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A Legend, an Owl, a Cup of Coffee, and Some Butterflies

Backstage Past

Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:

10:30 a.m. Strange Brew at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library: Learn to brew your best cup of coffee at home with both traditional and new brew methods. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Almost Midnight: Camp, Cult SciFi Classics

Michael York, Farrah Fawcett and Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run

Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. 

What is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.

Sing Out, Sister!

Peggy Lee recording a song, ca. 1945

Fresh City Life kicks off its Music Series for the fall with two amazing concerts. Entertainer and burlesque emcee Cora Vette hosts our first ever Pie Social. Then Marta Burton brings in a bevy of fantastic women singers for Wink!

First up, this Saturday, September 22:

Cora Vette's Pie Social: Come for the Pie, Stay for the Music!
Showtime 2 p.m.

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Grow Your Mind!

How do you want to grow your mind this week? By sharing your love of books with other readers? Learning about the Civil War? How about a cooking class? We have that and more with Fresh City Life My Branch.

Feed your mind AND your body by learning how to cook with all the wonderful bounty available at this time of year in Cooking from the Farmer's Market on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Monica Kadillak will inspire you with ideas for all those fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs that are plentiful at the farmer's market or in your own garden! Recipes and samples included.

When Did Humans First Enter the Americas?

Join Fresh City Life My Branch and Feed Your Mind with the question of when humans first came to the Americas on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has focused much of his research on this question, one of the most hotly debated topics in North American archaeology. After 130 years of scientists asking this question, we still do not have a definitive answer, although we are making progress in finding older and older human sites. Dr.

Fresh City Life stops for Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion -- Josie Quick and Tom Carleno. Photo by John Moore

Sometimes it is worth it to stop and enjoy something on your journey, rather than to always be in perpetual motion. This past Saturday we got to do both. Denver locals Josie Quick and Tom Carleno brought Perpetual Motion to Fresh City Life.

Right off, I'll tell you that, if you missed this wonderful concert, we will be bringing Perpetual Motion back for an encore in the new year. They are fantastic!

This sought-after duo blends acoustic world music into a bright fusion of sounds. Mixing international styles, Perpetual Motion moves effortlessly between the traditions of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, blues and rock. This eclectic approach to music informs their original compositions and cover tunes. 

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. 

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