On June 27th, 1997 the first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. That means this summer marks the 20th anniversary of the birth of what is arguably the most popular literary franchise of all time. Originally titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” The book was published the following year in the United States as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Six more books followed in the series, spawning eight movies and enough spin off materials to keep fans happily reading, watching, or listening for quite some time.
Comic cons are big business these days. These once fringe subculture events, have entered the mainstream and have become the premiere venues to celebrate pop culture. The growing popularity of comic cons can be partly attributed to the recent elevation of all things geeky in pop culture. But also by expanding comic cons to include not only comics, but also science fiction, fantasy, games, television, movies, animation, and all sorts of fandoms, comic cons have become celebrations of all things pop culture.
Did you know this? I only found this out a year ago. I think it’s a great idea to celebrate the Dark Knight. Why? Because he tends to be children’s and adults’ favorite superhero. Heck, some people end up loving Batman’s archrivals more than other superheros, like the Joker, Harley Quinn, and the Riddler to name a few. When Batman vs. Superman came out in movie theaters, I knew more people who wanted Batman to win over Superman. And did he?
Mac DeMarco’s third effort delivers a music of the same fervor we witnessed on Rock and Roll Night Club and 2. Recorded in his apartment by himself, DeMarco’s signature sound increasingly becomes his own with the addition of synths and a dash of 80’s nostalgia. His song craft reveals a psychedelic pop prowess that stands on a solid foundation of songwriting that improves with every record. Highlights such as “Blue Boy," “Let Her Go,” “Passing Out the Pieces,” and “Chamber of Reflection” stand out as heavy hitters in DeMarco’s arsenal of jangly pop songs.
Do the last rays of summer heat and looming back-to-school got you bummin'? Stop melting on the sidewalk and get yo'self in the library. We've got FREE events, FREE books, FREE computers, FREE music, FREE movies, FREE food (sometimes) and best of all? FREE A/C!
Here's just a taste of what's coming up:
The summer of making has kicked off to a great start and the heat is on! Check out the Summer of Making for a chance to win a laptop, Amazon gift cards, a Sparkfun electronics kit, and most importantly, a pizza party. You have the chance to explore your creative genius by making something, anything really, and submitting it to the teen website for a shot at a prize. Pass by the ideaLAB and you’ll see the Summer of Making Meter.
Want to win a sweet prize this summer? It’s easy.
1. Make something. Anything.
3. Repeat. Every project increases your chances to win.
All projects must be submitted between June 1 and August 13 to qualify. Questions? Ask ideaLAB Staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Mental Health Awareness Day is Wednesday, May 11
Wear lime green to show your support on May 11!
FACT: 1 in 4 Colorado teens are struggling with mental health issues.
FACT: Suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for teens ages 15-24.
FACT: 50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14.
FACT: 1 in 10 Denver high school students have considered suicide in the last year.
Hear Ye Hear Ye
Calling all game making teens! You have JUST TWO WEEKS left to enter the RPG Maker Contest to win a RPG Maker MV license or Amazon Gift Card. Submit at least 30 minutes of your RPG to bit.ly/idealabRPG. Entries are due by March 18! Winners will be announced at the RPG Showdown on March 25, 3-6 p.m. in ideaLAB, Level 4, Central Library.