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Nerd Nite #71 - How to Avoid Making Art While Still Being an Artist

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 9:02pm

While drawing in public, I have had countless conversations with random strangers about Art and being an artist, and mostly about how almost everybody thinks they aren’t one and can’t make any. I will endeavor to prove that everyone in the room was or is an artist, I will explain how my father’s desire for peace & quiet in restaurants defused my own Fear of the Blank Canvas, and I will answer the eternal question asked of every sidewalk artist: “But won’t you be sad when it rains?”

About David Zinn: David Zinn is a life-long A2 townie, an alumnus of the U-M Residential College, and a former freelance commercial artist who currently makes his living by drawing on sidewalks with chalk. He is as surprised by this as you are. Follow him on Twitter @davidzinn_art.

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Nerd Nite #72 - Exploring Nonconformity Through Graphic Novels

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 3:16pm

I used to think that comics were about stereotypical heroes who saved the day in spandex and capes. Then I discovered graphic novels, a more “niche” category of comic books that often defy traditional storytelling and explore unique perspectives: From quirky girls who hunt monsters at summer camp to badass lady-warriors who defend their castle with care and compassion, rather than with violence. I want to highlight some of these stories that rebel in their nonconformity, and how we can embody that in our everyday lives.

About Julie Cruz: Julie Cruz has lived in Ann Arbor for 8 years, but is a New Yorker at heart. Even though she has only visited twice. You may have seen her speeding past you on the street on her lime-green racing bike, flower-patterned leggings, and bright yellow backpack. She makes her living as a UX designer for a local startup, and does some writing on the side. Follow her on Twitter at @julieoncruise or check out her work at bit.ly/juliecruz.

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Nerd Nite #71 - The Science of Switch Feel

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 11:07am

Push buttons, knobs, touchscreens…Every day, we interact with hundreds of different switches around us, to do everything from prepare our coffee, type out our emails, turn ON the lights, drive our cars and everything in between. But have you ever paused to think about what goes into designing each of those micro-experiences? Have you thought about makes them all feel a certain way? How do you quantify and specify ‘feel’? Join me to learn about what makes our world click. 

About Sagar Kamat: Sagar is an Automotive engineer by the day, where he helps craft the next generation of automotive user interfaces, and an all-out nerd by night, susceptible to frequent trips down the black hole of the internet reading about the vaguest of topics. Currently going through a podcast phase, he finds it difficult to carry on a conversation without, at least once, saying ‘Have you heard this podcast…..”  You can read his blog at sagarkamat.com or find him on Twitter at @sagarkamat. 

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Laith Al-Saadi Shreds on a Commie High Cigar-box Guitar

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:59pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Community High School Mock Trial Team 2017

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:54pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Judith's Quilts

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:48pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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Spork Game

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 9:45pm

Deleted scene from the feature-length documentary Welcome to Commie High from 7 Cylinders Studio.

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AADL Storytime with Christopher - Stories about Food!

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:06am

Join Christopher for a storytime from his living room!

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AADL Storytime with Christopher - Elephant Stories!

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:05am

Join Christopher for a storytime from his living room!

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Welcome to Commie High - Why Commie High?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:01am

Deleted scene from Welcome to Commie High about Community High School's "Commie High" nickname featuring Rachel DeWoskin, Davy Rothbart, Malcolm Tulip, and Neda Ulaby.