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Westword Music Showcase Saturday June 18th!

Westword Music Showcase

Denver's biggest one-day music festival is happening this weekend in and around the Golden Triangle neighborhood!

In my mind, the Westword Music Showcase kicks off summer and the season for outdoor music events. This year it will feature over 100 local bands playing in various venues including Bar Standard (1037 Broadway), City Hall (1144 Broadway) and Curious Theater (1080 Acoma). In addition, there is the Main Stage located at 12th and Acoma that will house the exciting national acts slated to perform. Chromeo, Yo La Tengo (I can't wait to see them!), The Sword and Del the Funky Homosapien are just a few of the bands that will play to the over 10,000 people expected to attend.

The Year of the Stag

 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

stag/stag/

Adverb: Without a partner at a social gathering: "a lot of boys went stag."

stag·nant/ˈstagnənt/

Go Granny Go: Crocheted squares are hip again

Granny Squares are a crocheter's passport to 1970s boho-chic!

It turns out that making granny squares can be a little addictive. They're fast and fun to crochet -- so the squares start to pile up quickly. There are endless color and yarn weight combinations -- so they can be simple or complex, and can incorporate easy or challenging color combinations. And crocheting is very portable -- so it's easy to throw a project in a bag and head out the door.

The Play's the Thing

FCL Event

Cheaper, faster, more fun than Shakespeare!

In March of this year, stage director and producer, Brenda Cook Ritenour, launched OFF THE SHELF, a play-reading series designed to breathe life into plays that are produced rarely, if ever, in Denver. This month, Ritenour teams up with ArtSkool, (Fresh City Life's newest community event centered on the visual and performing arts of Denver) to bring you two exciting events!

Our Country's Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.

Fresh City Living: Food & Fun

Denver's favorite hostes Vivienne Vavoom

 Good fun for singles or doubles this weekend!

Smart singles will be heading down to MadWine & Novo Coffee tonight for our singles night: STAG. This social club is guided by Denver's enchanting author, burlesque artist and hostess -- Vivienne VaVoom. STAG offers Denver singles a chance to connect with other interesting people in a relaxed setting. Vivienne always brings a little magic to each gathering and tonight will be no exception. One drink minimum please. Time and info.

Wandering Jews: Traditional Sephardic Cooking

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Our favorite chef brings home great Jewish foods from the Iberian Peninsula

KitchenCue's Chef Shellie Kark is presenting a selection of Jewish regional cuisines and recipes in the month of May. Past weeks have included Eastern European and New York specialties. 

This Sunday 5/15 at 1:30 p.m., Chef Kark will explore the cuisine of the Sephardic Jews -- the foods that sprang from the region of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

Art Is Primordial and For Everyone

 ArtSkool debuts with a workshop that highlights one of the first art mediums: Mud!

pri·mor·di·al,  adjective

1. Existing at or from the beginning of time, primeval -- the primordial oceans

2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental -- the primordial needs of the masses

While it's unlikely that the first sea creature to give land a try looked back at its tracks and noted the artistic pattern they made in the mud -- clay was and remains one of our primordial materials for making art.

Laws of Physics and Fashion: Yo-Yos Do Come Back

Sample of a classic yo-yo quilt.

 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." -- Yves Saint Laurent

 

 Yo-yo quilting is a humble craft -- developed by creative Depression-era homemakers to use up bits of fabric for practical objects -- usually quilts and coverlets. (The top photo is a good example of this kind of quilting.) The product is homey, sensible and, in the right hands, can have a wonderful sense of design and movement.

 

M is for the Million Things She Gave Me

Still from The Donna Reed Show

“There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom.” -- Sue Berkman

 

This Sunday, we're throwing a little party in honor of Moms everywhere. We hope that you can come -- and bring your Mom!

First, Chef Shellie Kark is going to take us on a tour of New York Jewish Deli cuisine, with her demo and sampling of traditional knishes. YUMMM.

But that's not enough! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have chipped in so that we can serve a sweet deli finish -- like rich cheesecake. And we just might have a surprise or two for our Mom's.

Where Denver’s Scandals are Buried

Call Number: X-21986 From Western History and Genealogy Collection

The Victorians were not as prudish as some believe. Sex, bribery, and other crimes of early Denver were taken to the grave in Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteer Tom Morton on Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Some books about Denver's scandalous history include:

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