Beginning this Monday (August 4), ideaLAB will offer its first ever adult event: a weekly Learn to Code Meetup! We encourage anyone, at any level, with an interest in programming to come hang out and work on projects. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, but our hope is that everyone will participate in problem solving challenges and group projects.
Zines are a great way to express yourself--you write/draw/collage/create whatever your heart desires, make copies, and distribute them wherever you want. They’re a part of a rich history of self-publication, from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to Sci-Fi fanzines to punk and feminist (and so much more!) zines that capture the DIY spirit. Long before blogs, zines were an excellent way to give voice to marginalized people and create communities--and they still are!
Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:
Being a father can be tough, but it can also be a lot of fun. All of the sudden you can build forts, spend hours playing with Legos, and run around the backyard screaming like a pirate without people shaking their heads in disgust. As Father's Day is upon us, here are some great books that will make fathers smile and help them up their game.
24 years ago, I spent a summer in front of my brand-new Atari XE (Dad was convinced the NES wouldn't be successful), playing Rescue on Fractalus!, an early LucasArts 8-bit game that made me scream so often that my mother asked me to stop playing it (it was really scary when I was 11). Games have been a part of my life ever since, and I'd always dreamed of making my own.
Luckily, the tools to actually make your own games become readily available to everyday Janes and Joes (or Janes and Joes Who Don't Want to Learn How to Code, at least). If you (or maybe someone you know who loves games, is home for the summer, and is just dying of boredom) are interested in making your own video games, there are lots of (FREE!) ways you can get started. These first options are great for lower-res, 2D games like platformers and puzzles, and are great options if you're just getting started:
Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.
If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.
The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.
In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.
There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.
Are you ready for some fun this week? We think so.
Tonight, we've got two films: No Country for Old Men at 6 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center. And for KnitFlix, we're showing an end of the school year special -- The Breakfast Club. This film starts at 5:30 p.m., Level 1 Fresh City Lounge.
On Thursday, Craftinatrix Trish Tilly turns a few materials and supplies into gorgeous, modern Pom Pom Flowers. We've saved a seat for Elvis and we're pretty sure he won't make it, so sign up and join Trish for this fun DIY.