Blogs

Balls: A Holiday Spectacular is right around the corner!

Phoebe Reese -- all smiles for the waiting reporters.

 Bringing a cheerful basket of Balls to you for the Holidays!

 Hello My Little Rum Balls!

Hope you like my new publicity photos! Chris is still in Cleveland, and I'm breathlessly putting together an amazing show for you. Mare Trevathan, Melanie Owen Padilla and GerRee Hinshaw are pouring out their hearts and souls for this extravaganza and it's all to benefit Fresh City Life. Chris tells me via Cleveland that Fresh City Life puts on a variety of cultural events for the citizens of Denver, the great majority of which are free! That's a better deal than universal healthcare!

Families that put the "Fun" in Dysfunctional

One of the best (and worst) things about this time of year is how much time we get to spend with our families! If watching TV shows like Arrested Development and The Simpsons remind you of your family, here are some more great movies to help you appreciate your own unique situation.

3 Cookbooks

I've recently read three amazing books about cooking that have revolutionized the way I think about food and its preparation. Some are sweet, some are saucy but all are delectable!

The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

TRON: Legacy

In theaters December 17th!!

Garrett Hedlund is not a well known actor, but I personally loved him in FOUR BROTHERS! He is one of the main characters in TRON: Legacy, playing Sam Flynn, who is haunted by the disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man who was once known as the worlds leading video-game developer. While investigating the disappearance, Sam finds himself pulled into a world filled with gladiatorial programs. I'm kinda excited to see this one. I never saw the first one back in the 80's, but this looks good.

Leslie Nielsen 1926-2010

Funnyman Leslie Nielsen passed away on November 28 saddening the comedy world. In addition to starring in TV shows like Route 66 and Police Squad, Mr. Nielsen has appeared in over 200 films during his long and illustrious career.

Selected films with appearances by Leslie Nielsen owned by the Denver Public Library:

Felted Ornament

Homemade holidays are the best! Join us on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch Library to make a fun ornament to add joy and whimsy to your celebrations. Class size is limited, be sure to reserve your spot by calling 720-865-0260.

 

Fiction for Foodies

Sink your teeth into these great novels - some are meaty with mystery while others are sweet and frosted with humor and friendship. While digesting these great reads, we hope you have a rich and relaxing holiday. Looking for seconds? The library has heaping helpings of great books, movies and music to satisfy your educational and entertainment hunger.

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot is a jazz singer and an amazing, inspirational person that I am thankful for learning about at the library! Her story is not without tragedy. At the age of 19, she was hit by a car and as a result of extensive damage ended up with severe neurological complications that she continues to deal with to this day. Using music as a form of therapy, she has risen to be one of the most enticing jazz singers I have ever heard.

Gardot's first album, Worrisome Heart came out in 2008. In 2009, she released My One and Only Thrill. Ms Gardot continues to advocate for music therapy and inspire those that face overwhelming obstacles.

Skills of Yesteryear

Whether you are an expert or an amateur at Do-It-Yourself enterprises, there are many excellent books to help you create new projects or finish old ones. Making things by hand reflects skills of days gone by, reveals a more self-reliant lifestyle and gives additional significance to the finished product.

Miss Phoebe Reese Guest Blogs For Fresh City Life

Backstage at Curious Theatre, Phoebe poses with a young fan.

While Chris Loffelmacher attends the International Cultural Programming Symposium in Cleveland, his friend, Phoebe Reese (entertainer, party hostess and self-proclaimed celebrity), will be filling in and sending you up-to-the-minute blogs on what's happening at Fresh City Life:

 Hello My Little Pumpkins!

I'm commandeering Chris' blog for a couple weeks while he takes in all the cultural offerings in Cleveland. Chris and I go way back, we grew up together in North Dakota and then met again years later while my star was rising in San Francisco. He was a clerk in a gift shop -- and though we were an unlikely pair, we became fast friends. My star never stopped rising...and now I believe Chris is a clerk of some kind at the library...so we've both come a long way.

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