The Americas Latino Eco-Festival (ALEF), in partnership with Denver Public Library, is honored to host Bianca Jagger for an incredible afternoon in Denver. She is a cultural icon, has lived the life of model, actress and globetrotter — and now Nicaraguan-born Bianca Jagger is a tireless advocate for environmental justice. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador, and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.
Bianca Jagger will give the keynote speech on the perils of climate change and the need to restore both destroyed and degraded forests. Following Ms. Jagger's speech, Irene Vilar, Founder of Americas for Conservation + the Arts, will award Bianca Jagger the 2015 Nuestra Madre Award. The Nuestra Madre Award recognizes extraordinary work in environmental stewardship and land preservation. For more details, visit: americaslatinoecofestival.org. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Fasten your seatbelts, Denver; it's going to be a bumpy night! Actress Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann — Joan Crawford's long suffering handmaiden in the cult film Mommie Dearest — has published her memoir about the experience. Because the making of the film was so tumultuous, Rutanya Alda kept a journal as a positive way to talk herself through being on the set of one of the strangest film productions in her career. Now, almost thirty-five years later, that journal has become the foundation of Rutanya's fascinating account of making a destined-to-be cult film. And it turned out that, because of Faye Dunaway's over-the-top behavior and acting, she is a strong, if not altogether flattering, presence in Ms. Alda's memoir. Rutanya Alda reads excerpts from The Mommie Dearest Diary, meets the fans and signs copies of her book at this special debut engagement at Denver Public Library. Seating is limited. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Nom de Plumage: or Strategies To Get Your Book Written During National Novel Writing Month
Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Sometimes it's about getting words down on paper -- and sometimes it's about creating beautiful passages reminiscent of peacock plumage. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), we're hosting a guerrilla workshop that will inspire you to write with abandon. This event is for writers at all levels! Get great tips and tricks for not only surviving NaNoWriMo, but excelling at your novel writing. If you dream it, begin it!
We'll have special guest Yalonda Benford-Balkcom, who completed her first novel during National Novel Writing Month, on hand to answer questions and inspire your novel writing journey, too.
NaNoWriMo: Drop-In: Write-In
Fan your inspiration and fortitude by attending one of our NaNoWriMo Write-Ins. All interested novelists are encouraged to come and hang out, get some writing done and draw strength for your fellow authors! Drop in anytime that works for you.
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Saturday, November 21, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Start Your Engines Writing Class with Jana Clark
Saturdays, September 26, and October 10 & 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
This class is open to any, specifically those who used to write but have stopped, those who have always wanted to write but weren't sure where to begin, and anyone in between. Join our teacher and Fresh City Life for three sessions starting September 26, please bring your own writing materials (pens or pencils, notebooks or paper).
Paris Holiday Market
This fifth annual Franco-inspired market gets bigger and better every year! Experience the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the holidays in Paris. Saturday and Sunday admission is free to this arts and crafts market sponsored by The Denver Public Library. Or for a big night out, join us for our first Paris Holiday Market Preview Night. Ticket sales will benefit Fresh City Life adult cultural programming and you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite booths! Top three booths will win cash prizes of $200, $300 and $500! A wonderful chance to support local creatives and the Denver Public Library! Preview party includes live music interludes, sips and nibbles provided by Whole Foods Market and even some vendor specials for preview party guests!
Paris Holiday Market Preview Party
Friday, November 6, 6-9 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Vote for your favorite vendor booths. Eat, drink, listen to live, French music and shop local artisans. Tickets $10. Purchase in advance by check, cash or credit card. Call 720-865-1206 or email Trish at email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, cash only.
Paris Holiday Market
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
The sights and sounds of a traditional Paris Christmas Market all weekend long. Holiday and gift shopping provided by talented local artisans and crafters. Support your community and have fun, too.
Beautiful Monster: Classic Horror Films
“All my life, and the hereafter, I’ve never seen – seen one like you. You’re a knife, sharp and deadly. And it’s me that you cut into. But I don’t mind; in fact I like it though I’m terrified. I’m turned on but scared of you.” R&B singer Ne-Yo, lyrics from Beautiful Monster.
The Denver Public Library pays tribute to all the beautiful monsters and their creators. These four films represent unique moments in the development of the early horror genre. Loaded with symbolism, style and gothic atmosphere – each of them contributed to the monster movie lexicon that Hollywood has drawn from ever since.
The Invisible Man (1933)
Tuesday, October 6, 7-9:30 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, and William Harrigan. Directed by James Whale.
“Hats (and bandages) must be taken off to any film that boasts a lead role that you can’t see. Claude Rains‘ fully-clad portrayal of The Invisible Man (1933) is unparalleled when it comes to invisible men. James Whale‘s version of the H.G. Wells classic remains the most iconic, blending science fiction, the supernatural, and groundbreaking special effects with sly black comedy and suspense. It should not be forgotten, however, that Claude’s transparent role is pure evil, a man consumed by the desire to have the world groveling at his feet – a contemptuous being that wreaks havoc and thrives on mass destruction and anarchy. The only glimmer of humanity emerges in his love for Flora (Gloria Stuart), but this isn’t enough to prevent his inevitable self-destruction. He’s mad, he’s bad and he’s invisible! A true classic not to be missed.” - horrornews.net. 71 minutes. Unrated.
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Warren William, and Claude Rains. Directed by George Waggner.
“Amid Universal’s pantheon of movie monsters, the most human of them is the Wolf Man. Being someone who unwillingly falls victim to what he believes is a curse, he remains the only monster to regret his murderous nocturnal activities. Indeed, the sequels are almost exclusively dedicated to the Wolf Man seeking a way to end his cursed existence. Consider the remorselessness of his movie monster counterparts: Count Dracula served as an embodiment of pure evil in Bram Stoker’s hands, shameless about his bloodlust; Frankenstein’s monster is too reliant on bursts of raw emotion to feel regret over his victims; The Invisible Man was a scientist driven mad who murdered to demonstrate his power; The Mummy killed to service his own romantic desires; the Black Lagoon’s creature was little more than an animal. None but the Wolf Man reflected humanity so adeptly, capturing the duality behind the human monster.” - deepfocusrevirew.com. 70 minutes. Rated Approved.
Starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, and Richard Denning. Directed by Jack Arnold.
“What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment. Creature from the Black Lagoon opens with a brief take on the birth of the universe, milky gaseous clouds exploding into one another with a booming "In the beginning..." voiceover so amiably straight-laced it actually seems the opposite of pretentious. Anyone who's seen Arnold's masterpiece, The Incredible Shrinking Man, will immediately recognize this tendency toward cosmic philosophizing, less a feature of misanthropy than an atomic-era ginning-up of the audience in advance of something almost secret—something they've never seen before.” - slantmagazine.com. 79 minutes. Rated Approved.
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Tuesday, October 27, 7-9:30 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Starring Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, and Marguerite Churchill. Directed by Lambert Hillyer.
“Lambert Hillyer's Dracula's Daughter - the sequel to Tod Browning's 1931 classic Dracula - has long been considered an inferior follow-up and a forgettable film by many horror fans and critics, despite the fact that it is one of the best Universal sequels and horror tales of the period. Following an iconic and legendary film such as Dracula is never an easy task, for any director in any time, but Hillyer and crew manage to pull it off with some strong acting, fast paced and more linear camera-work, and an interesting plot centered around a main character that we both loathe and empathize with. The result is an atmospheric and entertaining film that works well as both a sequel and as its own stand alone feature, one that is certainly worth a look by any fan of Universal's monster classics of the 1930s and 1940s.” - classic-horror.com. 71 minutes. Rated Approved.
Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker. Directed by Kenny Ortega.
After DPL’s 2nd Annual Trick or Treat Street, come to our outdoor showing of the cult film and holiday classic Hocus Pocus. “Since 1993, the Disney film Hocus Pocus has been a perennial Halloween favorite, scaring up a new batch of children every year. Starring Midler, Najimy and Parker as a trio of evil witches known as the Sanderson Sisters, the film is a kitschy gem. Through countless showings on TV, and soaring DVD sales (which peak every October), it has become the cult favorite scary movie for a generation of kids. But how did a film, which flopped at the box office and got middling reviews became so beloved and financially successful? Like many cult films, it took a winding path that relied on staunch fans and invaluable TV reruns. The witchy little flick had all the right elements: big-name stars, a campy concept and a PG script that flirted with PG-13 jokes.” – Yohana Desta, mashable.com. 96 minutes. Rated PG.
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 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 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 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: Fridays 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
Mughuggers Fingerless Gloves
Mondays, September 14, 21, 28, & October 5,
5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge Registration Closed
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 closed.
Relax and enjoy the zombie apocalypse while you crochet one of these adorable zombie dolls. Expert crocheter Janny Potter will help you bring your doll to life – and if zombies aren’t your thing, these translate easily into witches, mummies, voodoo dolls or whatever your dark heart desires. Have some fall fun and learn how to crochet plush toys in this great workshop. $30 materials fee; all yarns and instructions provided. Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Go into the woods with these charming, knitted pine trees – perfect for a fall or winter tablescape or lovely on a mantle for the holidays. We’ll provide the real wood trunks for you and all the instruction you will need to knit yourself an adorable miniature forest. Materials list will be provided with registration confirmation. And for our last night of Madame Defarge for the year, we’ll be showing the film Into the Woods on our ‘big screen’ in the lounge – Monday, 11/30.Registration is required. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
Special Music Events
Fresh City Life has gathered some of the most exciting musicians and singers together for our final special concerts this year. Each of these events is scheduled at a special time and will mark the finish of our 2015 season of public events. Enjoy these spectacular and free concerts – our gift to you.
The churches of Paris become great concert halls during this time of year, showcasing amazing performances by talented local and international musicians. Denver Public Library is bringing that idea home to our great hall with a concert of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons performed by the gifted musicians of Altius Quartet. See our great hall converted to a perfect musical venue – with staging and lighting befitting a wonderful classical concert. Free, but registration is encouraged. To reserve your seat, register online or call 720-865-1205.
Image by Jonathan Hess
About Altius Quartet:
Formed in 2011, Altius Quartet has quickly become one of the most exciting young ensembles in the United States. Altius actively concertizes in Colorado, where it is the resident quartet of the Western Slope Concert Series, and has also toured throughout the United States. Altius Quartet is also committed to outreach, and often performs concerts and teaches master classes in public schools and music programs. In July 2013, the quartet began its residency with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony where they teach and perform in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition, the Quartet has coached chamber music and performed at Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO.
Altius Quartet has performed for the most respected string quartets and pedagogues in classical music including Miro Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, and James Dunham. The quartet served as the first Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in 2013 where they were coached by Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. During their residency at SMU, they represented the university with recruitment and outreach programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Hark! How the Bells: Holiday Bell Choir Concert
Friday, November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly pitched handbells.
Planina: Songs of Eastern Europe
Saturday, December 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
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. They have been sharing their delight in this music with Colorado audiences since 1988.
Weekend Music Series
Saturday, October 10 - No concert due to early closure.
Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe
Saturday, October 17, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
An exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves, Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music. The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean.
Solo Harp: Rebecca Moritsky
Saturday, October 24, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Solo harp works ranging from classical to more jazz style pieces.
Tales of Tunes of the West with Liz Masterson
Saturday, October 31, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Liz Masterson, from Denver, is a Colorado native and an award-winning singer. In a career that spans 30 years, and covers 40 states and Canada, Liz has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the (Autry) Museum of the American West. In 2007, she yodeled on Myth Busters. Her most recent CD, Roads to Colorado, received the Will Roger’s Award for Best Western Album of 2009.
Tin Brother with Roger Harmon
Saturday, November 7, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Tin Brother is an instrumental guitar and bass duo with a full sound rooted in alternative, indie, and classic pop. Although primarily acoustic, the finger-style guitar and standup bass are augmented by the tasteful use of effects pedals and live loopers allowing them to add percussion, ambience, and multiple instrumental tracks live during the performance. Every sound the audience hears is made live with the guitar and bass. No prerecorded material is used. The result is studio quality tone of a full band in a compact package. Audiences can expect to hear instrumental performances of both familiar and original songs giving an overall impression of a stylish movie soundtrack.
Saturday, November 14, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Award winning clarinetist Roger Campbell leads the hottest trio since the Big Band Era! Swinging hard since 1997, this extraordinary group of musicians has performed thousands of concerts around the world for jazz festivals, clubs, weddings, summer concerts, and more. They conquer dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton. It's tight, fun, exciting, danceable, and hugely popular among the jazz and swing crowds. It's time for After Midnight!
Haunting: Victoria Lundy on Theremin
Saturday, November 21, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Movies & Music Room
Fresh City Life is pleased to host the library's first theremin concert. This rare instrument was invented by Leon Theremin nearly 100 years ago and is one of the oldest electronic musical instruments. The fascinating interaction between the player and the instrument is a marvel; the musician's every motion controls and affects the pitch and volume. Victoria Lundy takes her audience on a journey under the earth, detouring into more traditional music, then into the air and out into space, exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin.
Renaissance Lute and Guitar with Peter Schimpf
Saturday, November 28, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Playing a variety of pieces from the 16th and early 17th centuries on a variety of historical instruments, including the four-course Renaissance guitar, seven-course Renaissance lute, and the 14-string theorbo, no one conjures the sound of Shakespeare’s world like talented musician, Peter Schimpf. His repertoire includes intricate and lively pieces from England, France, and Italy between the years 1500 and 1640.
Magical Musical Tour with Sandra Wong and Steve Mullins
Saturday, December 12, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
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!
Baroque Gems with Lorian Bartle
Saturday, December 19, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
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.
Paris Holiday: Jeff Hooton and Rex Spease
Saturday, December 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
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!
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