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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. 

Coffee and Chocolate Tasting at our Anti-Valentine's Day Party

Dear Cupid,

Just stay out of our way.

XOXO, 

Fresh City Life

Last night was pretty fantastic here at Fresh City Life. We rechristened our partnership with Curious Theatre Company through Voices From the Front Lines -- a staged reading of works written by military veterans of contemporary wars. Several of the pieces had been written through a special program sponsored by Lighthouse Writers Workshop. There were tears and even laughter -- and our audience was rapt!

Win Free Tickets to the new Curious Theatre production playing to full houses

Our friends at Curious Theatre Company are bringing us a special night of thought provoking staged readings -- and a chance to win tix to their new production 9 CIRCLES!

Here's what Curious Theatre has to say about their first production of 2012:

Fatty McButterpants' Holiday Survival Party Mix

If the temptations of holiday snacking are too much for you, be a game changer and make some healthy, tasty party mix to munch on.

Oscar Wilde wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."

True enough, especially this time of year. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big guy. I always reach for crunchy carbs when I want to snack, so I decided to try and make a party mix that I can eat without guilt and without popping buttons. Yesterday's snow was a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and experiment. Here's my first two versions:

 

Holiday Survival Party Mix Version 1 (super simple)

6 cups shredded wheat squares

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