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If You Can't Stand The Heat, Go To the Movies: Special Saturday Film Presentation of Wall-E

Denver Public Library is the coolest place to be on a hot summer day. We're turning down the lights and serving up a film treat for the whole family. Join us for a large screen presentation of Pixar's modern fairytale, Wall-E. 

With beautiful animation and grown-up themes of consumerism, mass consumption and unrequited love, WALL-E is entertaining for the most discerning film enthusiast while at the same time capturing the imagination of kids. It's a visual delight.

This film is being shown in conjunction with our morning cooking demo series United State of Food, which centers on food supply education. Come to both events or just cruise in for the movie.

Film On The Side: Denver Public Library hosts an outdoor showing of the new classic UP

Join Fresh City Life for our first ever outdoor film presentation. We'll have some chairs waiting for you, but you can bring a favorite blanket or pillow to sit on. Bring the whole family, too; Up is a great film for all ages.

We'll have some iced beverages and snacks for you -- so bring a little walking around money. Then kick back and enjoy the novelty of a film presented on the side of your Central Library. Free and open to the public.

Up (2009)
Friday, July 12,8:30-10:30 p.m.
Central Library, Acoma Plaza

Coming Attractions: United State of Food

Green smoothie photo from abeachcottage.com

Our favorite Chef, Shellie Kark, of KitchenCUE, will talk about the up-to-the-minute news about your food supply and share tips for making the best choices for healthy eating. 

We are leaving out talk of table manners and etiquette, in this three-part series about rolling up your sleeves, tucking in your napkin and taking your food supply into your own hands. You can stop being spoon fed information that someone else chooses for you to consume -- and educate yourself on what is coming to your table. Chef Shellie will help. We're also giving away a set of lunch boxes from The Container Store to one registered audience member!

Coming Attractions: The Blonde Who Terrorized Washington

Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.

Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award.

These Things Happened: Man Bites Dog

We recently hosted author and gastronomical adventurer, Bruce Kraig, who's toured the United States to research the very American fascination with wieners. He joined Fresh City Life for a special author talk with sampling dogs included.

Bruce Kraig traveled from Chicago to tell us tales of men biting dogs. His most recent book, Man Bites Dog, is a tribute to the all-American hot dog culture. 

These Things Happened: A Road Trip To Central City Opera

The Grand Staircase in the Teller House.

At Fresh City Life, we don't always sit around and think up amusing and diverting things for you to do. Sometimes in between thinking up amusing and diverting things for you to do, we go and do amusing and diverting things with you. You should've been there yesterday for our road trip to the Central City Opera.

6/22/13 -- Trish and I met our fellow road trippers in the garden of the Central City Opera. Then we crossed the street to the Williams' Stables where the apprentice performers were working on arias and making beautiful music. It is so fun to be inside the stable (which really is a former horse and carriage stable); the interior is loaded with old hand-painted signs advertising productions from the 30s and 40s with stars like Mae West and Helen Hayes.

These Things Happened: We got our craft on at Camp Gitchacrafton

Talented designer and camp counselor Katie Wells helps tie together our decor.

Camp Gitchacrafton entertained over 200 campers on Wednesday, June 19 and is poised to become our newest annual event.

We partied like it was 1973 and everyone needed a new lanyard. Yep, at our craft party celebrating Etsy's international night of crafting, Fresh City Life hosted four crafting workshops -- lanyards, friendship bracelets, decorated postcards and ceramics.

These Things Happened: Last Friday Night We Partied, Hardly (a generally OK time was had by all)

Ann as ray of sunshine, Trish bringing the emo.

Friday, May 31: nighttime. Fresh City Life was on hand to celebrate Untitled #57 at the Denver Art Museum. We hosted ennui-inspired button making. Were you there?

We had a great time pretending to be 'meh' -- because it was too much fun hanging out with a huge crowd. Excellent live music, a chance to explore the museum at night and spectacular food. If you didn't make it, here are some photos. And join us in August!

Madame Defarge University for Knitters

Designed by Ann Myhre

When Fresh City Life talked to our expert fibers teacher, Ann Myhre, (Knitty Cat) about a knitting workshop that would incorporate multiple knitting and finishing techniques, she dreamt up this sweet little bag that allows knitters to rack up a lot of new skills in a compact project.

Finish this great purse in our June workshop and you'll move to the head of the class at Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon. Rarely does a knitting pattern offer up this many chances to practice new techniques, and with our dedicated knitting teachers for your tutors, you'll be graduating from intermediate to advanced knitter this summer. Grow your knitting skills for better fall crafting!

In the Clutch: Zippered Handbag Workshop

The Fearless Flight of Icarus Explored In Staged Reading at DPL

Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.

This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.

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