about him. Wilde in America has received excellent reviews in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was recently chosen “Book of the Week” by The Times of London. Friedman will discuss his book and all things Oscar here in Denver on April 16. Book signing to follow.

 

*Film*

Classic Film Series

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain GangI Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
Tuesday, April 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, and Helen Vinson. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
“I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang is a gritty, uncompromising, critical, and combative look at the unjust and barbaric treatment of criminals in a southern state's prison system following World War I. The harsh and grim melodramatic film was one of the first of Warner Bros.' films of social conscience, reform and protest during the early 30s (at the height of the Depression-era). The film reflected the dire effects of the Great Depression on the common man in its story of a WWI veteran who faced unemployment, was unjustly convicted of a petty robbery, and then twice served and escaped from a southern chain gang as a hunted fugitive during the 1920s. One of the film's taglines described his second escape: ‘Six sticks of dynamite that blasted his way to freedom...and awoke America's conscience!’” – filmsite.org. Don’t miss this rare big screen presentation of this film! 92 minutes. Not rated.

Soylent GreenSoylent Green (1973)
Tuesday, April 28, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, and Leigh Taylor. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
“Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green is a good, solid science-fiction movie, and a little more. It tells the story of New York in the year 2022, when the population has swollen to an unbelievable 80 million, and people live in the streets and line up for their rations of water and Soylent Green. That’s a high-protein foodstuff allegedly made from plankton cultivated in the seas. But is it?” – Roger Ebert. This is Charlton Heston in his greatest gotcha moment on screen after the finale of The Planet of the Apes.  97 minutes. Rated PG.

 

*Social Events*

Gather

Events and social occasions that encourage all of us to get out amongst’em. Come and enjoy great people, opportunities to be involved, and the seriousness of frivolity.

New for this Winter!Build a Better Baby Blanket
Build a Better Baby Blanket
Fridays, March and April, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Recommended

If you are a beginning knitting student and you’d like to increase your skill level and broaden your technique base, come by the Fresh City Lounge on Friday afternoons and check into our baby blanket knitting class. With only two skeins of yarn and a pair of needles, you’ll create a lovely receiving blanket for a gift or for yourself. Our talented teacher, Margaret Williams, will be here to guide you through to the last stitch. There is no cost for the instruction and a nominal investment for the materials that you purchase in our Fresh City Lounge. No registration required, but recommended. Register online or call 720-865-1206.

Madame Defarge’s Knitting SalonMadame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Every Monday*, 5-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
No Registration Required

Every Monday evening the Fresh City Lounge is open for freestyle stitchers to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters. *Please note, the Library will be closed on Monday, March 30.

Curious Classes: Beginning Knitting and CrochetCurious Classes: Beginning Knitting and Crochet
Every Monday*, 5-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
No Registration Required

Every Monday night, we'll accept walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit or crochet. Our teacher will host up to six beginning students in either discipline, first-come, first-served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Monday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too! *Please note, the Library will be closed on Monday, March 30.

Log Cabin Afghan Knit Along WorkshopLog Cabin Afghan Knit Along Workshop
Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 (with ongoing finishing workshops throughout 2015), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Making an afghan a square at a time can be a fun and portable way to grow a project. And if the finishing work is the reason you’d never attempt such a thing, this ongoing project will help you through all your finishing hurdles, too! In the month of April, Janny Potter teaches the basics of an afghan pattern that resembles traditional quilted squares. As you finish squares, Janny will help you put them together with professional finishing techniques. Register for this knit along and then you will be notified of finishing workshops peppered throughout the year. No beginning students please. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

 

*Music*

Weekend Music Series

A Journey Around the World with a Nyckelharpa, Fiddle and a Bow!

A Journey Around the World with a Nyckelharpa, Fiddle and a Bow!
Saturday, March 28, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Some form of the violin/fiddle can be found in most cultures around the world. Sandra Wong takes the audience on an exploration of many of these musical worlds on nyckelharpa (the Swedish keyed fiddle) and violin/fiddle ranging from the haunting to the joyful; from the classical to the foot stomping; from the Middle-East to the Fjords of Norway, the Appalachian mountains and many places in between.

Venezuelan Waltzes and Other Latin American Beats with Victor Mestas

Venezuelan Waltzes and Other Latin American Beats with Victor Mestas
Saturday, April 4, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Born in Venezuela, Victor Mestas is as proud of new roots in Boulder as he is of his origins in Latin America. Join him for a beautiful keyboard concert that highlights music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and his beloved Caracas, Venezuela.

Bossa Nova with Sergio and Eric

Bossa Nova with Sergio and Eric
Saturday, April 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Sergio and Eric are a Brazilian guitar duo. Sergio Augusto is the world renowned Brazilian guitarist, vocalist, and composer; he was instrumental in the blossoming of the bossa nova movement in Brazil in the 1960's. Sergio, who sings in many different languages is complemented by award winning Denver based guitarist, bassist, and composer Eric Roberts. Their repertoire ranges from bossa nova classics to jazz standards, and truly keeps the bossa nova sound alive and fresh.

Jazz Classics with The Tom Gershwin Duo

Jazz Classics with The Tom Gershwin Duo
Saturday, April 18, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Always searching for new challenges in his music, trumpeter Tom Gershwin explores the broad range of classic jazz in this duo project. Working with guitarist Bill Kopper, brass and strings combine effortlessly for intimate ballads, joyful swing tunes and some snappy bebop.

Native American Flute with Bear Livmere

Native American Flute with Bear Livmere
Saturday, April 25, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Tradition and new age meet in this concert that blends Native American flute with the influences of Jazz, Blues and Estonian Folk music. Bear Livmere loves the tonal warmth of wooden flutes; he creates unique music full of heart and soul.

 

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