Machine This Week: October 14th to October 19th

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Events: Dorkbot SoCal @ Machine Project
Sunday, October 19th from 11am-1pm
This Sunday we’re hosting the nerds from Dorkbot SoCal for an afternoon of presentations on the latest and greatest from the Maker world. Topics for sunday include Raspberry Pi controlled soil sensors for gardening in a drought, digital holograms, and robots controlled by cockroaches. It is sure to be a bizarre learning experience, the event is free, we hope you can join us!

Upcoming: Purple Electric Play! (PEP!)
Thursday, October 30th – Saturday, December 13th
At the end of this month we are debuting the Purple Electric Play! by Asher Hartman, in our custom-built, secret, underground, mystery theater. We have done many projects with Asher in the past – you may be familiar with his recent psychic reading of the Gamble House. Well that’s chump change compared to what Asher and his cohorts have in store at the end of the month. PEP! is a dense, messy, fantastical, and extravagant examination of privilege, power, and revolution, and it’s made specifically for you, the Machine Project audience. We think it’ll be the best thing we’ve ever done here, and we could really use your (financial) support to make it happen. Through our fundraising campaign you can make donations in exchange for porcelain body parts and private dinners with puppets, or just purchase two tickets to the show on the night of your choice. Please act sooner than later, you won’t regret it!

Pomona Studio Art Hall Opening Celebration

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Saturday, October 11th // 1:30 pm to 9:00pm
Studio Art Hall 370 Columbia Ave. Claremont, CA

Beginning with a dedication at 1:30pm and running until a grand final event at 7:00pm, please come to the brand new Studio Art Hall at Pomona College, where you will have the chance to sketch (and snack on) an edible still-life, relax in a mirrored Steam Egg, listen to Georgian polyphonic singing in the glow of the darkroom safelight, dance to the joyfully experimental sounds of Daedelus, and eat tacos from a secret food elevator!

Machine This Week: October 6th to October 12th

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Events: Purple Electric Play! (PEP!) Launch Party!
Wednesday, October 8th at 8pm
We are extremely excited to announce the impending opening of Purple Electric Play! (PEP!), the latest project by Machine friend and psychic Asher Hartman. Not to over hype it, but we think it’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done, however it is also one of the more extravagant projects we’ve embarked on, and we need support from our beloved friends to make it happen. This Wednesday we’re kicking off our fundraising campaign with a launch party at Machine Project. We’ll be screening some of Asher’s past work, giving a sneak preview of the play, and trying to convince you to give us some money. We hope you’ll attend, please RSVP to machine@machineproject.com if you’re planning on coming, and in the meantime check out our fundraising campaign here. (A $2500 donation gets you a dinner with four life-sized puppets at Taix, in Echo Park dinner not included).

WORKSHOPS: Guitar Pedal Building Workshop
Tuesday, October 14th from 7-10pm
Thursday, October 16th from 7-10pm

Guitar Pedal Building Workshop is your chance to build a guitar pedal to amaze and impress your friends. Led by Mike Wait of PopSoda and Butter Churning Aerobics, participants will learn soldering skills, circuits, signal flow, how to identify electronic components and what they do, and overall pedal construction. The first class will focus on building an OVERDRIVE pedal from scratch, followed by a class on modifying the pedal for each individual’s needs. For more info on this workshop and to sign up, click here.

Machine This Week: September 29th to October 5th

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UPCOMING: Free Day at the Gamble House Part Deux
Thursday, October 2nd from 8pm – 10pm
If you missed our free day extravaganza at the Gamble House on Saturday, you have one more chance this Thursday night from 8-10pm. Hear the rose-vortex in its full musical glory, treat yourself to a private poetry reading in a historic closet! Performances by Patrick Ballard, Milka Djordjevich, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and others will accompany self-guided tours throughout the evening.

UPCOMING: Public Space Singalong at Ciclavia
Sunday, October 5th at noon and 1pm
The third annual Public Space Singalong is this Sunday in the 2nd Street Tunnel, serenading Ciclavia goers with two singing sessions at noon and 1pm. You can enter the tunnel from Hill on the East side, and Figueroa from the West side. For songbooks and playlists join the event page.

WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS!: Gamble House Workshops
We have three workshops being offered at the Gamble House this week.

Wednesday, October 1st from 7-10pm is Urban Cat Architecture with artist Keith Rocka Knittel. Keith will teach participants how to design cat dwellings of their own, exploring the emotional and physical needs of both humans and felines, with an emphasis on integrating cat homes into existing architectural styles.

Saturday, October 4th from 2-5pm, Lisa Anne Auerbach will teach you how to make soap, inspired by Proctor and Gamble’s rise to power through their Ivory Soap empire. The Soap Making workshop will cover mold making, scenting with natural oils, safe handling of lye, and more.

Saturday October 4th from 4-7pm, master embroiderer and artist Jenny Hart will lead Embroidery in Architecture, offering the rare opportunity to engage in domestic activity in one of the most architecturally significant homes in California. Participants will be provided an embroidery hoop, needles, embroidery floss, and a pre-printed design on fabric.

Machine This Week: September 22nd to September 28th.

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UPCOMING: Free Day at the Gamble House!
Saturday, September 27th from 12pm – 10pm
Clear your social calendars because this Saturday is free day at the Gamble House! From 12pm to 10pm (last entry is at 9), the Gamble House is opening it’s doors to the masses for a day of self-guided tours, performances, and activities. Nighttime video projections, an artificial sunset, intellectuals conversing in twin beds, poets in closets, and of course the much anticipated Swiss-Japanese fusion of Secret Restaurant are all in store! Pack a picnic, lather on the sunscreen, and prepare for an arts and crafts themed bonanza. Check out the LA Times’ review of the show here!

WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS!: The Gamble House Workshops
Sunday, September 28th – Sunday, October 5th
There are plenty of exciting workshops still to come at the Gamble House, but wait it gets better! Beginning this Sunday, all workshops include a free docent tour of the Gamble House, which will run one hour before the workshop start time. If you plan on attending the tour, please RSVP to machine@machineproject.com upon workshop sign-up. Workshops up ahead include The Gamble Birdhouse, featuring edible bird-sized versions of Arts and Crafts homes, the Annunciator workshop where participants will build an electromagnetic circuit and learn about early Wifi technology, and the self explanatory Urban Cat Architecture workshop.

Machine this Week: September 15th to September 21st

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UPCOMING: The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House
Friday, September 19th – Sunday, October 5th
Friends, family, acquaintances, the event of the season is nearly here! Paintings are being hung by a man in soft white gloves, sweaty volunteers are lifting heavy things very carefully, meticulous weed-whacking is underway, and Machine Project has relocated our command center headquarters to the air-conditioned basement of the Gamble House. So today we would like to announce that yes, The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House is actually going to happen starting this weekend, and we think it’ll be really great! So check out our listing of events here, book your tours here, and remember to wear flat shoes and to keep your hands to yourselves!!

WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS, WORKSHOPS!: The Gamble House Workshops
Friday, September 19th – Sunday, October 5th
As part of The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, we will be offering several very interesting workshops, hosted by very interesting artists. Lisa Anne Auerbach will teach you how to make soap, in the “House That Soap Built,” Raphael Arar and Chris Weisbart will help you create primitive wireless technology, spend an afternoon embroidering with Jenny Hart, or learn solar technology with David Casey. Our Gamble House workshops are a nice opportunity to stray from the well worn paths of the guided tours, and spend a few hours in the house doing something strange and pleasant. You can sign up for workshops here.

Machine This Week: September 1st to September 7th

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WORKSHOP : SCRAPING, MUNGING AND MINING
Tuesday, September 2nd, Thursday, September 4th, and Tuesday, September 9th from 7-10pm
Spots are still available for Scraping, Munging and Mining, a three session class about the inner workings of the internet. Did you know that humans are responsible for only 39% of internet traffic? The rest is composed of bots, applications, scripts, golems and fairy dust. In this class, students will learn how to use clever workarounds and hacks to join the data party and access that sweet, sweet torrent of information that was originally meant for other machines. Learn about HTTP, SSL, URLs, HTML, JavaScript and more! We’ll also be learning how to do some basic scripting in Python along the way. Learn the internet, become the internet. Sign ups end at 6pm, Tuesday, September 2nd, so act fast!

UPCOMING : The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House
Friday, September 19th – Sunday, October 5th
Mark your calendars! The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House is nearly here. During Pasadena’s two week AxS Curiosity Festival, Machine Project is bringing over fifty artists to the 1909 Arts and Crafts style Gamble House. Featuring experimental tours, elusive Swiss-Japanese fusion cuisine, group naps, late nineteenth century light shows, and more! Join us as we reveal and reimagine this historic site. Tickets to workshops and events will be available Tuesday, September 2nd.

Machine Project Comedy Special

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Sunday, August 31st at 8pm sharp
on computers everywhere
$00.25

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There was the moon landing, the Watergate hearings, the 1980 Men’s Hockey Finals, the Super Bowl XXXVIII Wardrobe Malfunction, and now… television history will be made again. Tune in to this page, Sunday, August 31st at 8pm sharp for the first ever Machine Project Pay-Per-View Comedy Special. For a mere 25 cents you too can take part in this significant and momentous event, and witness the magic that is the Machine Project Pay-Per-View Comedy Special. Don’t be late.

Can’t wait two weeks for 11.5 minutes of amateur stand up comedy? Watch the trailer NOW!

As an apology for our servers crashing Sunday night, you can now watch the Comedy Special here for free.

DISCLAIMER: THE $00.25 PURCHASE IS NON REFUNDABLE. VIEW AT OWN RISK. MACHINE PROJECT ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF VIEWING THIS VIDEO. MACHINE PROJECT IS THE SOLE OWNER OF THIS CONTENT. MACHINE PROJECT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CONTENT. MACHINE PROJECT TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT PAYPAL DOES OR DOES NOT DO. THE TWO DRINK MINIMUM IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. PHYSICAL INJURY MAY OCCUR FROM LAUGHING SO HARD. PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT MAY OCCUR FROM NOT LAUGHING AT ALL. MILD SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MENTAL ANGUISH OR EXISTENTIAL ANGST. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OR PROMISE TO THE QUALITY OF SOUND OR VIDEO IMAGE. WHAT IS HUMOR? WEEPING IS NORMAL. STRESS LEVELS MAY VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON BASED ON EMPATHIC TENDENCIES. LOSS OF PURPOSE OR DIRECTION MAY OCCUR AND IS IN FACT COMMON. THE MAKING OF TELEVISION HISTORY IS NOT GUARANTEED BUT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. MAY CONTAIN HIGHLY EXPLICIT, HIGHLY GRAPHIC CONTENT. THE PROMO VIDEO IS NOT COMPARABLE TO ACTUAL VIDEO. FEELINGS OF EMPTINESS MAY OCCUR ONCE TELEVISION HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE AND HAS PASSED. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO ALL OF YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND WILL CHARGE YOUR CREDIT CARD AS WE SAY FIT. THE TWENTY FIVE CENTS DOES NOT INCLUDE COST OF HOUSING WHILE WATCHING VIDEO. FOOD AND DRINK IS NOT INCLUDED. COSMIC TELEVISION RADIATION MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH. YOU MAY TAP INTO THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS THROUGH VIEWING SAID VIDEO. DO NOT BE ALARMED. RELAX. TRY AND RELAX. ENJOY THE SHOW.

Introducing…. the Machine Project Artist in Residence Apartment Naming Opportunities! (AIRANO)

We depend on community funding to provide direct support to artists through our Artist in Residence program – a unique resource in Los Angeles’ large cultural ecosystem. One way to get involved is to become a sponsor of a component of the residency apartment. This is may be your one and only chance to have a refrigerator or a wifi router named in your honor, replete with laser cut plaque. Don’t miss out! See here for more details.

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Machine This Week: August 25th to August 31st

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UPCOMING : Machine Project Pay-Per-View Comedy Special
Sunday, August 31st at 8pm
You’ve been slowly counting down the days, scratching tally marks with a rock into the countertop. Well the wait is nearly over. In a mere six days, the Machine Project Pay-Per-View Comedy Special will be going LIVE to the world. Tune in to our website at 8pm sharp on Sunday, August 31st and witness the amateur comedy event of a lifetime. Pay the twenty five cents, take part in history. Watch the trailer here.

WORKSHOP : SCRAPING, MUNGING AND MINING
Tuesday, September 2nd, Thursday, September 4th, and Tuesday, September 9th from 7-10pm
Did you know that humans are responsible for only 39% of internet traffic? The rest is composed of bots, applications, scripts, golems and fairy dust. In this class, students will learn how to use clever workarounds and hacks to join the data party and access that sweet, sweet torrent of information that was originally meant for other machines. In the process, you’ll learn about the inner workings of the internet, HTTP, SSL, URLs, HTML, JavaScript and more! We’ll also be learning how to do some basic scripting in Python along the way. Sign ups end at 6pm, Tuesday, September 2nd, act fast!