Reviews and Blog Posts: Denver

As a matter of fact -- Art Happens

One of the Haiku prints produced by students at ArtSkool: Typositors.

ArtSkool: Typositors @ Matter Graphic Design

Our new monthly event, ArtSkool, went on a field trip yesterday. We all met at Matter Graphic Design to learn about creating type, copy and art using antique printing presses. The results were pretty amazing. Matter's Rick Griffith opened the event with a brief introduction to the history and uses of printing type and then things got really interesting.

Grasshopper, it's time to move.

 Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.

 Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info. 

Farm Fresh City III

We're bringing the harvest to you this Saturday.

I really hope you'll come to our Harvest Days cooking demo this Saturday. It will be the largest and most spectacular demo we've ever hosted. Chef Shellie sent me a note this morning to remind me what she'd be preparing -- pickled beets, beet green and walnut pesto and roasted Kohlrabi with Parmesan Cheese...Yummm! And, yes, she is making enough for you to try it, too!

Dinner and a Show at FCL

Free fun to share!

If you're at a loose end this weekend, Fresh City Life has a couple events for you.

WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Use these resources to find out demographics, psychographics, how much your neighbors paid for their house or haunted places in your community.

Things you want to know:

DPL's Creating Your Community website features picture galleries, history, famous people and historic buildings for seven Denver neighborhoods. The myDENVER section is a place for you to share your Denver history by uploading photographs and stories and engaging in conversations to enrich your Denver community.

VaVoom, and How

Vivienne VaVoom photographed by Dan Jahn

Denver's favorite hostess and burlesque queen, Vivienne VaVoom, takes on Stag Social Club.

The Denver Post writer Bill Husted once opined, and I paraphrase, -- in Denver, everything is six degrees of Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin). I take that to mean that if you want to be near the sizzle and sparkle of the culture quake in Denver, then Vivienne VaVoom is your epicenter.

Preston Sturges: Hollywood's Everyman

Baby, It's Not Cold Outside. But we need a little Christmas anyway.

The term Christmas in July can be traced to Southern hemisphere celebrations -- for countries that celebrate Christmas but where the winter months fall around July. In the U.S., sponsoring a Christmas in July celebration became popular at summer camps for children in the 1920s and 30s. But it took a Hollywood film directed by Preston Sturges to turn the phrase into a part of the vernacular of the common people.

Q: What's in a Name? A: Fame.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson (Doris Kappelhof and Roy Fitzgerald)

Want to go see a movie starring Roy Fitzgerald and Doris Kappelhof? Have you ever seen Reginald Kenneth Dwight in concert? Would it make you quake if Marion Morrison rode into town to restore justice?

A lot of actors, musicians and even politicians have played the name game -- changing up their name for something more befitting someone whose star is destined to rise. Hollywood movie star Joan Crawford built a formidable career after the studio held a contest in which fans got to choose a new name for starlet Lucille LeSueur. It's very possible Barry Manilow found it easier to write the songs that make the whole world sing after he legally left Barry Alan Pincus behind. John Denver may have felt Henry John Deutschendorf was bumming his Rocky Mountain High.

Farm Fresh City

The farm is at your fingertips with Community Supported Agriculture.

Are you guilty of filling your fridge crisper with veggies and then ignoring them until they’re well-past their use-by date? Our Chef Shellie Kark, from KitchenCue, has teamed up with our friends at Whole Foods Market and the dedicated farmers from Grant Family Farms for a cooking demo series to inspire you to seek out the best produce for your table.

The view is spectacular from the Top of the Town

 Fresh City Life is Denver's best date night!

 Since 2004, Fresh City Life events and programs have offered many ways to become acquainted with Denver's vibrant and intellectual organizations, groups and individuals. One of the comments that I hear most often from people after attending an event is (and I'm paraphrasing), "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to spend time with my community." 

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