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Titanic Mystery: A Prophecy of the Tragedy?

The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility

Morgan Robertson's novella titled Futility is an engaging fictional account of the ill-fated voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic.

Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan recounts many of the elements that makes Titanic a truly epic story -- the iceberg, the lack of lifeboats, the number that perished. But the most spectacular detail of Robertson's retelling of the Titanic story is that it was written in 1898, a full fourteen years before the actual event!

Here are some of the strange similarities between the novella and the real event:

Frock the Vote

OK Designers, Please put down your scissors, needle and thread. Back slowly away from your sewing machine. It's time for us to vote.

Our twelve Frock Out designers are hard at work on their final pieces for the upcoming runway show and competition in April. Making a nod to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912, Frock Out will include camp and classic music, a live string quartet and some of Denver's hottest and newest fashion designers. 

Say Chic: YSL descends in Denver

One of the great wonders of the fashion world, Yves Saint Laurent, makes his fashion debut in Denver this month. Actually, YSL won't be here, but his clothes will be.

The retrospective of iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, who's clothes became synonymous (along with Halston) with the Studio 54 culture of the 1970s, opens at the Denver Art Museum this Sunday, March 25, 2012.

After 40 years as one of the great impresarios of the fashion world, Yves Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and passed away in June of 2008. His home has become a museum and his fashion oeuvre has become the hottest international art exhibition -- and Denver hosts the retrospective for several months this spring.

Frivolity. Can you use it in a sentence, please?

Fresh City Life is committed to the seriousness of frivolity. The word is frivolity.

​Frivolity. F-r-i-v-o-l-i-t-y. Frivolity.

I still remember the word that ended my spelling bee hopes 30+ years ago: transistor. In a fit of nerves I stalled out at t-r-a-n-s-i, and then when I resumed spelling, I forgot the second 's'. It was a youthful mistake -- that I've never forgotten. I still remember my parents' faces in the audience, trying to puzzle out how I'd missed such a simple word. But hey, it's not like it's haunted me ever since.

So who's up for a Spelling Bee?

It's all Irish: Test your knowledge of St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick was born in Roman-occupied Great Britain ca. 390..

St. Patrick's Day offers us all a chance to be Irish for a day. How much do you know about the international holiday?

 

Click on the photo to the left to see the correct answer to these questions.

1. There is no more famous figure in Irish history than St. Patrick, but where was he actually born?

 

 

 

2. Non-liturgical St. Patrick's Day is always held on March 17. What is the significance of this date?

 

 

 

 

3. Before 'the wearing of the green' became ubiquitous, what color was most commonly associated with St. Patrick?

 

 

 

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

A modernized Greek chorus.

New York's famed Aquila Theatre is touring the country with their Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program and they are making a stop in Denver.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America focusing on inner-city, rural and underserved communities with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

Monkey Bread: Just Say Dough

The final, delicious product.

Let's Bring Back: one of the superstars of the 1980s kitchen -- Monkey Bread.

When I was in high school, my mom discovered a great recipe for turning refrigerator rolls into the most amazing pull-apart dessert bread. Called Monkey Bread, it was a favored recipe of the 1980s, partly because Nancy Reagan made it a staple at casual White House functions. But the origins of the name Monkey Bread are as murky as the origins of the recipe itself.

Titanic Now and Forever

An iconic image from days after the sinking of the Titanic.

Even at 100 years old, the story of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage still captivates.

At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg that tore open her side -- and she began taking on water immediately. Despite the confidence of her passengers that she was "practically unsinkable," the miracle of the modern age sank beneath icy waters at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Of her 2,223 passengers, 1517 perished.

Designer Fallene Wells has a lot on her fashion plate

Designer Fallene Wells

Frock Out's guest judge, Fallene Wells, has her dreams in sight!

I'm really excited that Fallene Wells, one of Denver's most talented designers and a graduate of the fast-paced reality competition Project Runway, will be our star judge for Frock Out 3. Though she's busy with a handful of really challenging projects of her own, Fallene didn't hesitate when asked to participate in Frock Out 2012.

Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Bad Romance in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Love is forever...but it seems longer.

Whether you're a lover of love or a conscientious objector, Bette Davis' 1941 confection The Great Lie will have you on the edge of your seat -- it's a love thriller. The twists and turns on the way to the ending (happy for some, stoic for others) are custom made for two of Hollywood's notorious scenery-chewers: Bette Davis and Mary Astor. 

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