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In Case Of Emergency, Eat This Book

I recently received Dr. Kessler's book, The End Of Overeating, in the mail. It was from my friend Mary, and included a sweet, heartfelt note that read, "In the event of an emergency, eat this book." Ahh, friends. So far, it's delicious.

Truthfully, Mary and I are both fighting a battle of the bulge. She is my cheerleader and I am hers. Last year, when Dr. Joel Fuhrman visited The Denver Public Library, I had the doctor sign a copy of his book Eat To Live for Mary and I mailed it to her for inspiration. 

Denver Public Library hosts Austin Piazzolla Quintet

APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet) was recently dubbed the Number-One-Not-To-Be-Missed group at the 2012 Houston International Festival. APQ has been stunning audiences in Austin and beyond since 2009. Featuring some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, APQ specializes in the intense and passionate compositions of the late Astor Piazzolla.

Nuevo Tango with APQ

Monday, April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Ellison Gallery, Level 7

Our Dancing Daughters: Hollywood's Zenith of the Jazz Era

Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters. Photo: Glamamor.com

A film considered the great apex of the silent film era, Our Dancing Daughters is a perfect time capsule of 1920s high society and a showcase for the young woman formerly known as Lucille Le Sueur -- Joan Crawford.

She rose to fame as the quintessential Jazz Baby -- a woman of social means and relaxed morals who was liberated of the corsets and sexual mores of the previous age. And Joan Crawford was embraced by American and international film fans as the ideal movie star. She remained a box office favorite until the late 1940s and never stopped being a star until her death in 1977.

Microfinance explained. Let's have a Kiki! (also, kiki explained)

Photo: The Art of Entertaining, Cinn. Ohio

Microfinance: A development approach which provides very small loans directly to poor individuals or families in poor areas so that they can start small businesses or expand their already-existing businesses. -- (From Routledge.com)

Kiki: A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. -- (From UrbanDictionary.com)

It's good to do good. It's good to meet new people, hang out and listen to music, and sample excellent local beers. It's a kiki when all of those things converge for one amazing night.

Micro Brews for Microfinance
Saturday, March 23, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Holocaust and Hope: Students Speak

Currently gracing the main display at the Central Library, these accordion books created by 7th and 8th graders at the Challenge School in Denver showcase the power of words combined with poignant imagery.

Holocaust Remembrance Art Exhibit
Friday, March 1 through Thursday, March 28
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

How do today’s middle-schoolers relate to the World Wars and the Holocaust? What can others learn from their reflections?

Madame Defarge University for Curious Knitters

FCL's Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon is designed to keep knitters and crocheters learning about their craft. March workshop features technique based knitting for professional finishing (and beginning). 

A Cast On of Thousands: All the Ways to Cast On and Bind Off
Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Denver Gay Men's Chorus Is Bringing Soul To a Free Concert

Poster for upcoming DGMC concerts

Fresh City Life and The Denver Public Library are proud to host this concert -- a part of our continuing partnership with The Denver Gay Men's Chorus.

Hope you can join us for this special (and free) event: The DGMC has put together a set of music that is both secular and spiritual. The choir will be led by their guest Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

Music Down In Our Souls: The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus

Saturday, March 2, 1-2 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

Unbounded: Denver's Brightest Voices In Two Upcoming Concerts

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.

Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.

Heart and Soul: 2013 Weekend Music Series

Musician Jayme Stone

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." -- Victor Hugo

Fresh City Life has been bringing Denver musicians together with their fans and supporters for two seasons. This third annual FCL Weekend Music Series is poised to be the biggest and most diverse schedule of free concerts in the city.

We're adding new concerts to our line-up each week and, just between you and I, our full list of concerts for the year is nearly complete and we'll be releasing the full season's schedule in a matter of weeks. Follow the schedule and attend a concert or two for general good vibrations.

"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue." -- Plato

She Was The First "It" Girl

"We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they're sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun." -- Clara Bow

She challenged even the relaxed mores of Hollywood. Born to a mentally ill mother who tainted much of her childhood, she came from poverty and abuse to remake herself into the eponymous IT girl; Clara Bow is the stuff of Hollywood legends.

See the original film this month at Denver Public Library, and you'll get "it."

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