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  1. Magic Monday

    It’s a gray, rainy day here in New York, and my cup of coffee’s begging for something fun and fantastical to complement. Find yourself in the same boat? I’ve noticed several projects that can offer a brief escape as they transport you to a dreamland of the creator’s imagination. So take a ride with me through a few of our more whimsical, fairy-tale-inspired projects as you slowly regain consciousness this Monday.

    Alexis Gideon - Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong

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    Go ahead, lose yourself in this video of green monkeys and pastel dragons for a few minutes. Slowtrain Records is creating a multimedia video opera based on a 16th-century Chinese novel, and the quirky teaser offers an audio-visual feast.

    The Handsome Little Devils are going BIG for the Big Apple!

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    Speaking of visual feasts, you can count on theater group Handsome Little Devils for a Vaudevillian spectacular like no other. Squirm Burpee is their quirky, circus-infused theatrical extravaganza, and audiences should expect nothing short of a contraption-riddled, expectation-breaking, object-manipulating, standing-ovation-inducing affair (their words!).

    New Music and Video Art CD/DVD project

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    Turn off all the lights and watch this video on full screen, with some good speakers if you can. Patrick Liddell puts his music to video art, creating a mysterious fantasy land of dancing piano keys, woodwind melodies, and escapist animated sequences.

    Animalia Animation

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    Animalia began as a multi-media performance, and now the story is being turned into a unique animation and printed book. The visuals truly look like illustrations peeling out of pages and coming to life, and the music will put you in an otherworldly daze.

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  2. Kickstarter Projects Live at Maker Faire NYC

    Maker Faire NYC is this weekend at the New York Hall of Science, and Kickstarter will be representing in full force. We’ll be hanging out at our booth with lots of goodies to share (Kickstarter buttons!), so come by and say hi.

    You also won’t want to miss any of these amazing Kickstarter projects at the fair:

    Pop-up Art Studio’s Papermaking Workshop

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    The Pop-Up Art Studio will show you how to make paper out of things like bananas and onions — fun! Can’t make it out? You can still support the project here.

    ModKit Demonstrates DIY Electronics

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    ModKit will show you how to use their graphical programming interface to build electronics like motors, sensors, lights, sound, and the popular Arduino and Arduino compatible development boards. You can also support them here.

    The Lifesize Mousetrap’s Rube Goldberg-style Kinetic Sculpture

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    Watch the Life Size Mousetrap in action. It’s a 16 piece, 50,000-lb. interactive kinetic sculpture set atop a 6,500-square-foot game board. Wow!

    A Muscle Wire Demonstration

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    Learn how to make cool stuff with muscle wire, a unique metal that bends when an electrical current is applied.

    Kickstarter at Maker Faire

    Our very own Perry Chen will be speaking on the Maker Square Stage, as well as participating on a panel discussion about creative businesses.

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