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Paris Holiday Market 2015 @ Denver Public Library - Call to Vendors

Paris Holiday Market

Apply to be a Vendor at the 2015 Paris Holiday Market!

The 5th Annual Paris Holiday Market will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 6-8, 2015 at the Central Library and is an opportunity for talented crafters, designers and artists to show and sell their wares to customers interested in supporting local creatives. Paris Holiday Market provides a warm and inviting environment for you to sell your goods to early holiday shoppers and to your own clientele as well. All vendor fees benefit Fresh City Life – adult cultural programming at DPL. Learn more and apply! (PDF)


*Special Events*

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah Hesse

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah Hesse
Friday, July 31, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Josiah M. Hesse is an Iowa-born journalist and refugee of the 1990s Christian youth revival movement. His work has appeared in VICE, Splitsider, The Denver Post, The Cannabist, LaughSpin, Out Front Colorado, The Spit Take, Substance, Westword, Noisey, Colorado Public Radio, Birdy, The Fix, and Suspect Press. He currently lives and writes in Denver. Book description of Carnality: ‘Over the last four years Jacob Sloan has lived naked and alone within an abandoned island hotel, smoking cannabis, eating squirrels and swimming in a lake that contains a dark secret. As memory slowly begins to flower in his brain, Jacob recalls the traumatic events that led him to the island, describing a childhood spent in fear of barcodes, the Antichrist, and being abandoned in the ever-nearing Rapture. In addition to his tales of madness and murder on an Iowa farm, Jacob also recounts the true story of how California’s acid-fueled hippies of the 1960s became the religious-right of the 1980s.’ Come and meet one of Denver’s newest and exciting voices in fiction writing as he reads selections from his debut novel.

ACT: Adult Coloring TherapyACT: Adult Coloring Therapy
Saturday, August 1,
9 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Sunday, August 2,
1-5 p.m.
Central Library
Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Work out your feelings at an inspiring color-in hosted by Fresh City Life. Coloring inside or outside the lines is encouraged. There will be a community table with a mural-sized coloring page that everyone can work on together. And, in case you need some alone time, there will be another station where you can work on your own coloring page to take home. You choose, but whatever you choose, it is a fun and artful way to get centered and reduce stress. And after we work on it for two days, we’ll display the mural to share it with our library customers! Come, join in, and bring kids of all ages.

Human Walking Program with Denver Animal ShelterHuman Walking Program with Denver Animal Shelter
Tuesday, August 4,
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Central Library
North Lawn at 14th Avenue and Broadway

Can you imagine what it is like to be chained to a desk with nothing but a mouse for entertainment? What must it be like to be kept in a tiny box and ignored for eight hours a day?  For many downtown office workers this is their day-to-day life. The Denver Public Library and Denver Animal Shelter are teaming up to help these needy office workers break the shackles of sedentary, corporate life. Come and see big-hearted, friendly adoption dogs rescue loving people and take them for a walk.  They’ll even take you out for a spin – that’s how much these dogs care about you!

Glitterville's Stephen Brown

Glitterville’s Stephen Brown: Camp Gitchacrafton
You may know Stephen Brown from his telegenic appearances on Craft Wars; or you may know him from his crafting books, Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween and Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas. But once you know this charismatic crafter, you are a fan for life. Stephen Brown is a tireless artisan who creates ingenious craft experiences for anyone who enjoys rolling up their sleeves for glue, scissors, glitter and creativity. He’s hosting two special workshops for our 2015 Camp Gitchacrafton – pick your favorite and enjoy the fun. These events are free and open to the public.

Camp Halloween/FallCamp Halloween/Fall
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

Hang out with Stephen for this morning session. You’ll take away an adorable fall craft project and Stephen will show off other creative possibilities for the fall holidays. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Camp Christmas/WinterCamp Christmas/Winter
Saturday, September 19, 2-5 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

Make a charming and wintry craft with Stephen Brown. You’ll take away a pretty thing that you made and learn about other fun craft experiences to indulge in for the holidays. Remember, crafting has no calories! Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.



Classic Film Series: Summer of Hitch

This summer, the Denver Public Library is taking Hitchcock outside – and we are throwing his best films up on the side of our building. Join us for Pop Up Film on the Side with Alfred Hitchcock classics. Seating will be provided, but you can bring pillows, blankets and yoga mats if you’d like to sit on the plaza or nearby lawn. Showtimes for all these films will be dusk.

"[Alfred] Hitchcock was content, with very few exceptions, to make films about crime and guilt. There are no philosophical statements in his work, except ironic ones. Nothing is ever taken quite seriously. He used big stars, flamboyant locations, audacious camera strategies. By making a cameo appearance near the beginning of almost all of his films, he became personally famous at a time when most people never ever thought about a film's director. When most serious directors scorned television, he became even more famous with a weekly half hour program, 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.' How well-known did he become? Using only a few curved lines, he was able to draw a caricature of himself that is instantly recognizable.”  — Roger Ebert.

Pop Up Film on the Side:

The BirdsThe Birds (1963)
Friday, July 10 at dusk
Central LibraryAcoma Plaza (near the west entrance)

Starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, and Suzanne Pleshette.
See the film that has made us all think twice about the not-so-benign motives of any nearby black bird. “The crows alight, one by one, in the schoolyard above Bodega Bay. They are summoned by the nursery rhyme sung by the children, or drawn by the green glow of Tippi Hedren's matching skirt and jacket, or maybe lured by the pungent scent of her lit cigarette. By the time she turns her head, the climbing frame is thick with them. ‘She combs her hair but once a year,’ sing the oblivious children inside their classroom. ‘Nickety-nackety now, now, now!’” – 119 minutes. Rated PG-13.

North by NorthwestNorth by Northwest (1959)
Friday, July 17 at dusk
Central Library, Acoma Plaza (near the west entrance)

Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.
“From the brisk strains of Bernard Herrmann's opening-title fandango to its concluding gag of a honeymoon train speeding into a tunnel, North by Northwest is the apotheosis of Alfred Hitchcock's exploration of the wrong-man-pursued comic thriller and functioned in 1959 as a summary of the Master's career to date. Cary Grant, wearing his gray suit like natural skin, embodies smug New York ad executive Roger O. Thornhill, an aging, gin-swilling playboy whose swiftly established m.o. in romance and work is ‘expedient exaggeration.’” – 136 minutes. Rated Approved.

VertigoVertigo (1958)
Friday, August 7 at dusk
Central Library, Acoma Plaza (near the west entrance)

Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes.
Our Summer of Hitch climaxes with one of the most stylish and controversial Hitchcock masterpieces. “Vertigo, which is one of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made, is the most confessional, dealing directly with the themes that controlled his art. It is *about* how Hitchcock used, feared and tried to control women. He is represented by Scottie (James Stewart), a man with physical and mental weaknesses (back problems, fear of heights), who falls obsessively in love with the image of a woman--and not any woman, but the quintessential Hitchcock woman. When he cannot have her, he finds another woman and tries to mold her, dress her, train her, change her makeup and her hair, until she looks like the woman he desires. He cares nothing about the clay he is shaping; he will gladly sacrifice her on the altar of his dreams.” –  128 minutes. Rated approved.


Classic Film Series: Truman and Harper Lee: A Southern Journey
To highlight the July debut of Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, Fresh City Life will be looking at a trio of films that illuminate the lives and friendship of two southern writers, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Through these films and our after-film discussion, we’ll get to know Truman and Harper and explore their sometimes difficult relationship and their work as two of the most significant American writers of the 20th Century.

To Kill A MockingbirdTo Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Tuesday, July 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Gregory Peck, John Menga, and Frank Overton. Directed by Robert Mulligan.
“To Kill a Mockingbird is a time capsule, preserving hopes and sentiments from a kinder, gentler, more naive America. It was released in December 1962, the last month of the last year of the complacency of the postwar years. The following November, John F. Kennedy would be assassinated. Nothing would ever be the same again 
 not after the deaths of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, not after the war in Vietnam, certainly not after September 11, 2001. The most hopeful development during that period for America was the civil rights movement, which dealt a series of legal and moral blows to racism. But To Kill a Mockingbird, set in Maycomb, Alabama, in 1932, uses the realities of its time only as a backdrop for the portrait of a brave white liberal.” – 129 Minutes. Not Rated.

CapoteCapote (2005)
Tuesday, July 21, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Clifton Collins Jr. Directed by Bennett Miller.
“Bennett Miller's Capote is about that crucial period of less than six years in Capote's life. As he talks to the killers, to law officers and to the neighbors of the murdered Clutter family, Capote's project takes on depth and shape as the story of conflicting fates. But at the heart of his reporting is an irredeemable conflict: He wins the trust of the two convicted killers and essentially falls in love with Perry Smith, while needing them to die to supply an ending for his book. 'If they win this appeal,' he tells his friend Harper Lee, ‘I may have a complete nervous breakdown.’ After they are hanged on April 14, 1965, he tells Harper, ‘There wasn't anything I could have done to save them.’ She says: ‘Maybe, but the fact is you didn't want to.’ – 114 minutes. Rated R.

In Cold BloodIn Cold Blood (1967)
Tuesday, July 28, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, and John Forsythe. Directed by Richard Brooks.
“[In Cold Blood] is a faithful and absorbing demonstration of how the police, with very few clues and no initial inkling of a motive, patiently investigated the crime while the killers were boldly making an escape into Mexico; how the case was eventually broken, the killers fortuitously caught, then tried, convicted, and executed in a Kansas prison in 1965. Since most of this is now common knowledge, thanks to the circulation of Mr. Capote's book, and since the culpability of the murderers is specified early in the film, the excitement generated in the viewer is not over who committed the murders, but why. Why did two who had originally intended robbery, and who had not committed murder before, suddenly come to the point of slaughtering four innocent persons in cold blood? And what does this single explosion of violence indicate as to society's pitiable vulnerability to the kooks that are loose in the land?” – Bosley Crowthers. 134 minutes. Rated R.


Classic Film Series: Hollywood Eats Itself
“There are two reasons why Hollywood doesn’t make films about itself. First, the few studio executives with power to greenlight a project assume what goes on behind the scenes is too inside for the average viewer to understand. Second, they assume audiences will not believe what they are seeing—especially if a filmmaker had the courage to do an honest exposé on the inner workings of Hollywood. Then again, audiences would probably be left wondering how, amidst all the lying, oversized egos, and backstabbing, any film ever sees the light of day.” –

The Big PictureThe Big Picture (1989)
Tuesday, September 22, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Emily Longstreth. Directed by Christopher Guest.

“The Big Picture, directed and co-written by Spinal Tap‘s Christopher Guest, looks at the industry from the perspective of a young, up-and-coming director having his first brush with success. Christopher Guest and co-writers Michael Varhol and fellow Spinal Tap-er Michael McKean have penned a hilarious satire on the development process (the time between a writer pitching a story to a studio and the completion of the final shooting script) that successfully captures how mindless studio executives manage to water down even the simplest of ideas.” - 100 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Gods and MonstersGods and Monsters (1998)
Tuesday, September 29, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave. Directed by Bill Condon.

“Gods and Monsters is a speculation about the last days of the director James Whale, who was open about his sexuality in an era when most homosexuals in Hollywood stayed prudently in the closet. Whale (1889-1957) directed some 21 films, but is best remembered for seven made between 1931 and 1939: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Show Boat, The Great Garrick, and The Man in the Iron Mask. At the time of his death he had not made a movie in 16 years, but still lived comfortably, dabbling at a little painting and a little lusting.” - 105 minutes. Rated R.


*Social Events*


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.

Madame Defarge’s Knitting SalonMadame Defarge’s Knitting Salon
Freestyle Knitting, 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. 

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!

Log Cabin Afghan Knit Along WorkshopLog Cabin Afghan Knit Along Workshop
Every Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
No Registration Required

This yearlong Madame Defarge Knit Along can be started anytime – just drop in on Monday night to pick up the pattern and get some coaching from our resident expert, Janny Potter. Janny teaches the basics of an afghan pattern that resembles traditional quilted squares. As you finish squares, she will help you put them together with professional finishing techniques.

Unwind on Friday: Every Friday in the Fresh City LoungeUnwind on Friday: Every Friday in the Fresh City Lounge
Fridays, September-December, Noon-2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
No Registration Required

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.

Photo by Altadena Green

Fox Paws Knitting WorkshopFox Paws Knitting Workshop
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Fox Paws is a dreamy technique that creates an intricate striped motif of interlocking ‘fox feet.’ Finished pieces make a beautiful wrap or shawl, but also can be displayed as an artful table runner. The genius of this pattern is that it utilizes increases and decreases that make it appear as though more than one color of yarn is in play per row. And there are no unsightly loops on the wrong side of the work! Get your hands on fox paws with this exciting summer workshop. Materials list will be provided with registrant confirmation. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Mughuggers Fingerless GlovesMughuggers Fingerless Gloves
Mondays, September 14, 21, 28, & October 5,
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

How can you look even cooler while you are hanging out in Starbuck’s and writing your screenplay? Wear fingerless gloves that give you an air of brilliant pauper mixed with Johnny Depp/Sweeney Todd’ishness. Be envied. Be talked about. Have chic hand warmer gloves for the winter. Use them to hug your mugs. Janny Potter teaches a great intermediate knitters workshop with a versatile pattern that is great for men or women. Materials list will be provided with registration confirmation. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Camp Out Mitts pattern and photo by Tante Ehm.



Weekend Music Series

Alternate Tunings: Tom Carleno on Guitar

Alternate Tunings: Tom Carleno on Guitar
Saturday, August 1, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

"Blending rock, jazz, folk and pop, Denver based guitarist Tom Carleno creates distinctive compositions using a wide variety of alternate tunings. Using these tunings as a canvas for his songs, he creates musical images for solo guitar that are rejuvenating, inspiring, and introspective. His CD, Perfect Imperfection has received rave reviews, international airplay and won ‘Best Instrumental Acoustic Album' at the 2013 Zone Music Reporter Awards. Tom’s music has been heard on TV shows on TLC, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.”

Castle Rock Little Belles

Castle Rock Little Belles
Saturday, August 8, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

There really is nothing like a bell choir – unless it is a small group bell choir. We have hosted the Castle Rock Community Ringers for four wonderful concerts. Now they are bringing their unique Little Belles to our music series. All the chiming, just in a smaller space! Enjoy their eclectic mix of handbell tunes that make a joyful noise in our great hall.

Steve Mullins

Steve Mullins
Saturday, August 15, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Mullins performs Spanish flamenco, along with original compositions fusing flamenco with jazz, Latin-American, and Balkan influences.  Dr. Mullins is an ethnomusicologist and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His compositions have been heard in settings as diverse as television commercials, documentaries, National Public Radio, silent movies, multi-media flamenco shows, and dancing horse performances at the National Western Stock Show.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Highlighting a repertoire of time-honored jazz standards, Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn blend a sense of improvisation and their own sensibilities about modern and classic jazz. Their duo versions of jazz standards on trumpet and piano are superlative; this concert will also include original compositions.

Michael Fitzmaurice

Michael Fitzmaurice
Saturday, August 29, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Mike Fitzmaurice is best known for his work with the Irish Folk Group Colcannon, but is also Associate Principal Bassist with the Greeley Philharmonic. Mike is also a Jazz musician, and performs educational outreach programs with Inside the Orchestra.  For this concert Mike, with his trusty sidekick, Juanda the bass, will perform a variety jazz, folk, and classical tunes, and may even sing you a song or two. Mike is a favorite performer at Fresh City Life’s Saturday Sessions.

Taiko Drums Concert

Taiko Drums Concert
Saturday, September 5, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Acoma Plaza

In celebration of Denver’s Taste of Colorado event in Civic Center Park, we’re adding to the joyful noise with an amazing Taiko Drums concert. Join us on the Acoma Plaza for a concert highlighting these traditional Japanese instruments and a Japanese musical form that has become a worldwide phenomenon. This is percussive rhythm at its very best and Taiko Drums are really enjoyable in a large or outdoor venue – it’s a big sound!

Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa

Fingerstyle Guitar with Jon Sousa
Saturday, September 12, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Jon Sousa’s library concert includes pieces performed on tenor banjo and his signature fingerstyle guitar. His repertoire highlights Traditional Irish music, but includes jazz standards and classical pieces as well. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world from the beautiful countryside of France, studying with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan to Senegal, West Africa, studying Sabar drumming and a lengthy sabbatical in Ireland in 2008 where he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music. Jon recently released a new CD of instrumental guitar music entitled "Twilight", featuring all original compositions.

Nick Busheff - Back from Berlin

Nick Busheff - Back from Berlin
Saturday, September 19, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Pianist Nick Busheff returns to the library, this time performing highlights of his recent performances in Germany.  The program includes classical, jazz and pop favorites along with original compositions like Grimm's Fairy Tales for Piano and The Monster Opera Suite.

Tapestry Revisited: Janis Kelly and Lisa Bell

Tapestry Revisited: Janis Kelly and Lisa Bell
Saturday, September 26, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Music & Media Room

For those of us who grew up listening to what is arguably one of the most important albums ever produced in American popular music, Carole King’s Tapestry perfectly marks a time in our lives. This music is now being rediscovered by new generations; you can’t keep a good album down. Singers and songwriters Janis Kelly and Lisa Bell pay tribute to Carole King’s masterful breakout album in Tapestry Revisited. The show not only features wonderful arrangements of every song from the album, including You've Got A Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman, I Feel The Earth Move, and Beautiful, but also the stories behind the songs, told from Carole's perspective! This special concert will be hosted in our soaring Music & Media Room on Level 1.


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