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Roberts Street Social Centre

24 Hour Zine Challenge!

August 24th-25th, 2084 Creighton Street

It’s time for our annual 24 Hour Zine Challenge! Whether you’re an expert zinester or brand new to zine-making, we encourage you to join us for some fun events and to try to complete a zine within 24 hours. Zine making supplies and a photocopier will be available and no experience is necessary!

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Mycological Provisions Zine Launch

Friday August 9th at 7:00pm - Roberts Street Social Centre
Come celebrate the launch of Mycological Provisions - a zine put together by visiting artist in residence Chris Kennedy with some Fluxus inspired games, fungi knowledge and performative readings.

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Mushroom Hunt

Sunday, August 4th @ 2pm - Point Pleasant Park, Halifax

 

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Grand Re-Opening party, Tuesday July 16, 6-9pm

Grand Re-Opening party

Tuesday July 16, 6-9pm

Cake! Zines! BBQ! Fun times! Free pile!

2084 Creighton Street

 

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The Seaweed Social! Friday, July 19th, 7pm

Seaweed Social call for participation

Friday July 19th
7pm 

As the culmination of current resident Jesse Orr's stay at the Roberts Street Social Centre (on Creighton), we're hosting a seaweed-themed extravaganza!  Performances!  Zine launch! Wild food! Wild dance party! And we need your help.  

The Seaweed Social, happening on Friday, July 19th, 7pm, at the **new** RSSC (2084 Creighton St.) will include excerpts from Jesse's zine on wild seaweeds, plus wild food treats, and a wild cabaret--which is where you come in. 

Calling all musicians, poets, puppeteers, dancers, performance artists and wild folk of all varieties! Submit an act to our Wild Seaweed Cabaret on one of the following topics: 

-Seaweed
-Wild crafting
-Seafaring & Beach-combing
-The necessity of wildness
-Foraging (urban or otherwise)
-Other (submit your idea!)

Please email Jesse at jesse.orr@gmail.com to propose your piece. See you there!

July 2 – July 21: Jesse Orr (Montreal, QC)

Jesse is a puppeteer and linocut printmaker who will be expanding her skills to zine printing at the Roberts Street Residency. After learning about the wild seaweed harvest in Maine, Jesse hopes to connect to seaweed lovers in Halifax and share what she's learned via a zine and a seaweed-themed event. Please contact her via the the RSSC if you have wild seaweed knowledge about Halifax or environs!

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Rosie Toes Zine Launch & Photo Show!

The Roberts Street Social Centre, now located at 2084 Creighton Street, is hosting a photo show and zine launch for new and welcome resident Rosie Toes!

What:  Rosie Toes Zine Launch
When:  Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 7 PM

Where: 2084 Creighton Street

Rosie's zine combines hand processed and digital photos that document Harbour Water Fest, Halifax's DIY punk music fest. Photos follow the history of the fest over the past 4 years.

Sneak Peak: Photo of Life Chain from Harbour Water Fest 4!
 

 

Hope to see you there! :-)

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Rat Skool #7: Subject Lottery Presentations - Thursday March 21, 7:00 pm

Some great topics:

    • Black Holes
    • LSD
    • Why Dentristry is So Expensive
    • The Difference Between Mice & Rats

How does the subject lottery work? 

The subjects are decided by a completely random lottery, as are the people who are presenting on them. At each event we ask people to submit topic ideas.

We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session the following month.


Come on out to listen to some interesting presentations!

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Roberts Street Social Centre Residency Program: Call for Submissions!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Roberts Street Social Centre Residency Program

 

DEADLINE: Monday March 4, 2013

Since 2007 we have opened our arms and to special guests for the residency program. This year, residencies are two or three weeks long throughout the spring, summer and fall. Residents are provided with space, equipment and support for their project. We are interested in proposals for projects that embody the same sort of do-it-yourself spirit as the Social Centre, and that contribute in some way to the community and/or the space. We are seeking both local and out-of-town applicants.

To apply, please read over the Residency Information and submit the
Residency Application Form and your support materials to:
residency@robertsstreet.org

Residency Information and Application Forms are normally downloaded at:
http://www.robertsstreet.org/residency.

Questions? Please contact: residency@robertsstreet.org

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Rat Skool Subject Lottery Presentations! Tuesday, February 12th, 6:30pm

Rat Skool Subject Lottery Presentations!

At 5684 Roberts Street Social Centre
In the Crow’s Nest, just upstairs at Roberts Street!

These presentations look like they’re going to be fantastic! This Rat Skool presentations will be on:

  • The Tunnels Underneath Halifax
  • The White Rose Collective
  • History of Anarchist Squats in Canada
  • How to Make Homemade Penny Cannons

How does the subject lottery work? The subjects are decided by a completely random lottery, as are the people who are presenting on them. At each event we ask people to submit topic ideas.
We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session the following month.

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Roberts Street Rat Skool 5/ Subject Lottery Presentations - Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30pm

Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30pm

Come and watch presentations on:

  1. The Weather Underground
  2. Schizophrenia
  3. Two-Spirited
  4. How to Treat an Old Window For Winter
How does the subject lottery work? At each event we collect topics that you would like to see someone else present on. We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session.
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Drezzup Workshops

Darn it, stitch it, dream up, repair, rip it! Drezzup is a series of free workshops about how to make your own awesome clothes out of any material. Any skill level is welcome!

Come by to peruse the tickle trunk, have a cup of tea, and listen to some records - lets play dressup! Thread, needles, sewing machines, and extra fabrics provided.

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Rat Skool Subject Lottery Presentations!

 
 
How does the subject lottery work, you ask?
 
These subjects, and the people presenting them, have been selected using a random lottery. At each event we collect topics that you would like to see someone else present on. We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they (probably) know very little about! A few names are drawn, and a few topics are drawn. Those people then prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session! 
 
 
 Subjects are...
 
-Fruit Flies
-Inspiring Women Throughout History
-Life on Mars
-Ants
 
Check out this article in The Coast for more info!
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Rat Skool in The Coast!

"We're trying to break down the barriers of who is the expert, or the teacher, and who is the learner---the teacher is the learner at the same time," Larsen says. "So maybe the person presenting knows a bit about the topic, but someone in the audience knows another tidbit that's kind of related, which makes for a really spontaneous and interesting discussion... By taking education outside an institutional setting, we're hoping to de-professionalize and de-commodify it."

Read more...

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Rat Skool and Letter Writing!

 

 

Letter Writing Club! Monday, October 22nd, 2-4pm

Join resident Amy Leigh for an afternoon of catching up on correspondence. Don’t have anyone to write to? No problem! Some supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own. This is in conjunction with the #31postcards challenge. More info about that here

 

Roberts Street Rat Skool Subject Lottery & Presentations

Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30pm

Come and see presentations on the 2045 initiative, the moon, how to build your own still, and botulism!

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Residency Opportunity! Apply to be our Resident for October 3rd - 16th

We've had a cancellation from one of our residents, and so we're giving you the opportunity to apply for the October 3rd - 16th residency! Since 2007 we have hosted two week long residencies in the summer and fall. Residents are provided with space, equipment and support for their project as well as living space in a garden shed in the backyard of the Centre.  

We are interested in proposals for projects that embody the same sort of do-it-yourself spirit as the Social Centre, and that contribute in some way to the community and/or the space. Take a look at our website for examples of residents from past years.

To apply please send us your name and contact information, a brief description of the project you want to work on while you are here, and how you plan to share your work with others (an event, launch, workshop, show, etc. that you’d like to hold).

Applications should be sent to rsresidency@gmail.com by September 27th (next Thursday), and we will make our selection that weekend.

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Handstand Skillshare

Handstands Skillshare Saturday September 22nd, 3pm

Going upside-down makes everything look and feel different!  This introduction to handstanding will show you how to put your hands on the floor and get your feet up in the air safely and with as much help as you need from the wall and your friends.  We'll explore a variety of ways to get upside-down in a nonjudgemental atmosphere where everybody is right.  No experience necessary, and all ages and abilities are welcome.  Wear pants you can move in and a shift that won't fly up over your head when you go upside down.  Bring a yoga mat if you have one and come ready to play!

Run by current resident Megan Gendell who is writing a zine about attending circus school.

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Roberts Street Rat Skool #3 / Subject Lottery Presentations!

 

September 20, 2012 - 6:30pm

An evening of presentations on interesting topics! At the last Rat Skool we threw into the hat a collection of topics that we'd like to see someone else present on! We had 5 lucky names drawn from another hat to present on those topics! Our presenters are busy researching and preparing their tales, tricks, and tips to share with us.
 
The topics this month are Thunder & Lightning, The Moon, Menopause, Ants Farming Aphids, and Monsters!
 
How does the subject lottery work?

 

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Halifax Pop Explosion Zine Fair Registration is Open!

The Zine Fair is for many people the highlight of the Halifax Pop Explosion, and this year it's happening on Saturday, October 20th!

If you're interested in tabling, please complete the following information and email it to zineexplosion@gmail.com.

 

Your Name:
Zine/Lable/Press name:
Address:
Email:
 
Payment can be made on the day of the fair.
_ I want a half table for $15
_ I want a full table for $30
(Please take a smaller table unless you've got a ton of stuff. We
can't guarantee there will be enough full tables, but we'll let you
know before the event if that is the case.)
 
This is what I've got for sale:
(Please realize that due to limited space we are having to restrict
the content of the fair to focus on printed matter (zines, comics,
small press books, posters, etc) plus indie records. Please ask if you
are not sure if you stuff will fit in.)
 
I'm launching something new that you should tell people about:
 
I have an idea for a workshop or other event:
 
__ I can help with postering.
__ I can help with set up/clean up.

 

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Residents' Zine Launch - Thursday, August 30th, 5-7pm

Thursday, August 30th, 5-7pm 

Come and join our residents Marie-Pier April, Marie-Andrée Godin, and Audrée Demers-Roberge for tea and coffee to celebrate the launch of their new zine! 

Our residents have created a collaborative bilingual zine inspired by their experiences in Halifax (I think lobsters are involved somehow). They are founders of a self-managed publishing house in Quebec city that goes by the name C’est beau escabeau.

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Halifax Comic Jam!

The Halifax Comic Jam!

The last Tuesday of every month, 7pm.

August 28th, September 25th, October 30th.

It’s comic making time! Bring your pens and pencils, and create group comics with a bunch of artists. Blank paper and art fuel in the form of tea, coffee, and baked goods will be provided. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to work with each other to create amazing (and often bizarre) comic stories. $2 suggested donation goes towards keeping the zine library awesome.

You can check out this video, or join the Facebook group page or event page for more information.

 

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