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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)


*Books & Authors*

Author Events

Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: Author Martin Olson with Special Guest Olivia OlsonAdventure Time Encyclopaedia: Author Martin Olson with Special Guest Olivia Olson
Friday, May 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Encouraged

On the eve of Denver Comic Con 2015, Denver Public Library is hosting comedy writer and actor Martin Olson. His dark and hilarious send up of the underworld, Encyclopaedia of Hell, is matched only by his brilliant The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia. The latter is written by his alter ego, Hunson Abadeer, aka The Lord of Evil, aka The Nameless One. And both books are careening toward cult status. The Encyclopaedia of Hell has been optioned for a film and The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia hit the number five spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Martin will be joined by his daughter Olivia Olson. Olivia is perhaps best known for her voice roles as Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb and her wildly popular character on the show Adventure Time – Marceline the Vampire Queen. She is also a film actress, appearing in the film Love Actually, and a writer, contributing a section to the best-selling The Adventure Time Encylopaedia. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.


*Special Events*

Oscar Wilde’s Lemonade Stand and Queer Button MakingOscar Wilde’s Lemonade Stand and Queer Button Making
Sunday, June 21, noon-4 p.m.
Central Library
Acoma Plaza, near the west entrance

Fresh City Life celebrates our GLBT community at this year’s Pridefest. When you need a break from all the pageantry in the park, come by to cool down and have some fun. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the Acoma Plaza. Sample some cooling beverages from our friends at Whole Foods Market and make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating an important figure or quotable quote from GLBT history.

Funereal: Meet Caitlin Doughty, Author of the bestseller, Smoke Gets in Your EyesFunereal: Meet Caitlin Doughty, Author of the bestseller, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Friday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Encouraged

Caitlin Doughty writes about the rituals and customs surrounding death. Her recently published book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, has charted on the New York Times bestseller list and has garnered enthusiastic notices from reviewers and readers. Doughty is currently working on her second book and on a mortuary project that is close to her heart. Mixing humor with storytelling and cultural asides, she is an engaging speaker who makes talking and thinking about death more accessible and even joyful. Caitlin Doughty puts the fun in funereal. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah HesseCarnality: 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 lead 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.



Classic Film Series: Documentaries

Saving Mr. BanksSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
Tuesday, May 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Directed by John Lee Hancock.
“When Walt Disney’s daughters were young, they loved a little book about a magical (and slightly sadistic) nanny named Mary Poppins. He promised them that he would someday make a movie out of the series, and 20 years later, he delivered. But it was no easy task, which is what the film Saving Mr. Banks is about.” – 125 minutes. Rated PG-13.

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' StoryThe Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Tuesday, May 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. Directed by Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman.
“The Boys documents the extraordinary lives of two radically diverse siblings: the multi-award-winning songwriting team — the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman). The documentary traces the origins of their remarkable careers — from their childhood and young adulthood, through a six-decade collaboration that included 50 motion pictures and a catalogue of more than a thousand songs for television, records, theme parks and stage.” – 101 minutes. Rated PG.

Good HairGood Hair (2009)
Tuesday, May 19, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Chris Rock. Directed by Jeff Stilson.
“The inspiration for Rock’s film was an encounter with his youngest daughter, who tearfully asked him, “Why don’t I have good hair?” That launched Rock on an odyssey that took him from Harlem to Atlanta to India, examining the various aspects of the black hair-care industry. In the process, he opens a window on both a world of commerce and offers an insight into black self-image.” – 96 minutes. Rated PG-13.


Cult Classics

Valley of the DollsValley of the Dolls (1967)
Tuesday, May 26, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Patty Duke, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Parkins. Directed by Mark Robson.
In the opening scene of Valley of the Dolls, Susan Hayward barks, “The only hit that comes out of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson. And that’s me, remember, baby?”  From that moment forward the audience is treated to a camp classic of the first water. “Show business corrupts nice girls — that’s Valley’s sad, funny truth. Stay away from Hollywood (or Broadway), girls, if you want to keep your virtue and your sanity.  Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins) leaves the snowbound protection of chaste New England for Sodom on the Hudson — New York City — where she is bound to find her doom.” –  123 minutes. Rated PG-13.


Classic Film Series

Slaves Of New YorkSlaves Of New York (1989)
Tuesday, June 2, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard and Chris Sarandon. Directed by James Ivory.
Based on author Tama Janowitz’s collection of short stories of the same name, Slaves of New York immortalizes a cultural moment in the New York art world. The film centers on a group of struggling artists and creatives who will go to great lengths to have their fifteen minutes of fame. Bernadette Peters turns in one of her most memorable film portrayals in a movie that reflects both the noble and ignoble potentials of a life in the arts. 124 minutes. Rated R.

Summer of Hitch

The Denver Public Library highlights the films of Alfred Hitchcock during our summer season of film beginning with Strangers On a Train.

Strangers On A TrainStrangers On A Train (1951)
Tuesday, June 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, and Ruth Roman. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
“The abiding terror in Alfred Hitchcock's life was that he would be accused of a crime he did not commit. This fear is at the heart of many of his best films, including Strangers on a Train, in which a man becomes the obvious suspect in the strangulation of his wife. He makes an excellent suspect because of the genius of the actual killer's original plan: Two strangers will 'exchange murders,' each killing the person the other wants dead. They would both have airtight alibis for the time of the crime, and there would be no possible connection between killer and victim.” 101 minutes. Unrated.


Summer of Hitchcock: Pop Up 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.

The BirdsThe Birds (1963)
Friday, July 10 at dusk
Central LibraryAcoma Plaza near the Denver Art Museum

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 Denver Art Museum

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.


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.


*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
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. Expert knitting and crochet teacher, Janny Potter, will be in residence to help you with any new techniques, pattern reading and even relaunching a project that you have let go unfinished for too long. Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon is a relaxed environment to meet fellow knitters and crocheters. Bring a project to work on, or start something new!

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.

*Please note, the Library will be closed on Monday, May 25.



Weekend Music Series

Pop/Rock Redux with Steve Glotzer

Pop/Rock Redux with Steve Glotzer
Saturday, May 23, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Guitarist for Soul Sacrifice, A Tribute To Santana, Steve Glotzer brings a renewed melodic style with a fresh approach to songs by The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, Randy Newman, and Joni Mitchell as well as original compositions.

Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow

Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, May 30, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla
Saturday, June 6, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Guitarist and composer Michael DeLalla serves up a delicious brew of solo guitar compositions and arrangements drawn from musical traditions gathered worldwide. Matt Fink of All Music Guide describes Michael DeLalla as "One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the of the most exquisite order." And he’s returning to Fresh City Life for another afternoon of evocative compositions, taut arrangements and inspired improvisations. Come join him on a Fingerstyle Guitar Journey that spans a world of traditions.

Portuguese Romance with Suzanne Morales

Portuguese Romance with Suzanne Morales
Saturday, June 13, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Dazzling concert audiences all over Denver, Suzanne Morales is a favorite performer at our Saturday Sessions. She has created special collections of her cherished Latin music – and each of her concerts at Denver Public Library have a unique sound and rhythm. Her newest set of songs will feature romantic Portuguese ballads and a tribute to the Bossa Nova era. Suzanne’s singing and guitar playing hold listeners in sway.

Post Jazz with David Thomas Bailey

Post Jazz with David Thomas Bailey
Saturday, June 20, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Drawing inspiration from his life in Southwest Denver and the vibrancy of Federal Boulevard, David Thomas Bailey creates music that conjures the great American West as heard through an improvisational jazz filter.

Afro Pop Fusion with Nokuthula

Afro Pop Fusion with Nokuthula
Saturday, June 27, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Nokuthula plays contemporary and traditional Afro-pop fusion dance music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and beyond. The band’s roots are in Zimbabwe- style marimba and mbira, but its music is also influenced by jazz, blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban, and other world music. Nokuthula’s sound is joyous, energetic, and upbeat; guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages.

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames
Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Fingerstyle guitarist Brian Birch and mandolinist Randal Ames have been wowing audiences in the Denver area for the past ten years.  Their acoustic compositions and other musical renderings cover a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical and folk, to new age and blues. Along with their original pieces they also play great instrumental music from some of the best pickers on the planet including: Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Steffan Grossman, Alex DeGrassi, Bill Mize, David Qualey and Ed Gerhard. You really need to hear their take on ‘Duelin’ Banjos’ and ‘Malaguena’ to appreciate the energy and virtuosity they put into their performances. Plus, their comedic banter between songs is reminiscent of ‘The Smothers Brothers’ folk act from the 1970’s. It’s always a rare treat for the ears to hear them perform together in concert.

Looping Bass with Matt Skellenger

Looping Bass with Matt Skellenger
Saturday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Wowing audiences in our 2014 season, Matt Skellenger is back for an encore performance of his exciting concert set. “In electroacoustic music, a loop is a repeating section of sound material. Short sections of material can be repeated to create ostinato (motif) patterns.” – Matt Skellenger utilizes looping techniques to create complex musical pieces that are haunting and memorable.

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert
Saturday, July 25, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

An expert instrumentalist, Peter Hebert plays the evocative hammered dulcimer and its cousin, the psaltery, with masterful ease – filling the air with the ancient sounds of Medieval Europe. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song) derives its name from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). Find out how perfectly named this haunting instrument can be when Peter Hebert makes his dulcimer sing a sweet song.


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