Fresh City Life Blog

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

Barry Fey, Ebooks, and Western History!

Backstage Past

Are you almost ready for a new month of Fresh City Life My Branch events? There are a few more September events to tell you about, and then we're on to our fabulous October!

Monday, September 24, is your chance to meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey. He'll be discussing and signing his book Backstage Past and share his stories of meeting some the world's greatest rock stars. At Schlessman at 6:30 p.m.

A Legend, an Owl, a Cup of Coffee, and Some Butterflies

Backstage Past

Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:

10:30 a.m. Strange Brew at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library: Learn to brew your best cup of coffee at home with both traditional and new brew methods. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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.

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Grow Your Mind!

How do you want to grow your mind this week? By sharing your love of books with other readers? Learning about the Civil War? How about a cooking class? We have that and more with Fresh City Life My Branch.

Feed your mind AND your body by learning how to cook with all the wonderful bounty available at this time of year in Cooking from the Farmer's Market on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Monica Kadillak will inspire you with ideas for all those fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs that are plentiful at the farmer's market or in your own garden! Recipes and samples included.

When Did Humans First Enter the Americas?

Join Fresh City Life My Branch and Feed Your Mind with the question of when humans first came to the Americas on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has focused much of his research on this question, one of the most hotly debated topics in North American archaeology. After 130 years of scientists asking this question, we still do not have a definitive answer, although we are making progress in finding older and older human sites. Dr.

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Civil War

The Denver Public Library and Fresh City Life My Branch are proud to be among the 150 libraries nationwide hosting the 5-part discussion series Making Sense of the American Civil War.

This reading and discussion series will use books and scholar-led discussion as an entry into serious thought, discussion, and further reading. It will also offer an occasion to bring diverse groups together at the Library to examine the modern implications of the Civil War and emancipation. Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community. This series is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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." 

Fresh City Life stops for Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion -- Josie Quick and Tom Carleno. Photo by John Moore

Sometimes it is worth it to stop and enjoy something on your journey, rather than to always be in perpetual motion. This past Saturday we got to do both. Denver locals Josie Quick and Tom Carleno brought Perpetual Motion to Fresh City Life.

Right off, I'll tell you that, if you missed this wonderful concert, we will be bringing Perpetual Motion back for an encore in the new year. They are fantastic!

This sought-after duo blends acoustic world music into a bright fusion of sounds. Mixing international styles, Perpetual Motion moves effortlessly between the traditions of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, blues and rock. This eclectic approach to music informs their original compositions and cover tunes. 

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