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In Praise of Connie Willis

Blackout

The 2011 Hugo Award winner for Best Novel happens to be one of my favorite writers, Colorado author Connie Willis.

Many people may see Willis' books in the science fiction section, winning science fiction awards, and immediately think that those books are not for them. I urge you to reconsider.

It's in Our Nature

Plush Owl

Get back to nature with Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend--whether learning about places to explore that are close to home or nurturing your inner artist!

On Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman, learn all about the 123-acre urban wilderness in our own back yard, Bluff Lake Nature Center! Bluff Lake is a nonprofit agency that manages a unique urban wildlife and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. It is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats.

Halloween at the Crawfords

1. Anne Bancroft.

KnitFlix presents the camp classic Mommie Dearest for our Halloween-Hollywood Royalty special screening. Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Fresh City Lounge.

Here is some Mommie Dearest trivia to put you in the mood for this weird, cult film. Click on the pictures for the answers to the questions.

1. Who was originally picked to play Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest?

2. In a record breaking 'sweep,' how many Golden Raspberry Awards (the Razzies) did this film win?

3. What did costume designer Irene Sharaff say you needed to do before entering Faye Dunaway's dressing room?

4. Which memorable line from this film is #72 on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 lines of dialogue?

2 Ways to Feel Great!

Jar craft

Recycling and volunteering--does it get any better than that when it comes to feeling good?

Fresh City Life My Branch wants you to catch the feeling, and we can help this week!

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

 Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One?  Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up.  We can help.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS.  In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy.  In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia.  Wade and&n

Classical Guitar

Marc Teicholz

Grant, one of our valued Library volunteers, is a member of the Denver Classical Guitar Society and shared the news that Marc Teicholz is coming to Colorado! Teicholz has been called both "technically gifted and musical to the core," playing more than 18 different historic guitars.

Teicholz will be performing in Denver on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Christian Church. While currently on faculty with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teicholz makes the classics his own.

Film Noir

LE SAMOURAI

The coolest of all film genres!

Some call it a genre, others a movement, or even a fashion statement, but however one defines noir, with its signature femmes fatales, wisecracking tough guys, and dramatic, high-contrast cinematography, its appeal never seems to wane. Though its origins are in German expressionism and French crime films of the thirties, film noir has always been a distinctly American film movement, influenced and shaped as it was by American pulp fiction, wartime gender politics, and postwar nuclear anxieties.

Can obsession last for eternity?

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Can desire withstand immortality?

This is the theme explored by Alma Katsu in her engrossing novel "The Taker." Reminiscent of the earlier writings of Anne Rice, this novel plunges the reader into a dark world of beings cursed with the gift of immortality. This story spans centuries, but in the end it is the depth of characterization that keeps the reader riveted.

If you like your supernatural fiction with complex characters and dark subject matter then take "The Taker" and be prepared to be totally taken in.

Aging isn't easy!

Bird watching has a competitive side worth exploring.

Baby boomers all have retirement plans.  Travel.  Golf.  Relaxation.  Business.  Adventure.  Mystery.

Now that you're retired what do you do with all your time?  You have worked your entire life in order to have the time and money to enjoy yourself.  Have you tired of fishing, scrapbooking and those yoga exercises that eventually get boring.  The library has lots of ideas for you to explore.  And you have the time to explore them now.

THE BIG YEAR by Mark Obmascik
This is bird watching taken to another level.  This is a fervent competition.

 

A few tricks for a big treat: Reverse Painting on Glass

Day of the Dead skeleton

With a rich and varied history, reverse painting on glass is making a comeback. You can do it, too -- Fresh City Life takes this technique and applies it to Halloween imagery.

I was surprised to find out that painting on glass dates to the middle ages. Check out a very brief history of painting on glass here. It was traditionally used to capture religious iconography. 

We're utilizing this fascinating approach to painting and connecting it to Dia de los Muertos imagery and retro Halloween icons.

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