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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*

Frida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del BotónFrida Kahlo’s Aguas Frescas Stand and Bodega del Botón
Saturday, May 2, noon-4 p.m.
Central Library
Acoma Plaza, near the west entrance

In celebration of Mexican culture and Cinco de Mayo, Fresh City Life hosts a stand just outside our west entrance. Come by to sample some traditional aguas frescas  (which means fresh waters), light and refreshing beverages made from fruit juices, fresh fruit and other natural ingredients. We’ll also have all of our button makers on hand so that you can create a cool button or magnet commemorating the day. All free and open to the public.

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.

 

*Film*

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.” – mentalfloss.com. 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.” – rottentomatoes.com. 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.” – hollywoodandfine.com. 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.” – flickfilosopher.com.  123 minutes. Rated PG-13.

 

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

"[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 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.” rogerebert.com. 101 minutes. Unrated.

Upcoming Summer of Hitch Films:
Friday, July 10 – The Birds
Friday, July 17 – North by Northwest
Friday, August 7 – Vertigo

 

*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.

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.

Ask Janny: Knitting UniversityAsk Janny: Knitting University
Mondays, May 4, 11, and 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
No Registration Required

This May’s intermediate knitting workshop is a mélange. Talented knitting and crochet instructor, Janny Potter will be on hand to assist with any advanced-beginning and intermediate questions and technique lessons. Students working on our yearlong Log Cabin Afghan (see below) may drop in for knitting help and encouragement. Knitters and crocheters with other projects at hand are encouraged to bring them in for any assistance in restarting or finishing their UFOs (UnFinished Objects) Registration is not required for May intermediate workshop.

 

*Music*

Weekend Music Series

Le Montagnard with Mountain Music Duo: Songs from the Alps for Oboe and Guitar

Le Montagnard with Mountain Music Duo: Songs from the Alps for Oboe and Guitar
Saturday, May 9, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Join classical guitarist James Cline and oboist Tenly Williams for a performance evocative of the Alps! Enjoy music by French composer Napoleon Coste and Italian virtuoso guitarist Mauro Giuliani. Tenly and James have been presenting music for the unique combination of oboe and guitar for more than a decade, and are thrilled to present these 19th century masterpieces for our Denver Public Library audience.

Gadbaw and Krimmel: Celtic Harp and Vocal Harmony

Gadbaw and Krimmel: Celtic Harp and Vocal Harmony
Saturday, May 16, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Gadbaw and Krimmel are known for their rich harmonies, intricate rhythms and a beautiful balance between harp and percussion. Described by Colorado Public Radio as “stunning,” the duo perform original, traditional and art pieces that hint at ancient Irish roots – ranging from Gaelic tunes and sea shanties to Yeats poetry set to ethereal Celtic harp accompaniment.

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 world....music 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.

 

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Need more information about a Fresh City Life event? Call 720-865-1206.

 

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