Slip Casting and Casting On, Wildfowl Expo, Screamfest and Dine’ Fair

October 10, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Featured Drinks of the Week: SmartPower makes for a great addition to any cocktail. Our bartender came up with some wicked tasty drinks using SmartPower as a base. Pass one around, your friends will love you foreva: Absolute Power, Blue Lightning, and for all you purists out there, here’s a SmartPower straight up. Other new drinks include: Flaming Sambuca, Mudslide, Polar Bear, Schnapps, and per your requests in the forums, we updated the Springbokkie.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
It’s Halloween month, and you can dress up and be an artist this year. Willoughby and Baltic, purveyors of fine art with science and technology themes in Massachusetts, is offering a workshop in which you will work in a shop with neoprene. Neoprene in liquid form is used for making objects that need to be durable and lightweight, and this class will teach you the basics of making hollow objects. After class, you can tell everyone the real name of that skill: slip casting. All materials are included in the fee and don’t wear your $200 jeans, duh, think like a 5-year-old and wear hella old clothes AND a smock. So what are you gonna make? A mask, a puppet or a prop?

Thursday
Time to gather your needles and head over to Stitches East at the Baltimore Convention Center to shop for gorgeous, warm yarn, and lots of it so you can hibernate all winter long beneath your various projects. You say you don’t know a circular from a bamboo needle yet? Who cares, the people running this gig know and they can teach you. No need to shop for a scarf in just the right color now and it’s a good thing this event returned to its traditional mid-October timeframe so you have lots of time to felt things for the holiday gift-giving that’s a mere two months away, depending on which holiday you celebrate.

Friday
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (named after the Ward brothers of Maryland who turned decoy carving into a form of fine art) is hosting the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo this weekend. This two-day event kicks off today, with a silent decoy auction of course, and continues with an Eastern Shore pig roast. But tomorrow, tomorrow is the big day with the Chesapeake Challenge, a decoy competition with floating, shorebird and woodpecker divisions. Admission to the museum and event is free. Quack Quack.

Saturday
Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood has the glory and guts when they host the Screamfest Horror Film Festival: “Discovering the new blood of horror and honoring the masters.” Get your scream ready with a Ricola, down a few Jagerbombs and then go freak out with your friends. The festival runs through the 21st but if you go tonight, you can catch “Coming to Town” about a deranged Santa named Klaus and his psychotic elves who come to the rescue of a little girl who needs revenge on her bullies. Bring on the automatic weapons, blood, WWI gas masks and drunken elves. Ho Ho Ho.

Sunday
One of the biggest Native American gatherings in Arizona is the former Western Navajo Fair, now called the To’Nanees’Dizi Dine’ Fair (Dine — “din-eh” — is how members of the Navajo tribe refer to themselves). There will be traditional song and dance including a yei-be-chei, an inter-tribal pow wow, native foods, a rodeo and a parade. The song and dance was originally a get-together for couples but they are now largely social occasions for friends and family to get together with competitions and prize money. The difference between that and a pow wow is a pow wow includes contestants from different tribes for the competitions. A yei-be-chei is a part of a nine-day ceremony after the first frost of fall has passed and it is a healing ceremony. Now that you’re a little caught up on your Navajo history, get over to Tuba City for some fry bread.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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