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Fresh City Living: A great week of events!

Tommy Lee Jones in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men.

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Are you ready for some fun this week? We think so.

 

 

 

Tonight, we've got two films: No Country for Old Men at 6 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center. And for KnitFlix, we're showing an end of the school year special -- The Breakfast Club. This film starts at 5:30 p.m., Level 1 Fresh City Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Craftinatrix Trish Tilly turns a few materials and supplies into gorgeous, modern Pom Pom Flowers. We've saved a seat for Elvis and we're pretty sure he won't make it, so sign up and join Trish for this fun DIY.

 

Grey Gardens Forever: An Etsy Crafting Party

 Little Edie's style lives on in fashion, decor and crafting.

"This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don't like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today." -- Little Edie, Grey Gardens

Wandering Jews: Traditional Sephardic Cooking

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Our favorite chef brings home great Jewish foods from the Iberian Peninsula

KitchenCue's Chef Shellie Kark is presenting a selection of Jewish regional cuisines and recipes in the month of May. Past weeks have included Eastern European and New York specialties. 

This Sunday 5/15 at 1:30 p.m., Chef Kark will explore the cuisine of the Sephardic Jews -- the foods that sprang from the region of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

Art Is Primordial and For Everyone

 ArtSkool debuts with a workshop that highlights one of the first art mediums: Mud!

pri·mor·di·al,  adjective

1. Existing at or from the beginning of time, primeval -- the primordial oceans

2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental -- the primordial needs of the masses

While it's unlikely that the first sea creature to give land a try looked back at its tracks and noted the artistic pattern they made in the mud -- clay was and remains one of our primordial materials for making art.

Laws of Physics and Fashion: Yo-Yos Do Come Back

Sample of a classic yo-yo quilt.

 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." -- Yves Saint Laurent

 

 Yo-yo quilting is a humble craft -- developed by creative Depression-era homemakers to use up bits of fabric for practical objects -- usually quilts and coverlets. (The top photo is a good example of this kind of quilting.) The product is homey, sensible and, in the right hands, can have a wonderful sense of design and movement.

 

M is for the Million Things She Gave Me

Still from The Donna Reed Show

“There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom.” -- Sue Berkman

 

This Sunday, we're throwing a little party in honor of Moms everywhere. We hope that you can come -- and bring your Mom!

First, Chef Shellie Kark is going to take us on a tour of New York Jewish Deli cuisine, with her demo and sampling of traditional knishes. YUMMM.

But that's not enough! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have chipped in so that we can serve a sweet deli finish -- like rich cheesecake. And we just might have a surprise or two for our Mom's.

Cassoulet: The French Obsession

Cassoulet

France's ancient contribution to the peasant table is now one of the most revered dishes in French cooking.

Its origins track back to the siege of Castelnaudary by the Black Prince, Edward the Prince of Wales, in 1355. The villagers came together to create a large cauldron of beans, meat and herbs to fortify their warriors — and cassoulet was born.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

Get Rich Quick: Host a Stock Party

Denver school lunch program. Photo courstesy Western History Dept.

Valuable insider stock info from Chef Jessica Gaydos!

After this Saturday's cooking demo with Chef Jessica Gaydos, you'll be on your way to a truly beneficial stock portfolio. Chef Jess is going to show you how to make soup from fresh produce and short list of pantry ingredients; she'll also talk about making luxurious stocks that can be the base for great homemade meals. Stocks (and many soups) freeze well; after you learn the ins and outs of making stocks, throw a stock party for a group of friends and bank your dividends for future meals.

 

Let's Party Like It's 1929!

Two men dining at a soup kitchen in Denver. Courtesy WHG Photo Coll.

 Top 6 Tips for Cooking in a Depression

Whatever your favorite pundit is calling the current and ongoing economic crunch - recession, economic decline, bear market, slow down -- one thing is certain: the cost of living is going up. Groceries are more expensive and getting to and from the store is costlier as well.

Recently, a close friend said to me, "I just read an article that compares our current economic woes to some of the harbingers of the Great Depression. How are we supposed to prepare for that?"

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