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Makers Digest 11/26/18

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 26

DREAM it IRL at LevelUP Makerspace - 5:00 PM
DREAM it IRL with other teens at LevelUP (DRop Everything And Make it In Real Life) while discovering new ways of being creative. This free drop-in program requires daily sign in but usually does not require pre-registration. The DREAM pop-up is for teen artists, scientists, engineers, thinkers, and creators of all ages and methods, whether you have discovered your dream or not! More

Tuesday, November 27

Dry Air Clay Class (Ages 7-10) - 4:00 PM
In this class, we will learn basic hand-building skills utilizing air-dry clay. We will learn both coil building and slab rolling to build dimensionally. Over the course of the several weeks we will discuss the methods of making with clay and work to create sculptures. On the first day we will sketch several creatures and in the following weeks, we will work to construct them in clay. Once they dry, the pieces will be painted and finalized. The course aims to reveal basic methods in clay and allow the students to use their imaginations to build their own fantastic creatures. Cost: $170 More

Chi Hack Night - 6:00 PM
The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good. Join us every Tuesday from 6-9:30pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome! RSVP is now required. Walk-ins will unfortunately not be allowed. More

Drop-in Ceramics/ Wheel - 6:30 PM
Every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm you can join us to learn wheel throwing basics. Get centered with this meditative artform. Ages 16 and up. No sign up required. $35 per person can be paid onsite and includes instruction, 3 lbs of clay, glaze and firing. More

PS1 Hackerspace Open House - 7:00 PM
Open to the public! Come see what Pumping Station One is all about. Bring your questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity. We give a tour of the space after the member meeting, stick arond for 300 Seconds of Fame, our open-mic night for presentations. More

Wednesday, November 28

Artmaking Studio Day Every Wednesday: Make & Meet at AnySquared - 3:00 PM
FREE Artmaking Session EVERY WEDNESDAY Drop in hours begin at 3pm until 10pm Supporting Artists for 7 years. Stop in. Make Art. Meet People. Brainstorm Projects. Plot Liberation. Be Social or Stay Focused. Supplies Available. We have plenty of basic supplies to share, but you are welcome to bring your own and make, share ideas, discuss possible collaborations. AnySquared also discusses upcoming art projects during studio day. More

Chicago Women Developers Hack Night - 6:00 PM
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you're just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there's a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop! You don't have to be working on any project or learning anything new to come to Hack Night, it's a great space to just hang out with other women who code. More

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago Weekly Meeting - 7:00 PM
Wednesday night meetings are an open house, a brief meeting about hackerspace business, and a general time to meet and chat with members and non-members who felt like dropping by. It's also a pretty good time for members to get certified on equipment. More

Thursday, November 29

Figure Drawing: The Figure and The Ground - 5:30 PM
Join the Smart Museum of Art and the student organization UChicago Outside the Lines for an in-gallery figure drawing session with live models. The workshop is inspired by figurative works by Sylvia Sleigh and Paul Delvaux on view in 'Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground'. FREE, all materials provided. Open to all skill levels More

Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America - 6:00 PM
Home of familiar beacons of the skyline like the Board of Trade and Palmolive Buildings, as well as companies making iconic products like the Sunbeam toaster and Schwinn bicycle, Chicago was a national and international leader in the design that came to be known as Art Deco. In this Meet the Author event, Robert Bruegmann, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss his new book Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Meant as a companion volume to the Chicago History Museum's exhibition Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America, Dr Bruegmann's book includes 5 essays by distinguished scholars offering new interpretations of twentieth-century modernism and the Art Deco Era, as well as 101 iconic Art Deco designs with scholarly commentary, and 300 images, including vintage illustrations and historic and commissioned photographs. More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 - 7:00 PM
Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Come build something with us! More

Mokena SpaceLab Public Hack Night - 7:00 PM
A night for the public to come in and work on projects, talk to members, and hang out. We may be working on our Maker Faire, or fixing a 3D printer, or souping up a racing car. Who knows! Come on out and meet us. No skills or prior knowledge required. More

Special Tour: The Conservation Center - 5:30 p
This very special tour with CEO Heather Becker, offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes experience of the country’s largest, private art conservation laboratory. Guests engage with conservators and learn about the latest conservation techniques in each discipline. Conservators will introduce their current work on a Chinese ceramic from the Glessner House collection and share insights on the conservation, preservation, and care of the piece. Pre-paid reservations required, group size strictly limited. $30 per person. More

Friday, November 30

DMen Tap Coaster Decorating Party - 3:00 PM
DMen Tap is has a little coaster decorating party every Friday afternoon. Get inspired and be artistic so our customers have something fun to look at when they set their drinks down. More

Playtest Party: Community Game-Playing Event - 7:00 PM
fter 4 super fun playtest nights in the past, we're teaming up with The Nerdologues once again to bring you the 5th Playtest Party. Like previous years, this will still be a great night of mid-stage game testing in our bar and lounge, but this time around, C2E2 will be awarding a shared booth space in their 2019 expo to the winning participant of a juried competition. For game play-testers: If you enjoy playing games and supporting independent creators, we'd love for you to be here. Play games, win prizes, enjoy drink specials, and chat with local table-top and video game makers. More

Saturday, December 1

Keep Moving: Shifting Gears Exhibit at ChiDM - 12:00 PM
Keep Moving: Shifting Gears is a celebration of bikes and design, check out the exhibit on Level 3 of Block 37 at the Chicago Design Museum. In conjunction with Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture on view at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph), stories of innovation, freedom, class, gender, manufacturing, and history will encourage visitors to think about how design can make the world a better place. The museum shop at Keep Moving: Shifting Gears will feature Chain Reaction, a family of prints by international artists celebrating the culture and history of bicycles. Curated by Colossal in partnership with the museum, all print editions will be available for purchase, with 10% of each sale benefiting Blackstone Bicycle Works. The Keep Moving: Shifting Gears exhibit is open November 17–December 21, 2018: Tues–Sat 12–7pm and January 8–February 8, 2019: Tues–Fri 12–6pm. More

Quilt + Resist Gallery Talk with Dorothy Straughter - 2:00 PM
Please join us for a Gallery Talk with artist, Dorothy Straughter whose work is part of the group exhibition, ‘Quilt + Resist: Art, Politics, Storytelling’ juried by Marcia Grubb and Adelia Moore and on display from November 9 to December 1, 2018. An Occupational Therapist with a master’s degree in biology, Dorothy Straughter’s introduction to quilting by a friend in 2014 resulted in a historical journey that is woven through her numerous works which include the Underground Railroad, Great Migration, and American History Quilts© (Negrobilia). All of her quilts have fronts and backs fashioned and assembled in painstaking detail. More

Sunday, December 2

LIOE Design Chicago Pop-Up SHOP at Renegage Craft Fair - 11:00 AM
We're heading to Chicago for the first time! We'll be sharing our complete product line along with our new products the Delta 7 EDC Multi-Tool and D-Tie Bar. We'll be part of the Renegade Craft Fair - the event will be hosting many local vendors, artisans, designers, and creatives. The location is Bridgeport Art Center: 1200 W 35th St Chicago IL 60609 December 1 + 2 from 11am-5pm More

Open Eyes // Deep Woods [Closing Brunch] - 11:00 AM
The Yards invites all to join us on the final day of ""Open Eyes // Deep Woods,"" an exhibition that displays the work of Brick Cassidy, Kat Gu, Rohan Khanna, Charlie Kolber, Will Krauland, Adrian Lo, and Carolina Velez Muñiz. Please join us for the closing reception, which will be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 11am until 4pm. Mimosas and free food will be served; we invite all to come, experience the work, and have brunch! New pieces will be shown and the basement will culminate into a drastically different experience during the daylight. ""Open Eyes // Deep Woods"" aims to explore indeterminacies of perception by examining adaptation and response to ever-changing yet omnipresent stimuli. This exhibition, comprised of pieces ranging from the playful to the solemnly poetic, functions not only as a showcase of artistic aptitude but also as a sensory and psychological experience - akin, perhaps, to finding yourself lost in deep woods. Those who have already attended the opening know that the work is uniquely light-activated; this closing reception, held during the day, will differ drastically from the opening. We encourage our viewers to attend the closing brunch in order to fully experience the unique potentiality of the work. More


Curated by: Ray Doeksen

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