Items tagged with Maker

WestportWRITES at the Maker Faire: R J Theodore on Getting Past Fear

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WestportWRITES welcomes author R J Theodore (Flotsam) for a talk about getting past fear as a writer and believing in creativity. Using her own writer’s journey as a starting point, Theodore will show you how to work past your self-imposed obstacles.

Flotsam, Theodore’s new book, is a fantastical steampunk first-contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to create a story you won’t soon forget.

R J Theodore is hellbent on keeping herself busy. Seriously folks, if she has two spare minutes to rub together at the end of the day, she invents a new project with which to occupy them. She enjoys design, illustration, video games (mostly spectating, for she is not as adept at them as she would prefer), reading, binging on media, napping with her cats, and cooking. She is passionate about art and coffee. R J Theodore lives in New England with her family. She co-hosts The Hybrid Author Podcast and writes non-fiction as Rekka Jay.
 

 

Large Reading Room
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Technology and Art with Visual Artist Rashaad Newsome

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents visual artist Rashaad Newsome for a talk exploring his use of technology—primarily video and sound technology—to create cutting edge contemporary art.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsomes’ work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005 he studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC).

He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria).  Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA), McNay Art Museum (TX), and The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 Greater New York at MoMAPS1 (NYC). His many honors and awards for his work include the 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award, the 2014 Headlands Center for the Arts Visiting Artist Residency, a 2011 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2010 Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant, and a 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant.

Westport Town Hall
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, in a discussion of the gene editing technology, CRISPR. Register online.

Scientists have long sought to unravel the hidden laws of nature and harness their knowledge to manipulate life. The 20th century witnessed the birth of molecular genetics—the field of biology focused on DNA and its role in heredity, genetic variation, and disease—and culminated in completion of the Human Genome Project, which decoded all 3 billion letters of the human genome. But until recently, the ability to go one step beyond reading DNA and rewrite DNA, directly in living organisms, remained elusive. Now, with a revolutionary technology called CRISPR that was discovered in a most unexpected way, we have entered a new era of precision genetic manipulation, in which diseases and cancers could be erased in patients, but so too could heritable genetic changes be engineered in human embryos. What will we choose to do with this awesome power?

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, runs a research laboratory at Columbia University, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 2007, graduating summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He earned graduate student fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, and was awarded the Scaringe Award from the RNA Society and the Harold Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Sam's doctoral research in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Dr. Jennifer Doudna focused on the mechanism of DNA targeting by RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR-Cas) and on the development of these systems for genome engineering applications. His work has been published in the journals Nature, Science, and Cell, and been covered in The New York Times, Science News, The Scientist, and various other news outlets.

Sam is an invited speaker internationally and remains actively involved in public discussions on the ethical issues surrounding genome editing. Together with Jennifer Doudna, Sam co-authored a popular science trade book about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR gene editing technology, which was published in June, 2017. Titled A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, their book received enthusiastic reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and many other outlets.

Westport Town Hall
Maker Movement
Maker, Science

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Cosmic Tremors—The Quest for Colliding Black Holes

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, in a talk about one of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe: black holes.

In February 2016, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaboration detected the collision of two black holes from the tremor they generated in space time, making black holes real and proving that Einstein was right yet again! In her talk, Dr. Natarajan will trace the history of the idea of black holes and will present our evolving understanding of how they form and grow.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan is a Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe exploiting the bending of light en-route to us from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter.

In addition to her academic position at Yale, she also currently holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship of the Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been recently elected to an Honorary Professorship for life at the University of Delhi, India.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year (2010 - 2011), during which she was also a JILA Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a visiting professor at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She was enrolled as a graduate student in the Spring (2011) at the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. She was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy during May-June 2011. In 2008-2009, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and held the Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellowship.
 

Westport Town Hall
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Putting the Science in Science Fiction with Novelist Jeremy K. Brown

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents novelist Jeremy K. Brown for a talk exploring the ways science fiction writers research the science behind the stories, and how they imagine the future of science and technology.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Jeremy K. Brown has authored several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers, including special issues for TV Guide and the Discovery Channel, and recently edited a collector’s issue on Pink Floyd for Newsweek. He worked for 10 years for WWE, serving as Deputy Editor of WWE Magazine and as a member of the company’s television writing staff. Jeremy published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and co-authored the bestselling novel Ocean of Storms with Christopher Mari. His new novel, Zero Limit, was released this spring. 
 

Large Reading Room
Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

Dagorhir Battle Game Workshop with Makers-in Residence Myrmidon Battle Gamers

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Join Makers-in-Residence Myrmidon Battle Gamers to build your own LARP foam sword. Dagorhir is fast-paced full-contact medieval style combat with padded weapons. Myrmidon, the Connecticut chapter of Dagorhir Battle Games Association, will be staging melees in Veterans Park during the 2018 Westport Maker Faire on April 21.
Ages 13 – Adult
Free; limited enrollment. Registration required.

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Maker
Maker Kids

"Out with the Old" Take-It-Apart Workshop

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Back by popular demand! Take apart the MakerSpace's old or broken electronics and see how they work. Join inventor Mike Altis to explore the insides of machines, learn about tools and possibly create your own machine. 
Ages 10 through adult
Free; just drop in.

 

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
Maker

Family Maker Sunday

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fireflyJoin in the making of a colorful "Firefly Balls" to take home. Drop in anytime. Great for all ages.

For more information, contact Margaret Pastel
(mpastel [at] westportlibrary [dot] org).

Program Room
Maker Movement, Family
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Encounter Comics!

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN WESTPORT

Join us at the Westport Barnes & Noble for a day of comic books and creation.

Meet Eisner Award-winner Franco and Eisner-nominated artist Sara Richard and check out their new book, The Ghost, The Owl

Our MakerSpace will also be on hand for Family Maker Sunday focused on making your own comics. We'll use Lego Story Starter software to combine Legos building with comics writing to create cool digital comics! 

And as a special treat, swing by early to pick up free comic books from DC, Marvel, and others! (While supplies last.) 

Special thanks to the always amazing Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY, for their support in this awesome event! 

Location & partner: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

Franco has filled his life with all things art related! He has also worked on critically acclaimed series like SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, SUPER POWERS and the New York Times bestseller, multi Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS for DC Comics! He is the proud owner of AW YEAH COMICS publishing and retail stores featuring ACTION CAT and ADVENTURE BUGAuthor, illustrator of the popular DINO-MIKE chapter book series! Franco has worked for DARK HORSE COMICS, ARCHIE COMICS, IDW, ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT, CARTOON NETWORK as well as others.

 

 

 

Credits of Sara Ricahrd's past work are the kid’s book from Yen Press, “Kitty and Dino” which was nominated for a 2013 Eisner Award (Best Publication for Young Readers). She has been steadily working on variant covers for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic series from IDW. She has also contributed interior art to a couple Pony tales. Other work from IDW includes covers for Jem and The Holograms and an interior story for Ghostbusters. She is the illustrator of the DC Collectables’ Justice League Tarot Card Set and has done variant covers for Marvel’s Deadpool, Dynamite’s Bob’s Burgers and Oni Press’ Rick and Morty

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Maker Movement
All ages

Drones: A High-Flying Hobby

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Maker Space Coach Rick Eason, a freestyle drone enthusiast, will share his process of building quadcopters and give an introductory overview of this exciting hobby. All ages. Free; drop in program. 

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids