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April 16, 2013

Finding the Art in Philly Tech Week

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Erica Minutella

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This year’s Philly Tech Week is less than a week away. Of course, if the closest you come to feeling like a tech wizard is when you walk into an Apple store wearing a blue shirt, then you probably haven’t bothered to scroll through the impressive (maybe even a little intimidating) lineup.
But even if you’re tech-terrified, there are a few arts-centric events you won’t want to miss. Find a few of our picks below:
Saturday, April 20, 6 – 9 pm at Drink Philly HQ, 239 Chestnut Street, Second Floor Unit B
Drink Philly Digital Arts Gallery: If you’ve been losing sleep over Drink Philly’s recent scaling down of their First Friday parties from monthly to quarterly occasions, console yourself with this Saturday reboot. While beer and snacks from Old Forge Brewing Co offer a throwback to traditional handcrafting, the digital arts exhibition will keep the night hopping forward. Be sure to check out work by InLiquid member Laura Krasnow while you’re there!
Monday, April 22, 5 – 10 pm at Hive76, 915 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 519
3D Printer/Openscad Modeling Class: From 3D pens to 3D curves a la Dita Von Teese, printing has become almost as fun and loveable as Gru’s 3D Minions. For any artist who’s been dying to play around with an extra dimension, Hive76 will teach you the basics in 3D modeling and printing.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 – 7:30 pm at Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut Street (upstairs)
Crowdfunding Happy Hour: Remember the days when a school bake sale was enough to fund your latest artistic experiment? Nowadays, you have to figure out how to convert the power of honey flavor into social networking gold. Philly-based crowdfunding organization Feed the Muse will show you how, with a happy hour at Milkboy to sweeten the deal.
Friday, April 26, 7 – 9 pm at James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street, Fourth Floor
The Art of Fashion and Technology: So maybe we haven’t quite reached the point where we need to start designing top hats for robots who want to display their Bender best, but fashion and tech have been teaming up for some other innovations in the meantime. Join with Fashion|Tech|PHL and #ArtsTechPhilly for a panel addressing local projects that give a nuclear boost to the fashion forward.
Saturday, April 27, 8 pm – 11:59 am at 3rd Ward, 1227 N. Fourth Street
Make & Toss: Light Graffiti and Cocktails at 3rd Ward: You’ll never know what it feels like to scatter fairy dust while on the run from pirates (and parents), but luckily technology is magic’s older (more-responsible-but-still-fun) brother. After making LED magnets through a workshop at 3rd Ward, you can run around Germantown Avenue and toss them on ferromagnetic surfaces. And you’ll have one extra thing the Lost Boys didn’t – beer.
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