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Makers Digest 01/09/19

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 9

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

Sidebar: Faheem Majeed and Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor - 6:00 PM
Artist Faheem Majeed and community-based researcher Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor present their work, dialogue about their collaborative experiences and think through strategies for impactful modes of collaboration. reception 6 - 6:30 program 6:30 - 8 Free and open to the public 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

Letter Your New Year’s Resolution with the Chicago Lettering Club - 7:00 PM
Did you aim to be more creative last year but fell short? Do you aim to change that in 2019? Or maybe you want to connect with other creatives and get to know other letterers? Come to the first drink and draw meetup and accomplish both (and so early in the year too!). Let’s make 2019 the best and most creative year yet by lettering our resolutions and goals for the year! And what better way to remember them and be accountable!? Or just come letter anything you’d like: any text, analog or digital, welcome! Let’s start the year out right and drink and draw together! More

Thursday, January 10

Adult Mask Making Classes - 6:30 AM
Art Side Out Studio & MASK SHOP since 1986 has been making masks and mask makers in Chicago. I offer Thursday night adult, BYOB mask making classes at three levels, Beginning ~ Intermediate & Advanced. most Thursday nights. The first two levels are two hour classes offered in a three hour time slot, for you to use as you like. Tuition $200 for 8 weeks... The third level is for those who have taken the first two classes, know the way the studio works, and have personal projects to do. Tuition $30/night. More

Chicago Reader Freelancer Open House - 6:00 PM
Meet and mingle with Chicago Reader staff and freelancers as editors provide an overview of our pitch guidelines and freelancer opportunities. This event is free to attend and open to current and prospective writers, photographers, comics reporters and artists, and illustrators. Women, nonbinary folks, and people of color encouraged to attend. The Reader is an equal opportunity employer. More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 - 6:30 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

Friday, January 11

Improvisatory Music Workshop - 12:00 PM
Ishmael Ali & David Fletcher host a weekly session focusing on various improvisatory concepts including parameter based improvistion, polyrhythm, set theory, and works by Anthony Braxton, Yusef Lateef, and others. Open to all instruments. More

Art, Incarceration, and Teaching in Prisons - 1:45 PM
On Friday, January 11, 2019, the DePaul Humanities Center will host a workshop with DePaul Humanities Center Visiting Fellow Melissa Lorraine devoted to questions of art, mass incarceration, and teaching in prisons. The goal of the workshop is to think together about questions related to teaching--and especially the role of teaching and the arts--in prisons, with the four facilitators initiating group discussion rather than presenting formal lectures. Please let me know if you are interested. We have limited seating in the conference room and may not be able to accommodate everyone. We will take names as they come and let you all know who we can comfortably host More

Saturday, January 12

Family Day: Magic Carpet - 11:00 AM
** This event is free.** Adventure through time and space or just cozy up with a book. Story Time with Drag Queens reads picture book favorites from the MCA store. Weave emotional armor and build a fabric castle with Katie Vota. Transform a clay and carpet family scene with Liz McCarthy. Create a family collage with Zakkiyyah Najeebah. Discover new works on show with the Coyote Scavenger Hunt. and more! Family Days are free monthly programs for kids and their grownups where Chicago artists transform the museum. Enjoy free admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances, all designed and led by Chicago artists. Family Days are the second Saturday of every month through the spring, from 11 am–3 pm. More

Live Storytelling: Everyone's a Designer/Everyone's Design - 1:30 PM
Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design is a free traveling museum exhibition that explores and celebrates everyday Chicagoans’ influence on art and design in the city. We want YOU to contribute to the exhibition! Bring an object and its story from your home to the Chicago Cultural Center at this live storytelling event and meet the people who’ve shared their objects and stories from the Calumet Park, Indian Boundary Line Park, Austin Town Hall, and Tuley Park communities. The object can be anything that reflects how you turned your home into a space that reflects your own history, culture, and community. Your object and and your story will be added to the exhibition during its time at the Cultural Center. More

Know Your Pollinators Class with Bike a Bee - 2:00 PM
What do squash, melons, almonds, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, and honey have in common? For one thing, none of them would exist without the hard work of pollinators! It is estimated that pollinators help to produce one of every three bites of food that humans consume. That makes them incredibly important for food security and ecosystem sustainability. Bees, one of our most prolific pollinators, are in danger. Come learn why and discuss what you can do to help, right here in Chicago! Join Brittany Buckles, trained Entomologist and Education & Outreach Coordinator with Bike a Bee, for this hour-long class consisting of an educational presentation and discussion activities all about pollinators! You'll also be able to view honey bees up close in Plant Chicago's classroom observation hive. More

Sunday, January 13

Cars & Coffee Winter Mornings - 8:00 AM
It’s turning chilly and the summer cars are being stored away. Does that really need to mean the car shows will end? We see no reason for that. Afterall, we have a heated garage! So, during the winter season, we invite you to bring whatever car you drive in the cold to enjoy Cars & Coffee Winter Mornings presented by Gearhead Workspace. Gather with friends and fellow gearheads to discuss why you love your winter vehicle or what you miss most about summer. 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month until Spring. More

Japanese Calligraphy (書道 - Shodo) - 1:00 PM
The Japanese Culture Center is excited to announce a brand new 書道 - Shodo / Japanese Calligraphy program with Chicago's own Shodo master, Hekiun Oda! $120.00 per month (4 classes each month) +$100 one time fee for tools and supplies if needed Dues are paid monthly for 4 classes held in that month. We cannot refund, or change the 4 week class scheduling, for individual classes missed. *Enrollment is EXTREMELY limited so please register with the office ASAP More

Letter Like a Pro: Beginning Hand-Lettering Workshop! - 1:30 PM
Learn lettering to add to your professional skill-set and be the envy of all of your friends! Have you ever seen all of those amazing lettering pieces and wondered, “How do they do that? I want to learn too!” Well, now you can! This workshop is big on the skills, but small on the wallet! This amazing opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance to dip your feet into lettering without a big investment More

Curated by: Ray Doeksen

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