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Fri Dec 08 // 6:00 pm

Pregame Your Brain: Smarts and Crafts

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Get some post-work drinks in your face, and some brand new knowledge in your brain! Several stations of experts on the week’s theme will be set up around the bar – grab a drink, and choose your own adventure. Each expert has a 10 minute speed-lesson, so you can get the basics or go deep.  Each week features experts on a different topic, so come back next week for all-new stuff!

This week's theme: SMARTS AND CRAFTS

Love crafts, but get annoyed at how scientifically inaccurate they are? SAME, BRO. Welcome to Smarts and Crafts, where all the crafts are based in science.


Evie Alexander

Learn about how important diatoms are to aquatic ecosystems and our atmosphere while making a giant, geometrically accurate replica out of some clay and paint. And you know it’ll be during happy hour, right?

Currently a science teacher at the Professional Children’s School, Evie started off her science career setting ants on fire in Taiwan. During her research heyday, she worked on various projects, from identifying Listeria in cow manure to breeding stallions for an immunological study. After graduating Cornell, she moved to Texas to work at the University of San Antonio Health and Science center. There, she was involved in a wide range of studies (drug development to dental implants) on a wide range of animals (rhesus monkeys to goats and dogs), but ultimately, horrible allergies relegated her interests to microscopic critters. She moved to NYC five years ago and has been using her love of microorganisms to develop a hands-on project-based curriculum to (hopefully) inspire a love of science in her kids.


Allison Howe & Rachel Wixom

Jungian Drawing and Bad Body Art
Fill out a classic Jungian quadrant drawing and learn what your art reveals about your psyche. Once you've learned your own darkest secrets, get a magic marker tattoo on a science theme of your choosing.

Allison Howe is a writer and science enthusiast, creator of interactive silliness such as The Disappointing Nature Center and High Absurdity Interval Training. Rachel Wixom is a logistics professional and is obsessed with medical videos on Youtube.

Robby Kraft


Up your paper snowflake game and learn to make realistic snowflakes! We'll begin with quick tips for folding a hexagon and learn the bases for 4 snowflake types: stellar and sectored plates, dendrites, and ferns. We'll learn tips like the 60 degree rule and talk about ice crystal formation and how to add complexity that mimics the manner in which real snowflakes grow.

Robby Kraft is an creative engineer and professor at Parsons School of Design and the School for Poetic Computation. He codes creative interactive visualization tools and installations, and works on new forms of origami and the mathematics of folding.


Jana Grcevich

Gas Giant Paper Marbling

Jana is a data scientist and has a PhD in astronomy. She is interested in the intersection of astronomy, art, and data visualization. Jana is the co-author of the Vacation Guide to the Solar System (which you can pick up at Caveat!).



First 100 tickets include a free drink!