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A few tricks for a big treat: Reverse Painting on Glass

Day of the Dead skeleton

With a rich and varied history, reverse painting on glass is making a comeback. You can do it, too -- Fresh City Life takes this technique and applies it to Halloween imagery.

I was surprised to find out that painting on glass dates to the middle ages. Check out a very brief history of painting on glass here. It was traditionally used to capture religious iconography. 

We're utilizing this fascinating approach to painting and connecting it to Dia de los Muertos imagery and retro Halloween icons.

Quick Bread Throwdown: The Recipes

They all came rolling into my email on Monday morning -- the recipes for quick bread contenders in our Sunday cooking throwdown. I opened each email like I was excitedly opening presents on Christmas morning. Our quick bread competition and demo this Sunday will be a photo finish - with lots of good eats!

I actually couldn't imagine a quick bread recipe that involves a blow torch until I read through the recipe from one of our competitors. That's right, at a certain point in the preparation a blow torch is pulled into service. Can't wait to try this at home!

Everything But a Singing Frog

No singing frog, but three boisterous artists, one firebrand moderator, hors d'oeuvres and canapés, beer, wine and soft drinks. Do we really need the frog?

The first annual (and every event planner writes those words with a hopeful smile) eatART has something for everyone. We're going to discuss how art is surviving and thriving in Denver and in the new economy. Before we release our panel of artists to help us sort it all out, Whole Foods Market is providing a buffet fit for a New York gallery opening; while one of Fresh City Life's most loyal benefactors provides libations for everyone. eatART is the capstone event of another great year of producing cultural programming for Denver. And you are invited!

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.

You're not a player? We think you are.

 September's Game Night is top heavy like Jenga!

 We've got gamers covered for tomorrow night's Game Night at MadWine Bar and Novo Coffee -- and our night is going to be so top heavy with games and giveaways, that it's kind'f like a Jenga game -- wobbly, threatening to topple, and a ton of fun!

As always, we got games galore. Pursuit, Scrabble, Boggle, Balderdash, Yahtze, card games, Operation, Clue and many more. You can bring your favorite, too, and strike up a match. 

Our hosts, MadWine and Novo will be ready to make you something nice to sip, so bring a few bucks to show them some love.

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

Come To Judge the Quick and the Bread

Four talented chefs, four spectacular, moist and delicious breads -- but only one will be crowned the winner. 

 Fresh City Life is bringing together food entrepreneurs and chefs for Battle Quick Bread – including Ellen Daehnick of Helliemae’s Salt Caramels. Though Ellen has a legion of fans who love her caramel sauces and candies, she jumped at the chance to compete for the bragging rights of Best Quick Bread. When asked about the competition, she said, “Look, I’ve got excellent recipes for quick breads with caramel in them, but maybe I’ll mix it up and do something chocolatey or with a touch of booze.

Money (That's What I Want)

 "The best things in life are free. But you can give them to the birds and bees. I want money." -- The Flying Lizards

Social workers are notoriously underpaid and most of them have copious student loans to pay off while working relatively thankless jobs and trying to make ends meet. Emily Anderson fit that description perfectly – finding herself financially strapped much of the time – until she went on a spending fast. Emily shares the ins and outs of money fasting this month at the Denver Public Library:

If you can't stand the heat, then get in the game

 There's a table reserved for you at Game Night!

 Whether your favorite game includes spelling rare words for a triple score or discovering that Colonel Mustard did it in the library with a revolver, Fresh City Life's Game Night offers something for everyone. Hosted by MadWine Bar and Novo Coffee (13th and Acoma Plaza), you'll be treated to fun times and the chance to mingle with other old school gamers. 

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