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Bette Davis Film Causes Spontaneous Kindness*

A recent, wholly unscientific study shows that 9 out of 10 acts of kindness can lead to a chain reaction of kindnesses. Even Bette Davis films can cause random acts of kindness. Witness:

On Tuesday, November 16, the Crossroads Theatre, in partnership with Fresh City Life, will be hosting a free film night. It's our monthly KnitFlix, so we'll have an area for knitters with good light, but we're also inviting non-crafters to join us for this film showing. And we're asking everyone to bring a food item or toiletries for donation to Urban Peak, the orgnaization that helps homeless youth and youth at risk of being homeless. 

Frock the Vote!

design by Enuma Duhu

Here's some candidates that you can vote for with confidence!

Our epic fashion competition is just around the corner (Thursday, Nov 18) and we need your help choosing the People's Choice designer. This award comes with a prize package valued at $1000 and one talented designer will take home the prize!

The Night Mondo Guerra Kissed Me*

 *Okay, Mondo didn't kiss me, but it was still a thrill.

I met Mondo Guerra last night for the second time. We met three years ago when he came to the open call for designers for our first runway competition Frock Out. He was already designing with panache and he was juried in as one of our twelve designers. I remember him as funny, self-effacing and joyful. Circumstances and life interfered and Mondo wasn't able to participate in Frock Out. I'm not sure if any of us knew then what we missed out on.

The Phantom of Crossroads Theatre: Singer Marta Burton brings a little illumination to Five Points

Cover art for a 1920 edition of Phantom of the Opera

Crossroads Theatre hosts Marta Burton and Nick Rossi in Dark Duets- The Phantom of the Opera.

The first time I saw The Phantom of the Opera, I was entranced with everything about the production -- from the costumes to the staging. But it was the music, so dark and dreamy, that lingered long after the curtain fell. Fresh City Life has got a special treat for your Halloween goodie bag: a special FREE concert with Denver's premier chanteuse Marta Burton performing with her 'phantom,' Nick Rossi at Denver's beautiful Crossroads Theatre.

Bootstrap Financing - Fall's Must-Have Accessory: Fashion designer Melissa May meets Marcel Proust

Design by Melissa May

Fresh City Life asked Denver designer Melissa May to answer the Proust questionnaire -- and she tells us like she sees it.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Death by Kittens: Fashion designer Fallene Wells meets Marcel Proust

Designs by Fallene Wells

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designer to answer the Proust questionnaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Libraries Are a Smart Investment

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Ever wonder how much you receive in return for every $1 in taxes you spend on the Denver Public Library? Find out how much you're saving by using the Library Return on Investment Calculator. Keep reading to learn why libraries aren't going the way of the dinosaur any time soon; they're more relevant than ever!

Have you ever heard the question (or asked yourself), "Why do we need libraries when we have the Internet and eBook readers?" The Denver Public Library encourages you to share the following facts with your friends and family. During a recession, it's more important than ever that library services are known about and shared.

Library Love Story: Diane and David Grey

David and Diane Grey (center) with DPL Executive Team memebers

Deciding to donate landscaping to beautify the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch was about as easy as walking by the building.

We walk in the neighborhood on a regular basis and noticed that not much had been done as far as landscaping. When the branch was under renovations recently, we started talking about how wonderful it would be if the outside of the branch could look as beautiful as the inside.

As the owners of G.E. Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company, we knew we had the expertise to really make a difference in the “curb appeal” of the branch. We contacted the library, got the wheels turning, and completed the project soon after the branch reopened earlier this summer.

New website helps Spanish speakers find health insurance options

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a Spanish-language version of Healthcare.gov to help Spanish speakers find health insurance options to meet their needs.

There are sections with information directed at specific demographic groups — families with children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers — as well as a tool to help you find what is available in your state and what will work best for you depending on your particular situation. This tool leads you through simple questions and then clearly presents options that might work and provides further reading on the relevant details and how to proceed.

Photography Exhibit: Recollection 2010: Works from the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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 July 10 - September 12, 2010

The Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

Recollection 2010 is a selection of more than 60 works from the 600-print collection of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Collectively the exhibition presents a remarkable 20th century survey of people and places. Most works in the show are vintage gelatin silver prints.

Artists include:

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