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Roberts Street Social Centre

Fan Club Week! Show your love for Roberts Street

Roberts Street needs contributions from our fans to help us pay for rent and power, buy glue sticks, buy zines, and basically keep our doors open and continue to offer rad programming and resources in 2012. We invite you to join our Fan Club by making a donation to the Centre. Attached is a sponsorship form with information about making a donation or becoming a sustaining member. If you would like to make a donation as a gift for the holidays, we will send a token of our appreciation [surprise!] along with a “donation has been made on your behalf” card to the lucky recipient.

We'll even come to you and pick up the donation if you live in Halifax and make a donation during our Fan Club Week, December 5-11.

Take a look at the flyer.  

Ink Storm Holiday Events

1) Ink Storm and Anchor Archive at the Crafters’ Fair, Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4th, 11am-6pm
Come check out our table at the Halifax Crafters’ Fair! We'll have screen printed posters, cards, t-shirts, and patches for sale and lots of zines!

Happening at the Olympic Centre, 2304 Hunter Street. Free Admission!

2) Laing House Craft Fair, Saturday, December 3rd, 2-5pm, 1225 Barrington Street
Ink Storm has been doing special workshops with youth, including Laing House (www.lainghouse.org), a peer support organization for youth with mental illness where members can embrace their unique gifts and find their way in a caring and supportive environment.

The Laing House Annual Tree Trimming & Craft Fair (1225 Barrington Street) features house members and community partners selling their own craft goods – some of which were made at the Roberts Street Social Centre!

3) Ink Storm Holiday Card Making Workshop, Saturday, December 10th, 12:30-4:30pm
In this workshop you will learn to screen print your own design or image onto cards! You'll learn the steps of adapting an image for screen-printing, exposing a screen, mixing inks and printing multiple copies of an image.  We'll also go over all the basics, so you'll receive the same info (and more!) as you would at one of our intro workshops. The best part is that you'll be able to dive right in and produce your own finished product by the end of the workshop!

All materials, including inks and cards (15 per person) will be provided, but if you'd like to print on something special, please bring it with you! The cost of the workshop is $40-$60 (sliding scale, depending on what you are able to afford).

There is limited space for this workshop. Please email inkstorm@robertsstreet.org to register.

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Rock Paper Scissors Tournament/Party

 

 The finale of the The Robets Street Casual Gaming Federation season! There will be prizes, awards, snacks, a showing of some short gaming related films, and probably some other games being played. Feel free to show up any time after 7pm. $2 entry fee. Invite your friends! Facebook event page.

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More Ink Storm Screenprinting Classes!

Intro to Screenprinting
Thursday, November 10th from 6:30pm-8:30pm 
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Saturday, November 12th from 2-4pm

Intro to Screenprinting ($25-$40 sliding scale): Two hours of instruction will take you through all the steps in a photoemulsion screenprinting project; coating the screen, image preparation tips, burning the screen, printing, and washing out the screen, as well as info about screens and inks. It's a packed two hours. We ask that anyone without previous experience first complete this class before using the studio. The class costs $25-40 sliding scale depending on what you are able to afford. Limit 5 per class.

Three Part Project Class
Mondays November 14, 21 & 28 from 6-8pm

Three Part Project Class ( $75 for all three classes): In this workshop you will get step-by-step hands on instruction in
screenprinting in order to complete your own project. You get your own screen to work with and we will cover coating the screen with emulsion, image design with and without computers, exposing and burning techniques, mixing your own inks, one and two colour printing on your choice of paper or fabric, and stripping the screen. This class is geared towards both beginners without previous experience as well as people who have some basic knowledge about screenprinting. The cost is $75 for all three classes and all screens, emulsion, and inks are included. The only thing you need to bring is fabric of paper for printing in the final class. Limit 4 per class.

Please register by emailing inkstorm@robertsstreet.org

 
 

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Dinner and a Movie: Shock Treatment!

Dinner and a Movie is a social way to share tasty food and watch great films.  On Sunday evenings you can eat a home cooked meal prepared by volunteer chefs, and then watch a movie that they’ve chosen to complement the food (or maybe the other way around).

Dinner is at 6pm, and the movie starts at 7.  The cost is $10/person, and reservations are required!  Email dinner-and-a-movie@robertsstreet.org to reserve your spot.  (We only have room for 12 people at dinner, so make your reservation early!)

November 6th: Shock Treatment
Menu: Vegetarian Enchiladas and Hot Chili Brownies
Where: The Roberts Street Social Centre, 5684 Roberts St
Shock Treatment is the lesser known sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

In the continuing adventure of Brad and Janet Majors, their suburban hometown has been transformed into a giant TV studio, where the brainwashed citizens remain happily glued to an endless series of TV shows. Before you can say, ‘We’ll be right back after this,’ the station’s unscrupulous sponsor has locked Brad up in a mental hospital and recruited Janet to be the sexy star of her own hit show.

 

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Printing Skillshare Tonight! (Sunday, October 23rd)

Please join our Resident Caroline Paquita at Roberts Street for a potluck and fire (weather permitting) this evening at 7pm.

All printing geeks (meaning anyone who loves printed matter) are encouraged to attend, in order to have an informal, larger discussion about the mediums and techniques that are used to get work out into the larger world.

Think of it as a very relaxed skillshare and a nice way to spend your Sunday night, after a long weekend of music and zines.

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The Halifax Pop Explosion Zine Fair!

Saturday, September 22nd, noon-5pm
St. David's Hall, 1537 Brunswick Street

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Screen Printing Workshops at Ink Storm!

Three Part Screenprinting Project Class, Mondays, October 17, 24, & 31, 6-8pm
In this workshop you will get step-by-step hands on instruction in screenprinting in order to complete your own project. You get your own screen to work with and we will cover coating the screen with emulsion, image design with and without computers, exposing and burning techniques, mixing your own inks, one and two colour printing on your choice of paper or fabric, and stripping the screen. This class is geared towards both beginners without previous experience as well as people who have some basic knowledge about screenprinting. The cost is $75 for all three classes and all screens, emulsion, and inks are included. The only thing you need to bring is fabric or paper for printing in the final class. Limit 4 per class. Please email inkstorm@robertsstreet.org to register.

Intro to Screenprinting, Wednesday, October 26th, 7-9pm, and Saturday, October 29th, 2-4pm
Two hours of instruction will take you through all the steps in a photo-emulsion screenprinting project; coating the screen, image preparation tips, burning the screen, printing, and washing out the screen, as well as info about screens and inks. It's a packed two hours. We ask that anyone without previous experience first complete this class before using the studio. The class costs $25-40 sliding scale depending on what you are able to afford. Limit 5 per class. Please email inkstorm@robertsstreet.org to register.

Lo-Tech Sound Events with our Artist in Resident Anne-Francoise Jacques

The Sound Garden, Friday, October 7th, 5-7pm & Saturday, October 8th, 2-5pm
Anne-Francoise Jacques, our current artist-in-residence, presents a lo-tech sound installation in the Robert Street Social Centre garden, based on recordings made around the centre with homemade microphones, cassette recorders, and homemade cassette loops!

Cassette Loop Fun! Friday, October 7th, 7pm
A talk about the Sound Garden and demonstration of the creative potential of homemade microphones and messy tape manipulation by our resident Anne-Francoise Jacques.

Anne-Francoise Jacques (Montreal, QC) will use homemade microphones, cassette recorders and homemade cassette loops to record sound samples around Roberts Street and create an ephemeral sound installation in the garden. Anne-Francois is co-founder of the sound art collective les-son 666 and makes sound pieces for radio and experimental animations.

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Upcoming events!

Our current residents are Marlaina Buch & Ross Macauly (Victoria, BC), and they've got some awesome events coming up soon!

Mariana will develop her performance music project Hunter Rapper which humourously and critically explores food politics and systems, while Ross will produce a zine of recipes from memory with hand drawn lettering. Both of them will look specifically at lobster and fisheries, celebrating and examining local food knowledge.

Backyard Bro Down and Wiener Roast, Sunday, September 18th, 5pm(ish)
Marlaina and Russ are holding this rad event to meet local peole and talk about food! Ross is collecting recipes from memory for his project and wants your secrets.
Bring something to cook on a stick - smokies, brats, tofu, bannock, photos of ex lovers...

Boiled Alive! Show & Tell/Culinary Throw Down, Friday, September 23rd, 7:30pm
Marlaina and Ross will present and discuss all the stuff they've worked on. A possible challenge or performance of some form is speculated. Mysterious.

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Plus we currently have an Ink Storm resident too!

Print First, Ask Questions Later Ink Storm Workshop, Monday, September 26th, 7pm
Join Montreal-based multi-media artist Edwin Janzen for a workshop on fabric printing undertaken from a freewheeling, experimental standpoint. We will learn to cast aside doubts and reservations as we leverage our latent, internal intelligences, take risks, defy failure and, with purpose and ruthlessness, alter all manner of fabrics using block and screen printing (and possibly other) techniques.

Some fabrics, inks and equipment will be available for general use, but participants should expect to bring along a few items for the workshop, too. Further details upon registration.
Space is limited, so rsvp asap to epjanzen@gmail.com!

 

 

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24 Hour Zine Challenge

Our 24 hour zine challenge was held a couple of weeks ago, and we have all sixteen (16!) of the zines made during that time on display in the Anchor Archive. Come by and check them out!

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Check out our awesome Summer Newsletter!

One of the projects our summer students worked on was our summer newsletter. Assembled entirely by hand, and printed on huge 11 x 17 pieces of paper, it is the result of a lot of work!

If you're in Halifax you might have seen copies around, but if not we've scanned it in for you to read online! Now you can find out about some of our summer projects, and who our last few residents of the year will be.

Our initial attempts to upload a PDF were less than fruitful, so you'll have to deal with raw images files. Click on the thumbnails below to be linked to a (hopefully) readable version of each page.


Ana Armengod zine release! Wednesday, September 7th, 7pm

Ana is our current resident and she has just finished a zine about her experiences in Mexican punk and radical communities!

Get a copy of the zine fresh off the photocopier, eat vegan Mexican food, and watch two Mexican documentaries about punks (one about an urban permaculture project).

Ana is from Mexico, organized Ladyfest Mexico for several years, and is an artist who contributes to zines and magazines.

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Welcome to our new resident Ana Armengod (Mexico)

Ana is going to work on a graphic and written zine about experiences in Mexican punk and radical communities. She organized Ladyfest Mexico for several years, and is an artist who contributes to zines and magazines.

She's also cleaning up and organizing our kitchen, for which she gets our eternal gratitude.

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24 Hour Zine Challenge 6!

The zine challenge encourages everyone (from bright eyed to jaded zinesters) to complete a zine within 24 hours. We are opening our space, offering free supplies and photocopying services for the weekend to facilitate zine-making.

You can also contribute a page to this year's collaborative zine or come and enjoy one of our accompanying events listed below.

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Friday, August 26th

8 pm movie screening (Don't Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl)

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Saturday, August 27

5 pm start of zine challenge
7 pm barbeque

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Sunday, August 28

9 am breakfast
2 pm "zines for kids" workshop
5 pm end of zine challenge & backyard show

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Resident Claudia Tremblay’s Potluck Zine Party!

Out current resident, Claudia Tremblay (Quebec, QC), is holding a potluck zine party to share their new zine Celestial things have fun. People are welcome to bring their favourite food and zines to share with others.

The same as human and terrestrial elements, celestial things have important and serious things to do, but also they can have fun. Celestial things have fun, is Claudia Tremblay’s new art zine, with some drawings that are inspired by the new age aesthetic and The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 science fiction short story collection written by Ray Bradbury.

Thursday, August 25th, 5pm.

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Call Out for Zine Enthusiast Lectures at our 24 Hour Zine Challenge

Our sixth annual 24 hour zine challenge is happening on the weekend of August 26-28th.

This year we're holding a mini lecture event on zine-related topics. "Lecture" is very broad, but it could mean: a reading from a zine, showing a video, a musical performance, a skillshare, or something else entirely. The possibilities are endless!
 
The line-up is limited, depending on the duration of other's lectures, so sign up now!
 
To sign up or ask for more information please email elise.boudreau@gmail.com.
 
 
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Simon Rabyniuk is our New Shed Resident and Explorer!

We're half way through our residencies for 2011, and so far they've all been awesome!

Our latest resident is Simon Rabyniuk (from Toronto, ON), who'll be here until the 14th of August.

Simon will go on a series of daily walks through Halifax, recording movement in a journal that will be used to create a hand drawn map of the city. Simon is a visual artist who has worked on several projects relating to walking, and exploring how individuals become aware of their surroundings.

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Monthly Meeting Tonight!

 Coming to one of our monthly meetings is a great way to get involved with the Roberts Street Social Centre.

Our next meeting is tonight (Wednesday, July 27th)  7 pm, upstairs in the Crows Nest. 

Hope to see you there!

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Shed Resident Welcome and Events!

As we try to deal with the heat, our new shed resident Coral Maloney is spending her time in Halifax working on The Preserving Project (I Love You This Much), a participatory performance that uses traditional food preserving techniques to transform non-food stories and objects, providing a space to talk about food, nature, memory, nostalgia, and colonization. Coral is an artist, theater-maker, and urban farmer.

Coral is organizing two different events.

On Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8pm there is a fun workshop called Basic Theatre for Everyone.

On Thursday, July 28th there will be two interactive peformances of The Preserving Project, at 2pm and 7pm (post-performance chit-chat & BBQ dinner to follow).

We hope to see you there!

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