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Oscar Wilde's Leadville Adventure

Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."

The Day That Eugene Field Punk'd Oscar Wilde

Eugene Field

Based on this photo, you may not guess that the author and journalist, Eugene Field, had a wicked sense of humor. During his tenure as the editor of the Denver Tribune (1880-1883), he pulled many pranks on his friends and acquaintances and even visiting dignitaries.

Portrait of India with Photographer Amy Wright

Photographer Amy Wright hosts a beautiful slide show of her photos as she talks about her journey to India to record the lives of women and their families who have been impacted by microloans.

What is a microloan? It is a very small, short-term loan at low interest, especially for a start-up company or self-employed person. -- dictionary.com

Saturday Sessions: Go Island with Toco Bay

If any music can be said to have charms to soothe the savage breast -- it just might be the ebullient sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Originally coming to the fore during WWII in Trinidad, steel drums were developed by African slaves who were brought to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to work on French and Spanish plantations. The music of these instruments became a direct link to the music of their homeland. 

This Saturday, Denver Public Library hosts Toco Bay, the Colorado duo that uses steel pans to create a beautiful and joyous concert.

Woman Power In a World of Men: Marlene Dietrich in Manpower

Marlene Dietrich started her career as a film actress in 1930. Born in 1901, she was thirty before American audiences discovered her in Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel; she became a film superstar and yet she was past the age of ingenue -- a rarity in Hollywood. But she learned auteur and Hollywood lighting and makeup techniques from von Sternberg, who had pioneered 'butterfly lighting' to create perfect shadows on Dietrich's face when photographed in close-ups and medium shots.

Get Your Game On: Game of Thrones Knitted Hood Workshop

It's a worldwide phenomenon -- Game of Thrones books written by George R. R.

How Becomes a Legend Most? The Making of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was once just a school kid with hopes and aspirations like every other kid. Yet he grew up to be a definitive American author with a distinctive style; and he lived a life that could have been torn from the pages of one of his own books. Author Nancy Sindelar, who once worked as a teacher in Hemingway's high school, has written a fascinating book about the people and places that made Hemingway into the author and man who culturally dominated the last century. 

Old Acquaintances: Bette Davis vs. Miriam Hopkins

By the time Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins made the film, Old Acquaintance, in 1943, their feud was part of the publicity for their film showdown. The two actresses had apparently had a rivalry since their days on Broadway in 1928 when they were in the same acting troupe (except at this time, Hopkins was on top professionally).

Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen: An Anti-Valentine's Day Party

Fresh City Life will be taking a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming of high-minded, culturally significant fare to ring in Valentine's Day with a presentation of Xanadu. It is arguably one of the finest worst films ever made. And it is a ton of fun.

Get Frosted This Friday

Fresh City Life is getting out amongst 'em this Friday at Denver Art Museum's: Untitled: On the Rocks. This fun evening highlights the current Cartier exhibit of jewelry and rare items from the Cartier jewelers' collection. It is a fascinating and sparkling show -- go see it if you haven't yet. 

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