Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.
Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award.
We recently hosted author and gastronomical adventurer, Bruce Kraig, who's toured the United States to research the very American fascination with wieners. He joined Fresh City Life for a special author talk with sampling dogs included.
Bruce Kraig traveled from Chicago to tell us tales of men biting dogs. His most recent book, Man Bites Dog, is a tribute to the all-American hot dog culture.
At Fresh City Life, we don't always sit around and think up amusing and diverting things for you to do. Sometimes in between thinking up amusing and diverting things for you to do, we go and do amusing and diverting things with you. You should've been there yesterday for our road trip to the Central City Opera.
6/22/13 -- Trish and I met our fellow road trippers in the garden of the Central City Opera. Then we crossed the street to the Williams' Stables where the apprentice performers were working on arias and making beautiful music. It is so fun to be inside the stable (which really is a former horse and carriage stable); the interior is loaded with old hand-painted signs advertising productions from the 30s and 40s with stars like Mae West and Helen Hayes.
Camp Gitchacrafton entertained over 200 campers on Wednesday, June 19 and is poised to become our newest annual event.
We partied like it was 1973 and everyone needed a new lanyard. Yep, at our craft party celebrating Etsy's international night of crafting, Fresh City Life hosted four crafting workshops -- lanyards, friendship bracelets, decorated postcards and ceramics.
Friday, May 31: nighttime. Fresh City Life was on hand to celebrate Untitled #57 at the Denver Art Museum. We hosted ennui-inspired button making. Were you there?
We had a great time pretending to be 'meh' -- because it was too much fun hanging out with a huge crowd. Excellent live music, a chance to explore the museum at night and spectacular food. If you didn't make it, here are some photos. And join us in August!
When Fresh City Life talked to our expert fibers teacher, Ann Myhre, (Knitty Cat) about a knitting workshop that would incorporate multiple knitting and finishing techniques, she dreamt up this sweet little bag that allows knitters to rack up a lot of new skills in a compact project.
Finish this great purse in our June workshop and you'll move to the head of the class at Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon. Rarely does a knitting pattern offer up this many chances to practice new techniques, and with our dedicated knitting teachers for your tutors, you'll be graduating from intermediate to advanced knitter this summer. Grow your knitting skills for better fall crafting!
Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.
This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.
An intimate but enthusiastic group gathered to hear excerpts from Dean Fetzer's newest novel, Dead Silent.
The author, visiting from London, chatted with the audience and then read passages from the finale in his Jaared Sen Quartet. Dean took questions from the audience, and then signed copies of his books for excited collectors.
Learn how to make these extraordinary ceramic bugs with local artist Marie Gibbons at Camp Gitchacrafton.
There's always something exciting going on in Marie E.v.B Gibbons's studio just off Tennyson. Right now she is working on a group art project guided by Susan Lomuto of New York; all participating artists are creating works of art using debris collected by Susan on the shores after Hurricane Sandy. You can see one of Marie's completed sculptures for the Peace By Piece Art Project (second photo from the bottom).