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These Things Happened: A Road Trip To Central City Opera

The Grand Staircase in the Teller House.

At Fresh City Life, we don't always sit around and think up amusing and diverting things for you to do. Sometimes in between thinking up amusing and diverting things for you to do, we go and do amusing and diverting things with you. You should've been there yesterday for our road trip to the Central City Opera.

6/22/13 -- Trish and I met our fellow road trippers in the garden of the Central City Opera. Then we crossed the street to the Williams' Stables where the apprentice performers were working on arias and making beautiful music. It is so fun to be inside the stable (which really is a former horse and carriage stable); the interior is loaded with old hand-painted signs advertising productions from the 30s and 40s with stars like Mae West and Helen Hayes.

These Things Happened: We got our craft on at Camp Gitchacrafton

Talented designer and camp counselor Katie Wells helps tie together our decor.

Camp Gitchacrafton entertained over 200 campers on Wednesday, June 19 and is poised to become our newest annual event.

We partied like it was 1973 and everyone needed a new lanyard. Yep, at our craft party celebrating Etsy's international night of crafting, Fresh City Life hosted four crafting workshops -- lanyards, friendship bracelets, decorated postcards and ceramics.

These Things Happened: Last Friday Night We Partied, Hardly (a generally OK time was had by all)

Ann as ray of sunshine, Trish bringing the emo.

Friday, May 31: nighttime. Fresh City Life was on hand to celebrate Untitled #57 at the Denver Art Museum. We hosted ennui-inspired button making. Were you there?

We had a great time pretending to be 'meh' -- because it was too much fun hanging out with a huge crowd. Excellent live music, a chance to explore the museum at night and spectacular food. If you didn't make it, here are some photos. And join us in August!

Madame Defarge University for Knitters

Designed by Ann Myhre

When Fresh City Life talked to our expert fibers teacher, Ann Myhre, (Knitty Cat) about a knitting workshop that would incorporate multiple knitting and finishing techniques, she dreamt up this sweet little bag that allows knitters to rack up a lot of new skills in a compact project.

Finish this great purse in our June workshop and you'll move to the head of the class at Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon. Rarely does a knitting pattern offer up this many chances to practice new techniques, and with our dedicated knitting teachers for your tutors, you'll be graduating from intermediate to advanced knitter this summer. Grow your knitting skills for better fall crafting!

In the Clutch: Zippered Handbag Workshop

The Fearless Flight of Icarus Explored In Staged Reading at DPL

Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.

This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.

Author Dean Fetzer Debuts His New Novel At DPL

Fetzer signing copies of his books in the Vida Ellison Gallery of Central.

An intimate but enthusiastic group gathered to hear excerpts from Dean Fetzer's newest novel, Dead Silent.

The author, visiting from London, chatted with the audience and then read passages from the finale in his Jaared Sen Quartet. Dean took questions from the audience, and then signed copies of his books for excited collectors. 

Denver Public Library owns these Fetzer titles:

Death in Amber

Get Bugged with Artist Marie Gibbons

Samples of the June bugs Marie will be teaching students to make at Camp G.

Learn how to make these extraordinary ceramic bugs with local artist Marie Gibbons at Camp Gitchacrafton.

There's always something exciting going on in Marie E.v.B Gibbons's studio just off Tennyson. Right now she is working on a group art project guided by Susan Lomuto of New York; all participating artists are creating works of art using debris collected by Susan on the shores after Hurricane Sandy. You can see one of Marie's completed sculptures for the Peace By Piece Art Project (second photo from the bottom).

Summer Road Trip: Up Close and Behind the Scenes at Central City Opera

Once a year, we take our special road trip up to Central City for an exclusive tour of the Central City Opera, a chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes and a great summer outing into the mountains!

Central City Opera Road Trip
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Central City Opera House
124 Eureka Street, Central City 80247
Meet at the Central City Opera House Garden at 11 a.m.

Nature in Paperclay®: Crafting for the Masses

Rose designed by Emma Ginsberg

Fresh City Life started Crafts for the Masses last year to provide an opportunity for a lot of like-minded creatives to be in a big room to make and learn together. We like to think of Crafts for the Masses as Reverend Sun Myung Moon mass wedding -- except for crafts. And less commitment.

Crafts for the Masses: Nature in Paperclay®
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

darn@DAM: The Banality of Words

Fresh City Life takes our show on the road with the Denver Art Museum’s last Friday events – untitled. These wildly popular evenings are a chance to enjoy the collection of the DAM and meet new people. Untitled #57: Darn, celebrates all the meanings of that word from correcting or repairing knitted and woven items to its very unimpressive use as an expletive.

Untitled: Darn at DAM
Friday, May 31, 6-10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 13th Avenue at Acoma Plaza

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