Did you know that the nickname the "Windy City" is derived not from the city's weather, but from the reputation of politicians in the late 1800s to boast about the city?
This nickname came into play as Chicago and New York were vying to be named host to the 1893 World’s Fair. Ultimately, Chicago won the honor and thus we have the strange and fascinating tale, Devil in the White City.
Currently engrossed with Erik Larson’s fantastic story, I have discovered two additional strange but true tales about Chi-Town to add to my reading list:
Enduring the same cartoons and repeats of Disney full-length feature films with kids can be exhausting. To make it through the fifth showing of SpongeBob SquarePants, I now play a game: Whose voice is that?!
Many actors are now leading double lives as voice actors or voiceover actors. Their talents make watching repeats possible for me. Here are a few of my recent discoveries:
With Easter, Passover, and Purim coming up you may have questions about the celebrations, their significance, or just about the beliefs of those who celebrate.
Many resources are available for those with curious minds. The Teaching Company has classes taught by professors both on CD and DVD. Do you want a little bit on information without delving into an entire book? Try a children’s book.
Celebrate Pi Day (3/14) today! Celebrate the mathematical constant by watching one of these great films that exalt mathematics or feature mathematicians! Did you know that the current record for the decimal expansion of pi stands at 5 trillion digits!!
When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.
Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.
Whether you want to feed your body and spirit by starting a yoga practice, improve the look of your closet, or need some tax tips, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week.
Start off by getting up to speed on the Denver Public Library's new catalog, Polaris on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Find out about keeping track of your reading history, placing holds, and other fabulous features!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt. In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial. Or creamy and sweet. Or both- and brunch is just the thing.
For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce. Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable. I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon. A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin. Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise. And if your sauce separates? No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.
If you would have told me ten years ago that The Orb, who have never been shy about their art-rock and psychedelic leanings, would collaborate with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, I would have said "Yeah, I wish!"......well, I guess the Gods of Ambient grooves were listening because my wish just came true.
If you grew up listening to Pink Floyd or stealing your dad's Pink Floyd records like I did then you know the gigantic footprint that they left -and are still leaving- on the music industry. Spanning over decades, it is safe to say they have amassed an army of fans and influenced many composers and musicians as well, one of those being LX Patterson of The Orb.
How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.
While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.
Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:
Indie fans, do you ever feel like your favorite music genre has become so mainstream that it's not Indie anymore? If you're looking for the most independent Indie out there, look no further than your own backyard. Local bands all over the country represent where this music got its start.
Tagged on their website as experimental Indie rock electronica, local act Pan Astral sticks out from the crowd, blending ethereal vocals with integrated chaos in rhythms that range from trippy to poppy. The subtlest hints of rock, grunge, psychedelic, 80s synth pop, trance, and even folk country somehow all find their way into these meandering streams of notes. If you're 18 or older, catch them at the Hi-Dive this Thursday, March 10 with Lamp! and &One.