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The Perfect Valentine's Day = Chocolate, Roses and Zombies

If all the hearts and flowers and sugary confections leave you feeling a bit underwhelmed, Fresh City Life offers an alternative: our Anti-Valentine’s Day Heartburn Party. And this year, for fun, we've added in zombies.

When we talked to our friends at Mile High Cinema and told them that we wanted to do something extra special for our Anti-Valentine's Day party this year, they didn't hesitate when they told us they had the perfect film for us: a new entry in the current love affair with zombies, Pontypool. Hope you can join us for this presentation of a newly-minted classic.

Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft go toe-to-toe in The Turning Point

The famous fight scene

Revisit this 1970s gem that holds the Academy Awards record for the most nominated film that didn't win a single Oscar.

Knitting en Pointe: Movie and Knitting Workshop hosted by the Colorado Ballet.

The Turning Point (1977)
Thursday, January 31, 7:15-10:15 p.m.
Colorado Ballet Academy, 1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, 80203

To Erhu is human, to hear it -- divine

Erhu

The erhu, a two-stringed instrument which is evocative of China, is being used in contemporary recordings of pop and underground dance music. 

For a one-thousand-year-old instrument, the erhu is holding up pretty well in modern times. It has been featured in contemporary film scores (House of Flying Daggers) and utilized by rock and pop musicians for it's unmistakable sound. 

A World Tour of Healthy Eating

Eating well can be as fun and diverse (and delicious) as ever with cookbooks and recipes created to promote health and wellness. 

The great divide for many of us is the chasm between good tasting, satisfying foods and healthy, nutrient-dense fare. But the library shelves are groaning with great cookbooks that will help you bridge the perceived gap between delicious and nutritious. Here are a couple suggestions:

Violinist Plays to commemorate the children of Terezin Concentration Camp

Compassionate musician Sandra Wong brings a sense of history and humanity to Holocaust Remembrance Day -- this Sunday, January 27

“So I was hiding out in the heap of dead bodies because in the last week when the crematoria didn’t function at all, the bodies were just building up higher and higher. So there I was at nighttime, in the daytime I was roaming around in the camp, and this is where I actually survived, January 27, I was one of the very first, Birkenau was one of the very first camps being liberated. This was my, my survival chance." -- Bart Stern (Holocaust survivor)

Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series: Jesse Manno Live

World music and diverse instruments inspire this Colorado artist.

Global Sound: Jesse Manno
Saturday, January 19, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Make Food, Not War

New for 2013: A special yearlong series of events, workshops and cooking demos centered on food culture, food politics, wellness and how to find the best, healthiest food to eat.

Eat healthy, learn about nutrient-dense foods and be knowledgeable about your food supply with our new series: This Is Not Food, It's War. One of our favorite chefs will put you on the path toward healthier eating in this premiere cooking demo. 

How to Shop for Groceries on a Dangerous Planet
Saturday, January 26, 1:30-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Staged Reading from I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Sunday, January 27

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Staged Readings by Our Youth
Sunday, January 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream

Marine Jahan as Jennifer Beals as Alexandra Owens in Flashdance

We're putting on our toe shoes -- for a film night at the Colorado Ballet

KNITTING EN POINTE: MOVIE AND KNITTING WORKSHOP HOSTED BY COLORADO BALLET

We’re excited about our renewed community partnership with the coolest cultural group in the neighborhood – Colorado Ballet! Together, we’ll be creating wonderful opportunities for you to learn about dance in the city and enjoy the best that the Denver performance scene has to offer. 

Madame Defarge: From French Revolution to Knitting Evolution

Film still of women knitting while watching the beheadings of the revolution.

Perhaps one of Dickens's most notorious and intense characters, Madame Defarge makes her knitting count.

Madame Therese Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) knits her vengeance into her knitting; and for good measure, she knits the names of the victims of the guillotine right into her knitting as well. This all happens while she watches the beheadings of the French Revolution.

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