Do wondrous things. That’s the philosophy behind Scott Priz’s DIY Circus. He believes that theatre isn’t just something trained people do on stage; theatre can be made by anyone anywhere. Everyone has an imagination; it’s just a matter of using it and having fun in the process. You don’t need a stage for any of that (though it is nice to have one). DIY Circus also believes in the importance of audience in all theatre. There doesn’t need to be a fourth wall. All actors should involve the audience and make them a co-conspirator in the performance.
Members of DIY Circus have put on their own shows throughout Chicago, even starting on a homemade stage in someone’s backyard. Today, members of DIY Circus collaborate with Pocket Guide to Hell to put on historical recreations and events in bars and parks throughout the city, such as the First Ward Ball and Chicago Children’s TV Shows.
DIY Circus is excited to return to Mini-Maker Faire. All day, DIY Circus will put on charming acrobatic performances by students from local circus school, the Aloft Loft. DIY Circus will hold workshops for kids where they learn to build scenes, learn about the structure of a play and then act. There will also be a puppet performance with a puppet making workshop. Come on by and release the inner circus performer within you!
Community Glue Workshop wants to help you fix your stuff. Or better yet,
help you learn how to fix it and assist others with their broken items. The basic idea is this: people show up to monthly events, usually at Ally Brisbin’s café Kitchen Sink, with their broken items and they are paired up with volunteer “fixers” who help to repair the item. It turns the famous Brave New World axiom on its head: Mending, not Spending. The group tries to fix a wide range of items such as toys, clothes, lamps and guitars. They once even fixed a SuperSoaker.
Ally Brisbin and Carla Bruni founded the group about a year ago with the aim of building community and encouraging sustainability. Ally believes the group helps bring neighbors together and rely on each other. Moreover, people get in touch with their own skills and possessions. Carla focuses on the sustainability aspect of the group. Too many people, even environmentally concerned ones, focus too much on disposal of old products and purchase of “green” products to deal with the greater environmental problem. Carla explains that we really can’t just spend our way out of the problem. That’s why repair is so critical.
Community Glue Workshop is excited to set up shop at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. Bring your broken stuff to get fixed at the Community Glue Workshop at Maker Faire:
- busted jewelry
- upset clothing
- broken lamps and tools
- musical instruments who have lost their voice
- other interesting tchotchke to figure out and fix!
Have you always wanted to show people that awesome thing you made that time? Or that cool thing you do? If you’ve been thinking about being a maker at the second annual Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside, now is the time to act! The Call for Makers has been extended for one more weekend, until April 30th!
Check out our list of last year’s makers for inspiration. Or bring something Chicago hasn’t yet seen!
Questions? Contact us at ChicagoNorthsideMF@gmail.com
Tickets to Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside are on sale here!
All CPS students attend FREE
Families of CPS students: $5.00 (online & door price)
Advance tickets: $5.00
Door price: $8.00
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