Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY Fest is THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 24 2-7PM at Hotel Midwest!!!!

This Friday the organizers of Ann Arbor Free Skool and Sneeze The Beak join forces to bring you 10 workshops and skillshares by local artisans, crafters, ziners and musicians all LIVE at Hotel Midwest. Enjoy out FREE STORE and COMMUNITY POTLUCK all day long. This event is the kick-off for Sneeze the Beak! Get your zines with all the details for the weekend and STB T-Shirts screen printed LIVE here!

What's Sneeze the Beak? Here's Everything you need to know
Hotel Midwest is located at 1508 Jewett. Here is a map.
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We're bringing you outstanding workshops and skillshares ALL DAY LONG. Here is our full schedule:


A Radical* Queer History of Ann Arbor
Facilitated by Katy Clark
It's hard to find out what radical queers were up to in traditional history books. We've scoured the library, town archives, and old publications & zines and will share what we've learned with you. Leave with your own zine on AA’s queer history!
*Or just A Queer History of Ann Arbor. Most of it isn't radical, except for maybe the critical insight that most of it isn't radical.

Crochet Circle
Facilitated by Christine Barrera
Learn how to crochet, including patterns and techniques, or sit-in and work on your own project with us!! All levels of experience welcome.
Supplies you may want to bring: Some supplies will be provided, but please bring yr own if ya got it.


Improvised Music (Part 1 of 2)
Facilitated by Matthew Endahl

The first hour of this class will involve listening to various recordings of free improvisation through history, and a discussion of free improvisation as an approach to music.

Facilitated by Arian Monceaux

Group painting with constructive assistance and direction. Arian wants to help others make what we imagine visibly tangible in an open-ended way while still holding onto the basic principles of design. There will be still life subjects for use but it isn't required of the students to bring them into their paintings. It is for all kinds of artists, whether you are just trying to break into the medium or if you're just looking for people to be creative with.
Supplies you may want to bring: Some supplies will be provided, but please bring yr own if ya got it.


Improvised Music (Part 2 of 2)
Facilitated by Matthew Endahl

The second hour will be a workshop in which music will be made through collective improvisation. Various techniques will be explored.
Supplies you may want to bring: Bring an instrument, or anything that makes an interesting sound.

Potluck & Community Time
Take a breather in between classes to enjoy food from our Community Potluck, check out the Free Store, and listen to the music created by our improvised music class. You’ll have plenty of time to show off your crocheted & painted creations, or brag about your history knowledge. We’ll also be handing out zines for Sneeze the Beak detailing events for the rest of the weekend.
  •  Free Store: Give your old bronzed walnut-shaped walnut cracker a new place to call home at the Free Store. Bring whatever you have that you think someone else would like (clothes, knick-knacks, food, art, tools, books - anything) and pick up some jazzy "new" treats for yourself. You'll be amazed at what you'll take home.
  • Community Potluc*: Don't forget to whip up your favorite dish to pass for The Shared All Day Potluck. We need your help to make this happen. No food = No potluck.
  •  Screen Printing: Change your boring old t-shirt, pants, socks, g-string into a work of art!We will be doing live silk screen printing with the original Sneeze the Beak design! Donations appreciated.
Supplies you may want to bring: FOOD, Stuff you want to give away at the Free Store, Something to Screen Print


Flower Essences
Facilitated by Heather Brumwell

Nature has so many ways that it helps us to feel comfortable here.  One of those is flower essences.  We will talk about what flower essences are and the many possibilities of how to use them.  There will be an option to take a personalized flower essence home with you too. 

Supplies you may want to bring: If you'd like to take a flower essence home, please bring your own small bottle with you. 

Figure Drawing
Facilitated by Becky Canary-King

Open to all skill levels. Class will feature one model doing a variety of poses in order to practice gestural drawing. Poses will slowly get longer to provide a longer time to complete sketches. Some instruction/facilitation provided.

Massage Therapy (2 Hours)
Facilitated by Ed Weymouth

Your hands are sad sometimes, massage makes them happy.  Help your extremities toward happiness with massage therapy, some reflexology and Thai massage used, a well as contemporary western.  Be ready to touch and be touched by other people.  There will be a short focusing and breathing session before we begin to help with intent, an important part of massage and then a basic work up on both hands and feet.  If we have extra time, shoulders and head. 


The Word Coop; Poetry Writing Workshop
Facilitated by David Trombley

Join us in celebrating creative self-expression through the spoken and written word.  Learn new ways to find your voice.  Share your journey of listening with others.  Bring copies of your poems to share and discuss if you’d like, or just bring yourself and be ready to discover that creative spark inside!  Beginners welcome!

Supplies you may want to bring: Copies of your poems to share

Radical Mental Health
Facilitated by Josiah Seng & Alex Husted

The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.
We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are often diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness.

Second Hour of Massage Therapy
Facilitated by Ed Weymouth

We hope to see you there!

Everything you need to know about Sneeze the Beak - FRIDAY, Feb. 24 - SUNDAY, Feb. 26

The FINAL SCHEDULE is out and there’s not a day or event to be missed! It’s cold out and you’re getting grumpy, so don’t hang around your house – come out to see LIVE MUSIC and get up to SCHENNNNANERGANS with us.

Friday, February 24

DIY Fest @ Hotel Midwest
1508 Jewett in Ann Arbor; 2pm – 7pm

Ann Arbor Free Skool and Sneeze The Beak join forces to bring you 10 workshops and skillshares by local artisans, crafters, ziners and musicians all LIVE at Hotel Midwest. Including our FAMOUS Free Store and Community Potluck. Pick up your Sneeze The Beak Zine & Schedule here and get your own T-Shirt/Bandana/Jorts screenprinted live with our original STB design. 

Woods Evening Music Event; 8:30pm-?
Attend the DIY Fest for all the details.

Saturday, February 25

Saturday Morning Afternoon Cartoons
The Gravel Pit -  914 Fuller St in Ann Arbor; 2-5pm

Get cozy with warm drinks and old school cartoons as the Gravel Pit transforms into the Gravel Pit Cafe. We’ll try to have enough slippers for everyone, but you gotta bring your own snuggie.
Check out the list of shows we have, or bring your own! 

Sneeze the Beach: Indoor Beach Party 
The Dreamland Theater - 26 N. Washington in Ypsi;  9pm-3am

Killer bands. Tons of Shenanigans. Dance all night in your bikini at the Dreamland theater. It's better than spring break in Cabo. Featuring the sounds of The Plurals, Trabajabamos, Kkrusty, Dr. Striker, Watabou/Walk Your Bike & Inflatable Best Friend.

Sunday, February 26

Holistic Eco Polar Spirit Plunge
Huron Bridge Park (Map) 12-1pm

Shock your mind and body and aura and all that crap into total fucking harmony the natural way: by inducing trauma in the sympathetic nervous system, at one of Ann Arbor's many public natural freshwater reservoirs chilled just for you (by the universe).

World’s First (???) SAUNCERT
The Far House – 2606 Packard in Ann Arbor 2-7pm

We take you for a plunge, but then immediately warm you up. If there's anytime Sneeze the Beak will melt your frozen winter heart, it's at our Sauncert. We haven't checked but we're pretty sure it's the WORLD'S FIRST. Get steamy in our DIY Sauna in the backyard of Far House. Featuring LIVE TUNES by Sam Singleton-Freeman, Brian Tucker, Fear of Holes and the Josh Hedges Psychedelic Jungle Experience.

Basement show finale!!
The Far House – 2606 Packard in Ann Arbor 7-11pm

Immediately following the world's first (and best!) ever Sauncert, come down into the basement of your favorite DIY house venue for even more live music by: JDSY, MKO, Pikoboy & DJ Cactus. This will also be Sneeze the Beak’s CLOSING CEREMONIES.

We hope to see you there!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

February will warm your heart.

Skip worrying about Valentine's Day - we've got a schedule this month that will melt away the winter blues. In addition to our usual line-up of classes, we're also throwing a DIY fest and helping out with Sneeze the Beak, events guaranteed to get you out of the house and ready to face the season.