APRIL 14, 2015
Butter-sculptures of local beauty princesses, impressionist quilting, homemade cakes from scratch.
Philip Berger discusses of the arts and crafts that he discovered at the Minnesota State fair. In "Arts and Crafts of the State Fair" from PKN Chicago Vol. 32 we learning that there is no clear definition of art and craft, and that the celebration of locally grown agriculture is truly a sight to see.
MARCH 24, 2015
Want to know what it's like to attend a PechaKucha Night in Chicago? A good place to start is this fantastic event report by Andreea Ciulac, following her attendance at the city's Vol. 33, held earlier this month.
There’s a moment in the beginning of a PechaKucha Night when you wonder if you mistakenly end up at the wrong show. It happens quite often actually, because for a first-timer, it looks a lot like a TED Talk. But comparing the two would be like explaining the differences between a red velvet cupcake and a cake pop. While equally delicious, they're nothing alike. On many levels though, PechaKucha (the Japanese word for “chatter”) steals the show.
Read the full report here.
MARCH 23, 2015
"Every Tuesday I get 10 cartoons together to send to the most demanding outlet that there is: The New Yorker."
Each week Ken Krimstein agonises over his drawing board in the quest to please the most gruelling editor in the history of publishing - the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine. In “Climbing Everest” from PKN Chicago Vol. 33, see how Ken draws parallels between his week and reaching the world’s tallest peak.
MARCH 18, 2015
“He sucked a sad poem right out of America, and onto film.”
Writer/Producer J.A. Ginsburg speaks about the iconic Photographer Mickey Pallas, and the magic of photography. In “Mickey Pallas - Photographer” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, she discusses Pallas’ photographic style, and the historic events he captured through his lens.
MARCH 02, 2015
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
“Where does nature end and building begin?”
Writer and architect Ed Keegan tells us just why Chicago architecture is so weird. In “Forever Weird, and Not So Clear” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, Ed delves into the history behind Chicago’s architectural oddities and ultimately concludes these unique spaces are a good thing.
JANUARY 27, 2015
Creativity is a place you and your child should go.
Sharon Exley presents the top 10 ways to nurture creativity, challenge, adventure, and more in children. In “Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32 she shows us that apples don't fall far from trees (via her own brave and artful explorer, Emma).
JANUARY 26, 2015
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NOVEMBER 04, 2014
“This is about the fuck-ups you make when you’re looking for work.” Be wary of brown m&ms.
Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference Mare Swallow does a lot of hiring.