Whether you're an opera aficionado or are just curious about what opera is all about, you can expand your knowledge while having fun with Fresh City Life My Branch and Fresh City Life programs in June!
Central City Opera is the 2nd oldest annual professional opera festival in the country, located right here in Colorado! Each summer, they present three productions, including an opera favorite, a lesser known work, and an American work. One of summer 2012's offerings is Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James. Set in a 19th century English country house filled with ghosts and mystery, this work is sure to set your spine tingling!
Over the weekend I read Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.
This follow up to her 2006 memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which focused on her father, concentrates both on her relationship with her mother and on her therapy process. At one point, Bechdel refers to Are You My Mother? as a meta-book, as much of it deals with the time period when she was writing Fun Home, as well as her interactions with her mother around writing both that book and Are You My Mother?
Children's writer Jean Craighead George, author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books, has died at the age of 92.
One of my favorite childhood books, one that I read over and over, was her classic book of a young boy's survival in the Catskill mountains, My Side of the Mountain. I remember with vivid detail how Sam Gribley ran away from the city to survive on his own in the wilderness--how he made his own clothes, hunted food (and eventually caught and trained a falcon to do some hunting for him), and carved out a tree to make a comfortable home.
The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!
Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Whether you want to learn to knit or learn about our courts, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week! And if you need something to do this weekend, check out the list! Many programs require registration, so plan now!
Join the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. --this is a group for both beginning and experienced knitters. Learn something new, or share your knowledge!
The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors series presents Carron Barrella and the veterans of More Than 36 Days on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.
More Than 36 Days: Four Ordinary Men Face Extraordinary Circumstances is the stories of four Colorado men who served as U.S. Marines during World War II in the battle for Iwo Jima. It is not a war book--it focuses on the men, their backgrounds, and how the war experience defined them. They spent 36 days on the island, but their stories are much more than that. Learn from the hearts and souls of Don Whipple, Joe Weinmeier, Max Brown, and Jim Blane.