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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.

This Just In: Free Veggies from CSA/Grant Family Farms

Farm Fresh City cooking demos begin 7/9

It's true: Grant Family Farms is bringing two share boxes of veggies to our cooking demo "What the hell is this?" -- and you could take one home. Eligibility? Just be in the audience! And Chef Kark is making Lettuce Wraps and Red Curry for you to sample.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center, 1:30 p.m.

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." 

The Year of the Stag

 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

stag/stag/

Adverb: Without a partner at a social gathering: "a lot of boys went stag."

stag·nant/ˈstagnənt/

Save room for a Sundae on Friday: Butter Pecan Sundaes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Helliemae's Salt Caramel Sauce

"Do you want some of this?" -- Little Edie (offering butter pecan ice cream to her mother), Grey Gardens

 If you've seen the documentary Grey Gardens, then you know there are several scenes that revolve around food. And if you count scenes of raccoons in the attic, there are even more. 

The Play's the Thing

FCL Event

Cheaper, faster, more fun than Shakespeare!

In March of this year, stage director and producer, Brenda Cook Ritenour, launched OFF THE SHELF, a play-reading series designed to breathe life into plays that are produced rarely, if ever, in Denver. This month, Ritenour teams up with ArtSkool, (Fresh City Life's newest community event centered on the visual and performing arts of Denver) to bring you two exciting events!

Our Country's Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.

The Game Night formerly known as WordNerds

Taboo

You say you're not a player? We think you are.

Fresh City Life has been presenting a monthly game night for a year or so; it's been perking along under the name WordNerds and drawing happy crowds to Mad Wine and Novo Coffee (our partners in this gathering for game players).

Fresh City Living: Food & Fun

Denver's favorite hostes Vivienne Vavoom

 Good fun for singles or doubles this weekend!

Smart singles will be heading down to MadWine & Novo Coffee tonight for our singles night: STAG. This social club is guided by Denver's enchanting author, burlesque artist and hostess -- Vivienne VaVoom. STAG offers Denver singles a chance to connect with other interesting people in a relaxed setting. Vivienne always brings a little magic to each gathering and tonight will be no exception. One drink minimum please. Time and info.

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