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đź“… ✏️ Community Events & Meetups: Oct – Nov 2018

It’s October at Indy Hall! It’s October everywhere, really.

Either way, this is what the month of October (and the first week in  November) looks like for our community and all the communities that call Indy Hall home.

Remember, you can check our calendar for an alternate look at everything below.


Philly Cocoaheads (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday October 11, 6:30pm-9pm / Thursday November 8, 6:30pm-9pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: PhillyCocoa is a Philadelphia area Mac and iPhone programming group, a chapter of the worldwide CocoaHeads. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is an interest in Apple-related technologies and moderate tolerance for geeking out.


Civic Series: North Korea (RSVP required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday October 17, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Join Civic Series as we help answer questions about North Korea. A 30 minute presentation is lead by an expert in the field, followed by moderated group discussion.


Show & Tell (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Thursday October 18, 12pm-1pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Thursday at noon in the gallery, join in for one our longest-running regular events at Indy Hall! Meet fellow Indy Hall members you may not have met yet, or learn something new about folks you already know.


Philly Game Mechanics: Town Hall (RSVP required)

When: Thursday October 18, 7pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Philly Game Mechanics is a charitable organization focused on supporting game development and indie game enthusiasts in Philadelphia, PA.


Night Owls (No RSVP, membership required)

When: Tuesday October 23, 6pm-9pm / Tuesday October 30, 6pm-9pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: Late-night coworking, hosted by Indy Haller Moriah Gibbs. Community members who need to come in for an evening work jam can enjoy late night hours at Indy Hall.


Girl Scouts Troop #9573 (Girl Scouts only!)

When: Tuesday, October 23, 6pm / Tuesday, November 6, 6pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: “Indy Hall’s youngest members” are a Brownie Troop led by Lansie Sylvia, Arielle Brousse and Allie Ilagan.


“Designing a Conversation: The Art of the Podcast” presented by DesignBrew (RSVP required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday October 24, 6pm -8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: Want to learn how to make a podcast interesting? Ryan Starr, creator of the Hi-Res podcast recounts stories of creating his show and teaches what you need to know before starting your own show.



Community Lunch
(No RSVP, membership required)

When: Thursday October 25, 12pm-1pm

Where: Indy Hall Kitchen

What: Bring your lunch into the kitchen and meet other Indy Hallers! Whether you’re a brand new Indy Haller, or you’ve been here for a long time and want to meet new friends, introduce yourself to someone new over Community Lunch.


Philly Graph DB Meetup – Open Data Journalism Workshop (RSVP required)

When: Thursday October 25, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: An in-depth account of how to find open civic data sources, clean your data, and formatting tips for importing. We’ll also briefly go over how to upload CSV data into a Neo4j’s desktop app so you can begin to query and visually represent your data.


Ignite Philly 21 (Tickets required)

When: Thursday October 25, 6pm – 10pm

Where: Johnny Brenda’s

What: Rapid five-minute presentations, accompanied by 20 slides ticking down at 15-second intervals, inspire the crowd with ingenuity, humor, and imagination—ideas that are a call to action, that turn the past upside down, that point the way by which you help make a better future.


GDG Cloud Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday October 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: October’s meetup will be presented by Dodd Pfeffer who is a Sr. Platform Architect at Pivotal Software. This month we’ll be learning all about Functions as a Service.


Philly Game Mechanics: Game Jam Kick-Off (RSVP required)

When: Thursday November 1, 7pm

Where: Indy Hall Gallery

What: A game jam is a chance to make a game in a small time window with a given theme. Our monthly jams are what you might call a slow jam, two weeks to make a game. It is a great chance to try game development out or partner up with a more experienced dev and learn the ropes.


Open Hall: Free Coworking (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday November 2, 9am – 6pm

Where: Indy Hall

What: Every First Friday at Indy Hall is a free coworking day! It’s a great day to visit Indy for the first time, and existing members don’t have to use a Day Pass for the day.

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Finish that thing you’ve been putting off, and have fun doing it

Every single creative person I know has something we know we want to do. In some cases, something we know we really should do – but is forever stuck on your todo list.

The reason it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t matter, you just haven’t gotten to it.

And if I’ve learned anything from Indy Hall it’s the value of being surrounded by people, for two reasons:

  • the shared momentum of people getting shit done is infectious.
  • when you’re stuck – for nearly any reason – you can get a few minutes of help in an instant.

So when Nicole Forrester shared an idea she had for a weekend-long event dedicated to finishing the projects that we’ve been procrastinating I was hooked.

So we’re doing it! Say “hello” to Finish Up Weekend.

The weekend of September 28-30th, we’re inviting 30 people to join in an event dedicated to setting a deadline and making sure we actually finish it. An event focused on working along side each other to finally cross that thing off our to-do lists.

The first 10 seats are already sold, so make sure you get yours before the rest are gone!

Just 5 mins of an expert’s time can save you hours of frustration and wasted energy.

In addition to a weekend of structured and focused coworking time, we’ve invited a bunch talented mentors to both inspire and support you while you work. We’ll have range of expertise in the room, including business strategy, design, development, copywriting and marketing.

So if you find yourself writing and rewriting the same sentence over and over, or are stuck with a technical bug, or anything else you’re hung up on, you can just raise your hand and help is on the way.

Our 5 minute application form is to help you to think about what you want to finish and helps us make sure our experts are prepared. Applications to join the event are open now!

👉👉 https://www.indyhall.org/finish/

The price of the ticket includes:

  • two full days of high-quality coworking + our friday evening social event
  • your own copy of Just F#!@ing Ship by Amy Hoy (recommended reading before the weekend)
  • four inspirational, action-oriented lightning talks across two days to get you moving in the right direction
  • expert mentorship and support throughout the weekend
  • the feeling of marking that thing as DONE

We decided to make this a ticketed event to make sure everyone who participates is truly committed to finishing. The ticket price also allows us to pay our mentors an honorarium for sharing their time and expertise.

We’re also exploring a couple of scholarship seats to open up this event to people in specific situations…more on that soon!

With just 20 seats left, make sure you grab your spot now 🙂 And, if you have a friend or colleague who you think would really be into this, it’s cool to share the link with them too!

Nicole and I and ALL of the mentors are super excited about this and can’t wait to see everyone in action.

If you have questions (or ideas we might be able to work into future versions), you can contact Nicole and I via finishupweekend@indyhall.org

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đź“… ✏️ Community Events & Meetups: Aug – Sept 2018

Every month, the Indy Hall team gets together plot out the next 30 days of Indy Hall stuff. We get asked all the time what’s coming up soon that folks can join. Sure, we have a calendar, and it’s great! But…that’s not always the easiest way to see what’s going on. So here’s a list of events, workshops, meetups and other group gatherings for you to join from August 2018 to mid-September 2018!

Yadi vs Cancer Fundraiser (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Thursday August 23rd, 6pm-10pm Where: National Mechanics What: Yadira Torres has been pouring us drinks and helping us get through it since the Dawn of Time. It’s time for us to return the favor. Join us at National Mechanics, Indy Hall’s birthplace, for an auction of Yadi’s artwork, raffles, entertainment, and loads of other fun – all in the name of raising money to help Yadi beat her cancer.

Philly.rb (RSVP Required)

When: Saturday August 25th, 9:30am-5pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to Elixir and Phoenix by building a tool to view and share preferred conference sessions during multi-track events. Indy Haller Brian McElaney hosts!

Code for Philly: CityGeo Presentation (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday August 28, 6pm-9pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: Get to know CityGeo! CityGeo helps Philly Gov departments share data used for mapping, analysis, and city services.

Community Lunch (Membership required)

When: Wednesday August 29, 12-1pm Where: Indy Hall Kitchen What:  Whether you’re new to our community and want to introduce yourself, or you’re a long-time member who wants an excuse to meet new folks, Community Lunch is designed to help you make new friends and contacts. Bring your lunch, grab a name tag, strike up a conversation!

GDG Cloud Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday August 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: Indy Hall What: At this event, we’ll do a deep dive into the Firebase platform, the Cloud Firestore database, and build an application using all of the build in features that Firebase has to offer. Food & Drinks will be provided.

Labor Day – Indy Hall is CLOSED

When: Monday September 3rd. Have a great holiday, see you Tuesday! 🎉

Open Hall: Free Coworking (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday, September 7, 9am – 6pm Where: Indy Hall What: Every First Friday at Indy Hall is a free coworking day! It’s a great day to visit Indy for the first time, and existing members don’t have to use a Day Pass for the day.

First Friday Art Show: GAUDLIKE  (no RSVP or membership required)

When: Friday, September 7, 5pm – 8pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: Kicking off the return of Indy Hall’s First Friday art shows is an intersectional collaboration of 14 local, queer artists, forming an intentional collective of radical joy! Indy Hall Arts and Hawkmoth Events present an exhibition featuring photography, fashion, performance art and more.

City Council 101 w/ Lauren Vidas (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Monday, September 10, 6:30pm – 8pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: Want to learn more about Philadelphia City Council? This primer on the basics of city inner-workings is for you. Topics of conversation include: the mayor + city council: who are they and what do they do? What is the “Ward System”, and why should I care? Why don’t we have more bike lanes? Councilmanic prerogative and how a bill becomes a law

SELF Philly (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Tuesday, September 11, 6:30pm – 8pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: Join us for our monthly community meetup of SELF Philly! A place where self-employed individuals (whether solopreneur or small business owners) provide support, perspective, and expertise — helping one another grow our businesses.

Girl Scouts Troop #9573 (Girl Scouts only!)

When: Tuesday, September 11, 6pm Where: Indy Hall Lounge What:“Indy Hall’s youngest members” are a Brownie Troop led by Lansie Sylvia, Arielle Brousse and Allie Ilagan. The scouts are back for a new year, beginning Tuesday, September 11th.

Community Lunch (Membership Required)

When: Wednesday, September 12, 12pm – 1pm Where: Indy Hall Kitchen What:  Whether you’re new to our community and want to introduce yourself, or you’re a long-time member who wants an excuse to meet new folks, Community Lunch is designed to help you make new friends and contacts. Bring your lunch, grab a name tag, strike up a conversation!

Civic Series: Russia & The U.S. (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Wednesday, September 12, 6pm – 8pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: Join Civic Series as we help you wrap your head around the complex relationship between the U.S. and Russia, as well as Russia’s current role and influence around the world.

Philly Cocoaheads (RSVP Required, no membership required)

When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm – 9pm Where: Indy Hall Gallery What: PhillyCocoa is a Philadelphia area Mac and iPhone programming group, a chapter of the worldwide CocoaHeads. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is an interest in Apple-related technologies and moderate tolerance for geeking out.

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Member Profile:
Emma Sindelar & Petey Greene on WURD Radio

“Emma Sindelar, Director of Philadelphia operations for the Petey Greene Program, describes how incarcerated and returning citizens benefit from volunteer academic tutoring to prepare them for life outside of prison walls, in the spirit of a beloved media legend.”

Emma and her teammates have made Indy Hall their home for the last couple of years, and we are proud to hear her tell their story!

Give it a listen below:


 

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Community Picks for Alternative Pride Events: Part 3

The rainbow flag has been synonymous with Pride since Gilbert Baker brought it to San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. His original design included 8 colors representing sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity/harmony, and spirit. It’s popularity as a symbol is now a global phenomenon.

A little over a year ago Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Executive Director Amanda Hikes unveiled an additional, alternative to the rainbow flag, the usual flag with two additional stripes; one black and one brown, representing people of color who have historically been, and still are, marginalized, discriminated against, or excluded within LGBTQIA community, (especially in Philadelphia)

Hikes was quoted in a post on the Curbed Philadelphia website saying this:

“We’re proud to host this celebration for the community to come together not just for Pride, but also to reinforce our strides towards combatting discrimination within our community, honor the lives of our black and brown LGBTQ siblings, and uplift our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion within our community.”

Even though the new design that was raised in front of City Hall last year was created by Philadelphians to highlight hyper local issues, namely racism in the gayborhood, it spawned a endless wealth of controversy all over the world. People were furious, confused, insulted, indignant, and everything in between.

I remember that when I saw the design I wasn’t too happy about it. Not because I thought it was “wrong” or “divisive”, like many responses I saw. My gut reaction was that this new flag was another empty gesture, a smidgeon of effort and action towards an incredibly important goal: fostering an inclusive queer community.

So here we are, a year later. I’ve grown to like the new design, and I’m proud that Philly will boldly fly a flag with such valuable intentions and symbolism. However, there is still room for growth in the LGBTQIA community here in Philly. Luckily we don’t need to rely on politicians do to all the work for us!

There are countless ways to support diversity in Philly’s queer scene, why not start by picking one or two of these rad events happening this week?

Here’s Part 3 of your weekly picks for Alternative Pride events:


Queer Discoveries Film Series | Ma Vie En Rose

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave

Monday, June 18th, 6pm to 9pm

FREE

“Join us for a screening of Ma Vie En Rose, a coming of age drama which is trans specific (and in French w/subtitles).

Seven-year-old Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) announces to his startled parents, Pierre (Jean-Philippe Écoffey) and Hanna (Michèle Laroque), that he is in fact a girl. His parents first view his newfound taste for girls’ clothes and toys as a harmless phase, but as other neighborhood parents grow concerned — particularly Albert (Daniel Hanssens), Pierre’s prudish boss and the father of Jerome (Julien Rivière), the boy Ludovic has decided he wants to marry — they take steps to “cure” him.”


Pop-up Pride Storytime

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street

Monday, June 18th, @ 6pm

FREE

“Join us at the goat statue in Rittenhouse Square for a pop-up Pride storytime with the Book Bike!”


Drag Queen Storytime

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Avenue

Tuesday, June 19th, @ 4pm

FREE

“What could be more fabulous than having some favorite stories read by an actual Queen?  A drag queen in this case. Join Ms. Brittany Lynn at this special story time for patrons of all ages.”


Crafts for Teens

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street

Tuesday, June 19th, @ 4pm

FREE

“Teens are invited to create colorful and inspirational crafts for Pride Month!”


Publik Private (SolowFest 2018)

Panorama Philly, 5213 Gray’s Ave

Tuesday, June 19th – Saturday, June 23rd, 6:30pm

Pay-what-you-can

“Some things have to be make public – in the way that our bodies become public when we go outside… This bilingual solo performance Created and performed by Eppchez explores the lives of two trans ancestors who made space for themselves in their own absurd eras. The Darb (a modern troll like/ clownish creature…Eppchez) bears witness to gender-non-conforming historical figures, La Monja AlferĂ©z and The Publik Universal Friend. Puppetry and poetics lift up the lives of these trans ancestors in an exhilarating echoing conversation honoring their genders and refusing to look away from their transgressions.”


William Way Your Way Tour

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Tuesday, June 19th, 5:30-6:30

FREE

“Join Qunify at William Way LGBT Community Center for a 1-hour “Your Way” tour! William Way is a resource to our community. Come explore all that they have to offer. Learn about current programs, find out about future plans, hear stories from William Way’s users, and visit some of William Way’s unique spaces, including the library and archives. If you’ve ever been curious about what William Way does or the services they provide, now is the time to find out!”


Speaking Forward, Looking Back: An Intergenerational Pride Panel

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Tuesday, June 19th, 6pm

FREE

“Join us in the Skyline Room for a discussion of LGBTQIA+ history, identity, language, and what Pride means to folx from a multitude of generations at this moment. Panelists include Elizabeth Coffey Williams, Richard Moten, Ruth Thornton, and Kendall Stevens. “


Queer Discoveries Film Series | Paris is Burning

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

Wednesday, June 20th, 6pm-9pm

FREE

“Chestnut Hill Library will be showing the historic documentary film, Paris is Burning, with conversation about the film to follow.”


L’amour: Painting With a Twist

GALAEI, 149 W. Susquehanna Ave

Wednesday, June 20th, 5pm-8pm

FREE

“L’amour is a support group and sisterhood for Trans women in Philadelphia. L’amour envisions a world where Trans women can live without fear of harassment and discrimination by uplifting the narratives, lived experiences and contributions of Trans women.

Group Activity: Painting With a Twist!

Bring whatever you got in your makeup box and let’s dive into a evening of fun and laughter.

This is a CLOSED SPACE for Trans women and Non Binary people of all ages, journeys, experiences and backgrounds!”


Empowerment Self-Defense Intro Class

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Thursday, June 21st, 3pm-5pm

FREE

“Learn safety strategies and skills for situations ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault!”


Pride Night Market

Gayborhood

Thursday, June 21, 6pm-11pm

FREE

“Celebrate Pride Month at the Pride Night Market with the Food Trust. A variety of food trucks will fill the Gayborhood during this always-popular event.”


Galaei 23rd Annual Alternative Prom

William Way Community Center

Friday, June 22, 2018

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

$10 suggested donation

Youth Pride Health and Wellness Fair

Outside of Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South St.

Saturday, June 23rd, 11am-3pm

FREE

“Join CHOP for a Youth Pride Health and Wellness Fair. Music, Pretzels, SWAG and community resources will be available to participants! Free behavioral health screenings and information will be supported by Holcomb BHS.”


Philly Queer Brunch: Supporting Girls Rock Philly

Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street

Sunday, June 24, noon – 3pm

Tickets are suggested donation, $5-20

“This is an open-to-the-public potluck brunch hosted at Asian Arts Initiative. Feel free to come late and/or leave early! Bring your friends!

This month we’re raising money for Girls Rock Philly. Check out their website here: http://www.girlsrockphilly.org. “


InQueery presents: Sing-A-Long Jesus Christ Superstar

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 1542 Montgomery Ave

Sunday, June 24th, 6pm-9pm

Pay-what-you-can

“We’ll show the movie (the 2018 version with John Legend and Alice Cooper), we’ll have some refreshments for sale, you just show up and sing your heart out with a soundtrack that we all know and love (or love to hate). We’ll end the evening with our usual contemplative prayer service with special guest musician Sally Louise Polk! (a.k.a Thunder Thighs), so it’s sure to be a fabulous time.”


Low Fidelity: A queer poly hip hop dance party!

Dahlak, 4708 Baltimore Ave

Saturday, June 23rd, 10pm-2am

$5-12 donation for DJs requested

“A night celebrating radical love, Pride month, and the meeting of all bodies electric! Come solo, bring a sweetie, a triad, or more! Dress to transgress and get ready to sweat! West Philly weirdos and queerdos, it’s time to get low!”


Queer Sundays at the Saint

Saint Lazarus Bar, 102 W Girard Ave.

Sunday, June 24th, 10pm

FREE

“#saintqueer sundays at Saint Lazarus Bar, a weekly LGBQTA+ function

safer space to move and mingle for those seeking an alternative queer option for dancing, drinks, djs, dinner.”


Check back in next week for the final roundup of events! Check out Part 1, where I talk about Stonewall and the revolutionary beginnings of the Pride movement, and Part 2, where I highlight some Philly Pride history.

 

I’ve been doing some research to create list of people, places, and things that are inspirational, educational, or just fun, so that we can tap into the true meaning of pride; remembrance, celebration, and meaningful action. Let me know if there’s an event coming up that can’t be missed OR if you have educational resources to highlight in my growing list: anaia@indyhall.org

 

(The photo used in this post by Kelly A. Burkhardt Photography, found in this article in the New York Post)

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