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We Came, We Danced: Kickstarter & The Girl Walk Premiere

  1. New Projects Are Single White Females

    Every Monday, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!

    Swoon VI — The Technology Issue, by Kelly McKay

    Emerging from the depths of the City of Angels, Swoon is a publication dedicated to spreading art and ideas, in order to, well, ya know, make the world a more interesting place. Swoon's fourth issue is dedicated to techno — in a broad sense — and is set to cover everything from the Detroit-Berlin connection, former Kickstarter star Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, as well as emerging artists like Julia Holter, Stellar Om Source and Light Asylum. This makes me very happy, as both a big fan of Stellar Om Source and Julia Holter, and as a young American enamored with the world's fascination with techno music, technology, and what happens when play with the two together. Oonz oonz oonz oonz. — Mike M.

    Single White Females — Season 2, by Single White Females

    Los Angeles' Rosa Handelman and Phoebe Neidhardt have been single white femaling since their sketch comedy days at Brown. Looks like all that ivy league improv paid off, as their webseries on the absurdities of being a modern lady is pretty delightfully absurd. Their demonic SIRI episode promptly resulted in some Monday morning office LOLz plus a link fwd to my man, who insists on including his cellbot in at least 45% of our pillow talk. Oh, also "Rasputin Diva" totes made me snort out 45% of my morning coffee. That's an inside joke between me and these single white biddies. Watch "Bucket List" to knowwhati'mtalkinbout. — Elisabeth H. 

    ZigZag City Guides For Kids by, Alana Zawojski

    I am not a school-age kid going on big-city travels, but this project still caught my eye because it's so darn CUTE. This set of travel guides star Zig and Zag, a boy-girl kid-friendly duo who, through fun facts, interactive games, a colorful a pop-out map, make traveling fun and educational for kids and adults alike! — Meaghan O. 

    Three Astronauts The Opera, by Grethe Holby & Collaborators 

    So many cool things going on here: 1. Three Astronauts is a new opera; 2. The opera's based on a children's book; 3. The book is about the space race to Mars and what happens when three competing astronauts/nations arrive at the same time. Created by a team of international artists and sung in English, Russian, Chinese, and "Martian," Three Astronauts gives the space race a melody and the communication and alliances between people, nations, and universes a visual narrative. —Daniella J.


    Primetime, by Ryan Waller

    Primetime is a small, street-level project-space in Brooklyn that embraces the limitations of its size and location in order to put on engaging, innovative film screenings, book launches, artist residencies, concerts, and whatever else they dream up. Past contributors have included local/great names like Zach Baron and Jenny Mörtsell, and the future seems nothing but bright. I am a fan of physical spaces where creators and thinkers can encounter each other, and Primetime seems, for lack of a better word, "prime" for just that. I support! — Cassie M.

    The First 70, by Heath Hen Films

    Growing up in suburban California, it's sometimes hard to remember just how incredible the state's natural scenery can be. That's why you take your parents' car out to Highway 1, drive along the cliffs and through the foggy mountains and redwood forests, stopping at oyster farms and strawberry fields and the hundreds of state parks that contain them. But these parks, sadly, are being shut down by the state government, and so Lauren Valentino, Jarratt Moody, and Cory Brown are making a film about the fight to stop it. If you weren't already convinced of California's beauty and the necessity of saving its parks, watch this project video. You will be. — Nicole H. 

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  2. This Week in Kickstarter

    Busy week over at Kickstarter HQ. Earlier this week we rolled out some new features that benefit all creators. First, we pimped out the dashboard with all sorts of amazing new features. Can you say "analytics"?!?!

    THEN, we went ahead and added this sweet little preview page that you can send to your friends to get feedback before you launch. We were pretty excited about both, so we had a party. And that party just so happened to be the premier of Girl Walk // All Day. It.Was.Awesome. Photographic evidence above, and below. Big thanks to Jacob Krupnick, Anne Marsen, John Doyle, Dai Omiya and the rest of the Girl Walk crew, the Joshua Light Show, Mister Saturday Night and our very own Kendel Ratley for putting together such a magnificent evening. 

    While we were busy dancing, others were, well, being a little more productive, as evidenced by a couple of choice updates this week. The guys behind the Trebuchet have been packaging their, um, trebuchets and are preparing to send out 250 this week, with more to follow. In the meantime, they posted this badass update which finds Marshall cleaning the 11,500 counterweights needed for the project. Oddly enough, this is not a still from an episode of Breaking Bad

    All that acetone got you thinking about a seasonal feast? Same here! Which is great, as we've got a curated page that is sure to inspire you to create the best holiday feast this side of the Mississippi (whichever side your on). Head on over to our Learn to Cook page to ensure that your holiday feast doesn't end up like an episode of Hell's Kitchen

    In other project update amazingness, Tom & Dan from the Cosmonaut (formerly known as the artists behind the Glif) posted this beautiful behind the scenes video of the manufacturing of the Cosmonaut. Mr. Rogers even makes a special appearance. WARNING: This video may make you a bit teary-eyed. 

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