Fear Experiment (FE) is a unique, fun way to create community, push oneself, learn something new, and laugh. A lot.
Strangers come together to learn an art-form they’re not particularly skilled at, rehearse for three months, and then are rockstars for a night, in front of 700+ at the Park West. They do this to challenge themselves, meet others, and have a consistent source of laughter and support! Photos from Fear Experiment Three
The art forms for FE5 (Fall 2013) are a capella and stepping. You apply for one art-form or the other.
APPLY: Want to apply to Fear Experiment 5? Sign up here to attend a mandatory info-session!
While I love Chicago the most, I have lived + spent significant time in may other cities, in many other countries. I’m a huge proponent of international travel. As such, I am teaching a Dabble class ($20) for Chicagoan’s on HOW to make make international travel (especially long periods of travel) a possibility and then of course how to prepare for it + then do it. Tonight’s class is sold out but I have a few spots in the June class.
I have put together a resource book list for my students but thought I would just share it here to help entice others to join in the fun of my class or just read. =)
These books have stayed on my bookshelf through 4 big moves (including 2 cross-country moves) so you can be sure that these are the BEST.
Chicago is the capital of the geek world, as far as we’re concerned. We have a vibrant and robust community full of great thinkers and dreamers. We have gaming shops and a million ways to get your geek on. We have our pick of conventions, expos and are home to a plethora of aspiring game designers and authors. Succinctly said, Chicago is truly home of the geek. Where better, then, to open a bar that caters to the geek? Where better to set down roots to start a geek empire? The beating heart of geek culture is strong and steadfast in Chicago and Geek Bar wants to be the pulse point of the geek community.
We’ve owned and operated businesses from game stores to food service to cafes. We understand what goes into day-to-day operations of what we’re trying to build. We have a classically trained chef who plays a battle chef in her live action roleplaying games. We have a geeky general manager who has started game nights in major chain restaurants. Everyone involved has a geek pedigree and we’re so excited to be able to put our experience to good work.
We’ve put answers to our more commonly asked questions on our FAQ page!
Gamers like to drink! And eat. And play games and watch their favorite shows. And Geek Bar is intended to be a place for us to do all that and more. Movie nights. Celebrity appearances. Tournaments. Live performances! Everything the cultured, refined and geek about town wants from their favorite spot.
Geek Bar needs you
Geek Bar needs to open, that’s been established. We need a location to do it and we’re working on that but if you’re affiliated with a property company and know of a good available space don’t hesitate to let us know. Geek Bar needs funding. Funding and connections. If you are or know of investors looking to invest in the future of geek culture in Chicago then we want to hear from you! We have outstanding financials in place to guarantee a return on your investment. Contact us via the methods above for the full pitch and spiel. We’re looking for investors as well as introductions to industry contacts. There is no such thing as too big a network so we’d love to talk to people involved in gaming, entertainment and media as well.
How you can help
We’re looking for Geektivists to spread the word about how Chicago needs Geek Bar. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks that share our vision. Geek Bar needs fans! Follow us on Twitter at @GeekBarChicago and tell your friends, neighbors and fellow adventurers that there’s a home being built for all their geeky needs. Add us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking below and thanks for visiting!
THEY NEED FUNDERS AND I NEED A GEEK BAR … SO … WHERE ARE MY GEEKS WITH INVESTMENT DOLLARS AT?
Brought to you by the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance
Who says the popular “3 R” philosophy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) can’t be followed when referring to a wedding? The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, a group of wedding vendors dedicated to sustainability and building green events, is excited to host a Wedding Recyclery for brides and vendors to recycle and sell wedding goods! Housed in the unique space, Loft on Lake, a venue focused on encouraging creativity all while supporting sustainability and green practices, the Wedding Recyclery will feature items from vendors & brides that are ready to be reused on someone else’s special day!
The Green Wedding Recyclery is a collection of wedding items from recently-wed couples and wedding vendors. Slightly used and vintage wedding items—from Mason jars, to vases, to dresses, to jewelry and more—will be available for brides, grooms and vendors to peruse and buy. This is a great opportunity to save money, reuse stuff and save the world (or at least create a little less waste!)
Chicago Green Wedding Alliance members will also be on hand to give tips about building a green wedding & how to create the wedding of your dreams while maintaining a dedication to sustainability. There will be a concession stand, a DJ & more wedding fun!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
Loft on Lake
1366 W. Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation to benefit the Resource Center
About Chicago Green Wedding Alliance:
Chicago Green Wedding Alliance encourages mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies and social events by connecting a community of environmentally and socially responsible vendors with the conscious consumer. Members are united in their effort to continually grow and inform their responsible business practices through the support of their like-minded peers. To learn more about the alliance, read helpful wedding tips and see our list of green vendor, visit http://www.GreenWeddingAlliance.com/.
Get to know your brew a little bit better! Homebrewing is a fun, creative and - of course - rewarding hobby that can be easier than you’d ever believe. Ale Syndicate, one of Chicago’s newest craft breweries, will be on hand to talk about the basics of brewing and to give you tips and techniques for making delicious beer right in your abode.
All participants must be 21 and over. Two classes (5p-6p and 6p-7p). Space is limited. First Come First Serve.
Making Beautiful Letters (Additional Cost)
Led by Matthew Hoffman, curator of the You Are Beautiful project, Will Miller of Firebelly Design and Erin Borreson of the STA & Freight, this workshop will guide participants through a collaborative typographic exploration of creating letterforms for the statement, You Are Beautiful. Participants will choose a letter to create with provided materials/found objects and inspiration. Feel free to bring found objects to share. The group will be encouraged to work together to think about the statement and typography in a different way.
Materials for this workshop will be provided. This workshop cost $30 (5p-7p)
Award winning singer/songwriter Rebecca Loebe is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Since quitting her job as a full-time recording studio engineer, she has performed an average of 150 shows per year in listening rooms, festivals and theaters in over 30 states of the US and in Europe. Last spring she took a break from the road to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with a performance of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native, Loebe now makes her home in Austin. She is touring nationally to support her 3rd full length release CIRCUS HEART, an album that mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop and has received rave reviews from all over the world.
Do you dream of traveling the world? Have you considered a gap year? A few weeks abroad? Do you fantasize about hitting the road but you don’t know how to make it a reality?
In this class I will help debunk the myths that most American’s are about world travel.
Identify what type of traveler you are, determine what your barriers might be and create an action plan to turn your dreams into a reality. We will work through budgeting, resources, addressing naysayers and safety and security.
The class is $20 and will be held at the Green Exchange.
Only 17 seats in this class.
I guarantee it will be highly informative and tons of fun!!
Bio: Shannon Downey is just a woman who decided that time, money and fear were not going to keep her from seeing the world. Collectively she has spent over 3 years of her life traveling around the world, spending time in 32 countries. She has no trust fund or sugar mama. She wants everyone to travel. Shannon has most recently led study abroad trips to Colombia for DePaul University.
Pivotal is looking for an EXCEPTIONAL, proactive, highly motivated, go-getter to intern with us. We are only looking for professional, savvy folks who have SUPER STRONG marketing skills, big ideas, and understand that social media marketing is not about knowing how to Facebook. Seriously. We are only looking for the best.
JOB DESCRIPTION The social media intern at Pivotal Production will play a critical role in all facets of what we do. You will NOT be running for coffee and filing. We are dead serious about treating you as a vital member of our team so that you get the most out of your experience. It will be challenging.
Responsibilities include the following:
Research! Lots of Research
Participation in Strategy Development
Assisting with workshops
Meeting with clients
And a million other things
A ridiculous passion for Marketing + New Media
Fast Learner but not afraid to ask questions
Killer Personality Required
An unparalleled learning + growth opportunity
Estimated weekly hours are 10-15 hours per week, unless you have more time than that!
Flexible schedule but you must work out of our office in Logan Square (2545 W Diversey Ave)
Start Date: Week of May 1 (minimum 3 month commitment)
To apply: Send cover letter and resume (as a single .pdf document) to shannon (at) pivotalchicago (dot) com. Tell us why you think you are right for this position and what you will bring to the table. Let us hear your passion + enthusiasm. Do NOT call. *Hint: follow the directions explicitly DEADLINE: April 12, 2013
Fountainhead just scored BIG TIME. My Favorite Chef, Cleetus Friedman just announced he is now the Executive Chef! WHISKEY + CLEETUS = PERFECTION.
Also, Cleetus is a finalist to replace Alpana Singh as the host of Check, Please! You get ONE vote. Cast it for him immediately please. Why you ask? Visit CleetusFriedman.com + you will understand.
It’s that time of year again! When all the typographic cool kids converge on the Co-prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport for the annual Typeforce Show.
TYPEFORCE 4 The 4th Annual Showcase of Typographic All-stars Opening Night: March 1, 2013
No cover for entry, merriment, and camaraderie! Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport
Featuring work from: Alex Moulitsas, Alexa Viscius & Drew Ryan, Anthony Lewellen Baozhen Li, Lucky Pierre (Bill Talsma, Michael Thomas, Mary Zerkel, Holly Abney, Travis Hale, Kevin Kaempf, Jeffrey Kowalkowski, Heather Lindahl, Tyler B. Myers), Blazo, Chris Branson & Jeremy Van Cleef, DePaul University Graphic Design Student Chapter (Chris Kalis, Samantha Rangel, Julia Simplicio), Drew Tyndell, Emily Haasch, Franchec Crespo & Adrianne Hawthorne, Greg Calvert, Jason Frohlichstein, Kelly Dorsey & Tricia Chamberlain, Kyle Louis Fletcher, CMYKittens (Laura Rafson, Maria Squeri, Erika Galvez and Liz Rosenberg), Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters (Lauren Schroer, RC Jones, Jeni Brendemuehl), Lou Medel, Renata Graw, Tanawat Sakdawisark, Todd King, Double Blind (Victor Fong, Stephen Lee, Simone Martin-Newberry, Aaron Maurer, Lou Medel, Margo Yoon)