Two i3 members selected as Real Best of Detroit

Real Detroit Weekly‘s annual Best of Detroit issue is out, and two i3 Detroit members are among those named — I’ll let the article speak for itself:

Best NOVELTY PERFORMANCE TROUPE – The Weird Sisters Circus

…”What Cheryl Willard, Irina Laura and Sarah Morgan do on those silken ropes is nothing less than a sublime balance of poetry and magic; three disciplined bodies amplifying the festive mood of a public event or three ethereal forms defying gravity before a rapt audience.”

The article doesn’t mention Cheryl’s recently-published book Feast Your Eyes, but it’s pretty cool too.

Best LOCAL ARTIST – Kristine Diven

“A renaissance talent worthy of a Renaissance City, Kristine Diven has managed to carve an admirable niche for herself since arriving in Detroit several years ago. An accomplished photographer, she reconciled the mirror images of time and beauty with her book Cathedrals of Decay.”…

It goes on to talk about the steampunk parties thrown at District VII.

So where would such artists go to practice, to brainstorm, and to broaden their talents? i3 Detroit, of course!

Also, a tip of the hat to “that other hackerspace” OmniCorp Detroit, who just got a cool writeup in the Metro Times. Cover story, even! Nice to see the media taking notice of all the cool stuff hackerspaces are doing…

No plans for the weekend? Fix that!

Friday at i3 Detroit: It’s the return of the infamous unusual musical instrument jam session! Does you own something that makes noise? Then bring it along, and play it! Things should be rolling by 8pm, see the original post for details.

Saturday at District VII: Travelers on the Fabric of Time, a steampunk ball at which some i3 creations will be featured. Also burlesque performances, an aerial act, music, and more. District VII has a fantastic space, and if you haven’t been down there for an event before, it’s worth checking out. It’s not too late to glue some gears on something! ;)

(Also, website hiccups continue as we work with our new webhost to iron out some server quirks. Bear with us.)

Tabletop Game Night, and Penguicon Dinner

Tonight at 6 PM, come out for board and card games, come out for the Penguicon dinner, or both! Choose from dozens of games. One which we will playtest is my new tile game that I made on the laser cutter, in which the players build an island and plant trees on it. At the same time, there will be a Penguicon dinner, in which we discuss plans for the upcoming convention of science fiction and open source software.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Featuring i3 Detroit

i3 Detroit is again lucky to be involved with the Detroit Urban Craft Fair for their 5th anniversary.  The event is this weekend at the Filmore in Downtown Detroit starting at 10a on Saturday (12/4) and 11a on Sunday (12/5).

Besides the many vendors selling unique and cool crafts, you will find i3 Detroit doing 2 Make N’ Takes for the fair.

Matt is doing a soft electronics project.  He is taking cowboy hats and outlining them in EL wire for that necessary accessory for your holiday party.  This is a hands on build and we will help you every step of the way.

Amy is doing a Scrabble tile jewelry project.  She will be taking everyday Scrabble tiles and crafting them in to unique jewelry for gifts or yourself.  This is a hands on build as well where she will guide you through the process.

Both projects have small fee but you get to take home your homemade craft.

i3 Detroit is also working on a top secret project that will be unveiled at the show.  Come check it out.  I promise, it will be worth it.

All Hands Active (our hackerspace friends to the West) will also be there with a cool soldering Make N’ Take.

Link to Lish Dorset (one of the organizers) on Fox 2 explaining the show: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/entertainment/holiday_guide/the-5th-annual-detroit-urban-craft-fair-20101202-mr

Tool Discs: The Ninjas of Linux (SEMCO Linux SIG)

Tuesday night at 6:45pm, join Mike and Michael and the rest of the SEMCO Linux SIG for a discussion of live Linux-based tool discs for a variety of purposes, including backup, system recovery, password management, forensics, anti-virus, and more.  Most of these discs are intended for use on both Linux and Windows systems. As Michael says, trying to fix Windows from within Windows is often like trying to do a valve job on an engine while it’s running–these discs allow users to “step outside” Windows to get under the hood. Specific CDs will be discussed and demonstrated.

The talk is open to all — SEMCO members, i3Detroit members, and neither!