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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.

Chicano Theater

Su Teatro, Denver's talented acting troupe providing the best of Chicano theater, recently purchased the Denver Civic Theater on Santa Fe Drive.

My friends and I were too young to understand the growing use of the term Chicano while elders preferred Mexican. When I was older, a writer summed up what Chicano meant for him - "the hyphen between Mexican and American." Chicano theater is another way of accessing the rich cultural traditions of Mexican Americans. If you haven't read any Chicano drama, take a look at the following titles:

Silk Screen Trick or Treat Bag

Get ready for Halloween by silk-screening your own canvas trick or treat bag on Saturday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Free bags and candy provided. Registration is required. Please call 720-865-0955 to register.

More tricks and treats for the holiday:

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17-23

Teen Read Week Sticker by Talia, age 12

The theme for Teen Read Week 2010 is Books with Beat. Why is it important to celebrate teens and reading October 17-23 (and the rest of the year)? For a lot of reasons!

"Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce." - American Library Association

Solomon Burke: King of Soul

Celebrate the memory of the "greatest soul singer of all time" with several CDs available at the Library. Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010 in Amsterdam but his amazing soulful voice will not be forgetten.

His songs "Take Me (just as I am)" or "Cry to Me" are personal favorites as is the collection "Don't Give Up on Me." If you are a fan of R&B (Burke partnered with the finest performers), his voice reaffirms there is still a place for S-O-U-L. Lower the lights and sit yourself down to hear a true master at work. Other favorites include:

Opera Superstar Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland

Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.

 

 

SEE more YouTube videos of Joan Sutherland.

2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American Literature published in the last year. The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced on October 13 by Pat Conroy at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.

Last winners were Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction), The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J.

Behind the Veil: Travel in Yemen and Jordan

Join us for another exciting evening of Travel Tales on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library! Come travel behind the Arabian veil and explore the fascinating countries of Yemen and Jordan. Travel photographer Shirley Brown will captivate your travel bug!

For More Information on These Countries:

Flag of Chile

"Flag of Chile." Image. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 13 Oct

When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.) 

Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.

2010 Man Booker Prize Announced

The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best book of the year by a British or Irish author selected by critics, writers and academics. The 2010 winner is The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. The award was announced Tuesday evening at a dinner at London's Guildhall and was broadcast by the BBC shortly after 10 p.m.

The Guardian recently published an article interviewing Jacobson. This is the author's eleventh novel, preceded by The Act of Love (2009) and Kalooki Nights (2007), among others.

This Year's Nominations Included:

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