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Johnny Guitar: 10 Reasons to See This Film

Joan Crawford at the climax of Johnny Guitar

McCarthy-era symbolism, great landscapes, amazing TruColor costumes and sets, Joan Crawford's eyebrows -- this movie has something for everybody.

I saw Johnny Guitar about ten years ago and I liked it just fine then. Now it is one of my favorite films of the 1950s. Here's why:

10. Joan Crawford in a Western! WWJD -- What would Joan do? What wouldn't she do?

9. The landscapes, filmed in TruColor, are spectacular and somehow just a bit alien.

8. Johnny Guitar makes a great case against the blacklisting and witch hunts of the McCarthy Era.

Cooking, Anyone?

Grilling

Are you ready for your weekend barbeque? Or do you need recipes for your next dinner party?

Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you, whether you're grilling, hosting a party, or just cooking for yourself!

Fresh City Life My Branch--We've Got Tech!

The Library's amazing Community Technology Center has a wide range of technology classes at the Central Library, everything from computer basics to job search skills, but did you know that Fresh City Life My Branch also offers technology classes with friendly folks from the CTC or with your neighborhood librarian?

From one-on-one help to current tech topics, check out the technology classes available at a branch near you!

Tech Open Houses are designed for you to bring in your gadgets (laptop, tablet, eReader) and get one-on-one help with your questions--especially ones about downloading eBooks!

Every Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon at Ross-University Hills

Camping with the Stars: Joan Crawford's First Time at the Rodeo

Joan Crawford

Crawford puts down the wire hanger and picks up her six shooters in the Western film that has become a cult and auteur classic.

Toward the end of her life, Joan Crawford was asked to comment on the 1954 film Johnny Guitar. She answered that she thought she was wrong for the part and she wished she hadn't made the film. I'm glad she did -- and so are a lot of fans of Crawford and the Western genre. 

Looking Ahead--Schedule for September & October Now Available!

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Fresh City Life My Branch September & October adult cultural programs schedule is now online and will soon be available in your branch! Get these great events onto your calendar NOW--you don't want to miss our Haunted Happenings or finding your soul mate!

Some Fresh City Life My Branch programs require registration, and they can fill up quickly. Take a look, and register now if you're interested! To register, call the branch where the program is happening, or email: fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org with your name and phone number. These programs are all for adults.

At Smiley, 720-865-0260:

Go West, Judy, Go West!

At the height of her musical powers, Judy Garland brings a Broadway sensibility to the Wild, Wild West in The Harvey Girls.

The Harvey Girls is a Hollywood original, but it feels like a Broadway musical brought to the big screen.

Be Social! Grill It! Sniff It!

What does your weekend look like? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the picture to make it look fun!

Events on Saturday, August 25:

Social Networking 101, 10 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. What's all the hype about Facebook? Do you want to know what tweeting is? Learn what a social network is, why people do and don't use them, check out the latest examples, and learn how to get started if you want to!

Do you erhu what I erhu?

The erhu is a two-stringed, bowed musical instrument, also called a spike fiddle. Erhoopla Variety Show makes amazing music with this rare instrument. Pop, jazz, American songbook and traditional Chinese -- all get their turn with Erhoopla.

Referred to as the "Chinese violin" or the "Chinese two-stringed fiddle," Western musicians have co-opted the erhu for their music because of its unique, often melancholy sound. Two of our favorite musicians Brian Mullins and Mike Fitzmaurice play the Chinese erhu along with a variety of other Chinese instruments. This lively duo call themselves Erhoopla Variety Show and are back, by popular demand, for an encore performance at the Denver Public Library.

Bring Fresh To Your City Life This Week

Whether it's a seeing a classic film, learning a fibers technique or enjoying a fantastic concert -- Fresh City Life has a little something for everyone this week. 

Tonight is our ongoing celebration for the Denver Public Library's Film Series 10th Anniversary. In the second installment of our Westward the Women collection, we'll be showing Destry Rides Again, a film that marked Marlene Dietrich's Triumpahnt return to the screen after several near career-ending films. The series continues for two more weeks: next films up are The Harvey Girls and Johnny Guitar (with Joan Crawford as the head cowgirl!) Showtime 6p in the B2 Conference Center.

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Community, Jewelry Making, and Remembering to Geek Out!

Moonwalking with Einstein

Whether it's making recycled jewelry, connecting with your community, or geeking out with the Geeks Who Read, Fresh City Life My Branch wants YOU this week!

Start off with some fun Soda Can Jewelry that's easy to make! Join us at Smiley on Wednesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. and learn how to fashion a pair of earrings or a pendant using an aluminum can! Please register: 720-865-0260 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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