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The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

Hail and Farewell, Professor!

Jani and me on our last night of knitting salon.

Our beloved knitting teacher, Jani Fellows, is moving to Los Angeles to be near her family -- and Fresh City Life and all of our knitting students wish her a bon voyage!

Jani Fellows was there at the beginning of our knitting program. In the fall of 2004, before Fresh City Life had a name, when it was still just a pilot project, I put together our first knitting class to see what kind of response we'd get for fibers workshops. Thirty-five people came the first night and Jani was a bit surprised by the turn-out. 

ArtSkool debuts this Spring

Curiosity skilled the cat. And the freshness just keeps coming.

Fresh City Life debuts its new monthly series: ArtSkool. This arts exploration is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of visual and performing arts, while at the same time building a bridge between students and Denver’s vibrant arts community. ArtSkool “students” will build an appreciation for an art form with which they previously had little or no experience. As with all of our events and workshops, Fresh City Life will partner with talented individuals and organizations to bring exciting programs within reach of our community.

You can't teach taste, but you can knit chic

Chris Loffelmacher demos finishing techniques for this scarf

 Color palettes became one of the important aspects of a recent knitting workshop.

 I got to use my color theory training a little bit during our Stripes and Bobbles Scarf workshop. Well-attended by a group of beginning and intermediate knitters, the pattern called for students to choose one space-dyed yarn and combine other solid yarns with it to create their stripes.

FRESHEST: What's New at Fresh City Life

Some samples of coil baskets from Professor Tilly.

In the spirit of Fresh City Life, new events debut this year!

Denverites maybe never had it so good. Fresh City Life is offering up new and retooled events for you this year. In successive posts, I'll let you in on some of the cool stuff that is booked and some of the things that are in the works -- but not fully-baked (just yet).

Darlings, Get Yourself to the Theatre for Holiday Fun!

Phoebe Reese, blogging for a cause -- Holiday cheer for all of you -- and a good sturdy new year start for Fresh City Life. Plus single-handedly saving Denver theatre.

Hello my little rum balls!

Pictured left top photo, Phoebe Reese and her littlest fan. Can you tell how much I adore children from this photo? Well I do!, But these tiny tots have no visible means of support -- they don't buy theatre tickets or souvenir programs or cocktails at intermission. What a bore! Second pic is the adorable trio who founded Balls: Melanie Owen Padilla, Mare Trevathan and GerRee Hinshaw. Aren't they sweet?

Rumors and Romance Backstage at Balls: A Holiday Spectacular

Phoebe Reese and two elves, behind the scenes at Balls

 Have you heard about Balls?

Hello my little gumdrops! 

Balls: A Holiday Spectacular is right around the corner!

Phoebe Reese -- all smiles for the waiting reporters.

 Bringing a cheerful basket of Balls to you for the Holidays!

 Hello My Little Rum Balls!

Hope you like my new publicity photos! Chris is still in Cleveland, and I'm breathlessly putting together an amazing show for you. Mare Trevathan, Melanie Owen Padilla and GerRee Hinshaw are pouring out their hearts and souls for this extravaganza and it's all to benefit Fresh City Life. Chris tells me via Cleveland that Fresh City Life puts on a variety of cultural events for the citizens of Denver, the great majority of which are free! That's a better deal than universal healthcare!

Miss Phoebe Reese Guest Blogs For Fresh City Life

Backstage at Curious Theatre, Phoebe poses with a young fan.

While Chris Loffelmacher attends the International Cultural Programming Symposium in Cleveland, his friend, Phoebe Reese (entertainer, party hostess and self-proclaimed celebrity), will be filling in and sending you up-to-the-minute blogs on what's happening at Fresh City Life:

 Hello My Little Pumpkins!

I'm commandeering Chris' blog for a couple weeks while he takes in all the cultural offerings in Cleveland. Chris and I go way back, we grew up together in North Dakota and then met again years later while my star was rising in San Francisco. He was a clerk in a gift shop -- and though we were an unlikely pair, we became fast friends. My star never stopped rising...and now I believe Chris is a clerk of some kind at the library...so we've both come a long way.

Swishing Fabric, Hidden Zipper: Fashion designer Francis Roces meets Marcel Proust

Design by Francis Roces

Fresh City Life asked fashion designer Francis Roces to answer our questionnaire and he rapped about kimonos, his favorite places and an undying passion for making clothes. 

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our eleven designers have been 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.

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