Start: 9:00 am
Every year on April 23rd, Barcelona erupts in a celebration of chivalry and romance. It all began in the Middle Ages with an annual Festival of Roses to honor St. George, Patron Saint of Catalonia. A brave Roman soldier, he allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful young princess. According to legend, a rosebush then sprouted from the blood of the slain dragon and the soldier plucked its most perfect blossoms to give to the princess as a remembrance. In 1923, the traditional Rose Festival merged with UNESCO’s World Book Day, established to celebrate the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23rd in 1616. Now, bookstalls and flower stands sprout up along the Rambla, a two-mile stretch connecting the city with the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of Barcelonans crowd the streets to enjoy a festive atmosphere of readings, music, literature, and dance. For many years, Tattered Cover has joined this historic springtime celebration of culture, beauty, love & literature on the 23rd of April, by including a complimentary rose & bookmark with the purchase of a book for a loved one, while flower supplies last —and, as always, we will wrap it up as a very special gift at no extra charge.
Start: 12:00 pm
Historic LoDo: Calling all “Janeites!” Join Eden Lane of In Focus with Eden Lane on Channel 12 in conversation with cast members from the world premiere production of Sense & Sensibility The Musical (April 5 - May 26 in The Stage Theatre). Cast members Robert Petkoff playing Col Brandon, Mary Michael Patterson playing Marianne, and Jeremiah James playing Willoughby will join the conversation. Learn what it is like to inhabit the world of Jane Austen, about the dazzling new score. We’ll hold a drawing for FREE TICKETS to the show! Denver Center Theatre Company’s website
Start: 5:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Join Active Minds for an exploration of how the West was opened and won. We’ll tell the story from a variety of perspectives—from the early explorers who ventured into the unknown to the fortune seekers who raced to the Gold Rush. We’ll also include the often brutal elements of what was known at the time as “Manifest Destiny” including conflicts with Native Americans as well as Spanish Mexico, all of which added significant territory to the United States. PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:30 pm
This event has been CANCELLED. Colfax Avenue: World-renowned expert on the psychology of hope Shane Lopez, Ph.D., will discuss and sign his new book Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others ($26.00 Simon & Schuster). Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, Lopez reveals that hope is not just an emotion but an essential life tool. Hope is also a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business. With Making Hope Happen readers can measure their level of hope and learn how to create and share it. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org