He's as good as his word. Today, Gaudin announced that a Mini Maker Faire — a place where tinkerers and inventors and entrepreneurs show off what they're working on — will come to the Innovation Hub on May 2. It will be a big day: The 2015 Argenta Arts Festival will bring artists and craftsmen to several blocks on Main Street, just a bit away from the Hub, 201 E. Broadway. Both events will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The first Maker Faire was in San Mateo, Calif., in 2005, and the event "has blossomed into a world phenomenon," Joel Gordon, director of the Hub's Launch Pad, said. Mini Maker Faires are held in smaller cities, like Tulsa.,
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The Rasberry Pi computer
But before Maker Faire is the third annual Raspberry Pi Bake-Off on Saturday, which is 3/14 and therefore perfect for a date equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny $35 computer that fits in your hand and can be plugged into your television, speakers, etc., perfect for hobbyists. The men demonstrating the Raspberry Pi were having lots of fun with their Arduinos, magical little cards that you can program to do whatever. Bill Rech and Kyle Neumeier, describing themselves as "big boys," were busy knocking their Arduino-run vehicles into one another, while another was tracing a track it had been programmed to follow.
But back to the faire: Gordon was beside himself, saying maker faires were "life-changing," bringing together engineers, carpenters, stay-at-home moms, CEOs to collaborate on bringing ideas to life. "Nothing I can say will give you any inkling of how exciting" the faire will be. Dan Williams, CEO of Garver and Garver Engineers, is chair of the event, which he said will introduce young people to STEM and Garver engineers to the ideas of the young.
Entry to the Maker Faire, which will cover three acres downtown, will be $10. The Arts Festival is free, and there is still time to apply for a booth, Argenta Downtown Council Director Donna Hardcastle said; deadline is March 31.
The Walton College of Business is working to expand its executive education by opening an office in downtown Little Rock that would offer non-degree programs to the health, banking and finance and retail industries in Central Arkansas, the school confirmed today.
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
A photograph of a woman doing a headstand so you can see her red underpants. A sculpture by Robyn Horn titled "Approaching Collapse." Those and other works that assistant professor of photography Margo Duvall says "celebrates the female voice in art" for Women's History Month go on exhibit March 1 in the gallery in the Russell Fine Arts Building.
The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.