Reviews and Blog Posts: Denver

Unbounded: Denver's Brightest Voices In Two Upcoming Concerts

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.

Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.

Heart and Soul: 2013 Weekend Music Series

Musician Jayme Stone

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." -- Victor Hugo

Fresh City Life has been bringing Denver musicians together with their fans and supporters for two seasons. This third annual FCL Weekend Music Series is poised to be the biggest and most diverse schedule of free concerts in the city.

We're adding new concerts to our line-up each week and, just between you and I, our full list of concerts for the year is nearly complete and we'll be releasing the full season's schedule in a matter of weeks. Follow the schedule and attend a concert or two for general good vibrations.

"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue." -- Plato

Full body burden : growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats

by Kristen Iversen

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rocky Flats is our nearby neighbor. How much do you know about it? You'll know a lot more if you read this memoir of a local girl whose childhood days were spent horseback riding, playing, and going to school along with many other kids in Arvada right near the boundary...

PriMDNA Tour?

MDNA album cover

If you caught the Madonna show at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night, you were probably operating at a sleep deficit if you had work Friday morning.

The material girl arrived on stage nearly 3 hours late for her show and by the end was almost universally forgiven by those who stayed for the spectacular production, rife with elaborate sets, costumes and her trademark flawless troupe of dancers.  While her inclusion of an opening number in which the black-clad diva brandishes guns and repeatedly "kills" members of her troupe had angered some audiences even before she reached Colorado, site of the recent horrific Aurora Theater Shootings,

10 Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it." -- Charles Baudelaire

​Downtown Denver offers up fantastic art, good eats, great music, free films, and some eccentric crafting for the urban adventurer. Here's a short list of 10 things to do at the library or mere steps away.

10. Hear French Metro-inspired accordion music played by a real live Frenchman. (Sunday, 2p, Central Library) ('Frenchman' is an exaggeration as accordionist is actually from New Zealand)

9. Find a rare first edition of The DaVinci Code or an ABBA cd amongst the treasures at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale. (Thursday-Sunday, hours and info, Central Library) (The DaVinci Code not rare)

Paris on the Platte: A Mayor's Vision for Denver: In Glitter

Denver at dusk -- our Paris on the Platte.

One of Denver's most controversial Mayors, Robert Speer, had big plans for Denver. He envisioned Denver as a grand European city. Fresh City Life celebrates our City of Lights with a memorable party. Please come if you Can-Can-Can.

The dream of Mayor Robert Speer (1855-1918) to make civic Denver into a world-class city is all around us. The City Auditorium, which housed the historic 1908 Democratic National Convention, still stands as a testament to Speer's endeavors. As does the beautiful Civic Center Park. Even Speer Blvd is a tease of what might have been -- a spectacular street for an American Paris.

It hasn't been a Norman Rockwell painting, but it's been a fun trip

Norman Rockwell's Family Vacation

I often looked at Norman Rockwell paintings and felt a twinge of jealousy -- wishing that those perfect scenes had been a part of my life story. Then I found out that even Norman Rockwell wished that the scenes he painted had been a part of his real life.

In truth, Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and lived a hard-scrabble childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. So his paintings of scrubbed up Americana are really just his own yearnings for a life he never had. The life he did have was exciting and full of creativity and he left a lasting artistic legacy in the hundreds of paintings he did for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and other magazines.

Mother's Day Fun

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Impress the mom in your life by teaching her about the history of Mother’s Day. Then give her a day to remember by taking part in some of the following fun activities in and around the city or plan a relaxing day at home.

In the United States the first known suggestion for Mother’s Day came in 1872 from Julia Ward Howard, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Howard envisioned a day of peace, but her idea didn’t catch on. Finally, in 1907 on the anniversary of her mother's death Anna Jarvis arranged a church service in Philadelphia to honor all mothers. She then began a letter writing campaign to congress and news outlets.

Frock the Vote

OK Designers, Please put down your scissors, needle and thread. Back slowly away from your sewing machine. It's time for us to vote.

Our twelve Frock Out designers are hard at work on their final pieces for the upcoming runway show and competition in April. Making a nod to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912, Frock Out will include camp and classic music, a live string quartet and some of Denver's hottest and newest fashion designers. 

Homemade Trick or Treat

Popcorn Balls

Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.

When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.

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