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Guess What's Coming To Dinner

two-headed squirrel

Well, Thanksgiving dinner, anyway.

Look, when you are on a road trip and you see a sign that says, “Two-headed Squirrel -- Turn Rght at the Next Exit” – you turn right at the next exit! If someone is making turducken and you're invited -- go!

For the Love of Beer: Women Pioneers in Brewing

Whole Foods Market and Fresh City Life present a free screening of The Love of Beer, the 2011 documentary spotlighting women in the beer biz.

From The Love of Beer: "When someone thinks of a brewer, they probably don't picture a petite woman with red pigtails. But with Tonya Cornett's amazing beers and growing collection of medals, things may change. From farm to consumption, women are fighting their way to become some of the most influential people in the craft beer world. Based in the Pacific NW, this documentary follows these inspirational women as they struggle to end stereotypes, handle their rising fame, and raise families in a 21 and over lifestyle.

Sending out a search party -- for signs of intelligent life

Lily Tomlin as Jane Wagner's protagonist, Trudy

Sometimes, life finds you. Sometimes, you have to go out and look for it. Join Fresh City Life for a field trip to search for signs of intelligent life at Jefferson County Open School.

If the Mayans were wrong and life goes on -- then the quest for a meaningful life will continue as well. And here's a great way to re-ignite your journey:

Hey, Cupcake, Sink Your Fangs Into Halloween!

Owl cupcakes

Don't ask us how we thought of this, but...howzabout a little something sweet for Halloween. Genius, right?

Hello, Halloween Cupcake!
Sunday, October 21, 1:30-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Barbarella Meets Brini: When Girls Collide

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Houston, we have a FABULOUS problem.

Almost Midnight -- our 10th anniversary film series -- really goes into orbit this Tuesday when Fresh City Life presents one of the campiest, cult Sci-Fi movies ever made.

Barbarella: Film presentation hosted by author Brini Maxwell
Tuesday, October 16, 6-9 p.m.

Celebrate Fall: Get Stewed

Bring your appetite for autumn's best stews; our chef highlights the comfort foods of the season.

Learn how to prepare satisfying stews and pair them with homemade breads. This Sunday, October 7, 1:30-3p in our B2 Conference Center at Central.

Craft Services: Don't Get Caught With Your Paints Down

Example of Tracesea Slater's ebullient ceramic painting

The iconic imagery of Dia de los Muertos and the sugar skulls of Mexico are celebrated in our Craft Services workshop on oven-fired ceramic glazing.

Día de las Tazas – Day of the Mugs, Saturday, October 13

Almost Midnight: Camp, Cult SciFi Classics

Michael York, Farrah Fawcett and Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run

Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. 

What is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.

Sing Out, Sister!

Peggy Lee recording a song, ca. 1945

Fresh City Life kicks off its Music Series for the fall with two amazing concerts. Entertainer and burlesque emcee Cora Vette hosts our first ever Pie Social. Then Marta Burton brings in a bevy of fantastic women singers for Wink!

First up, this Saturday, September 22:

Cora Vette's Pie Social: Come for the Pie, Stay for the Music!
Showtime 2 p.m.

Painting with Scissors: Matisse and the Papiers Coupes

"You see as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk... There are leaves, fruits, a bird." -- Henry Matisse, writing about his paper cutouts

In 1941, Henri Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a risky surgery. He wrote letters to his family that were meant to be opened in the event of his death. Matisse was preparing to "shuffle off this mortal coil." 

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