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Make Your Own Zine + Whipper Snapper Nerd Book Signing

March 31, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 pm

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Selection of zines by Creativity Explored artists

Make Your Own Zine

Join "zinemaster" Jaime Crespo and several CE artists for this drop-in workshop to create your own self-published zine.

Inspired by Whipper Snapper Nerd, the art zine series that was started over 25 years ago by Harrell Fletcher and Elizabeth Meyer, this program will show you how to create a zine and circulate your values not covered regularly by mainstream media. 

Zine-making is a great way to produce new and alternative works of art and design, and collect and share existing, but underappreciated work with other creatives and enthusiasts. Whether you decide to incorporate a hand-crafted element or focus your content on a niche audience, this informative and fun workshop will allow you to create your own print media.

Beginners Welcome!

Whipper Snapper Nerd Book Signing

Co-curator/editor Elizabeth Meyer and featured Creativity Explored artists will be signing copies of the new Whipper Snapper Nerd book throughout the zine-making workshop.



About Whipper Snapper Nerd (the book)

Whipper Snapper Nerd is an unexpected compilation of divergent artwork and writing created by ten Creativity Explored artists. Originally appearing in the 1990s as small-edition photocopied zines produced by Harrell Fletcher and Elizabeth Meyer, each of the first eight issues was devoted to an individual artist, including Michael Bernard Loggins, James Miles, John Patrick McKenzie, Barbara Doehrman, David Jarvey, Andrew Li, Robert Margolis, and Diane Scaccalosi. Celebrating the original Whipper Snapper Nerd's 25th anniversary, this snappy compilation also includes excerpts from two new zines featuring work by Gerald Wiggins and Christina Marie Fong.

About Jaime Crespo

Crespo is an American multi-artist, musician, and writer of Mexican/Yaqui descent. He is best known for the underground comic strips Tales From the Edge of Hell and Slice O' Life/Slices, as well as the comic books Narcolepsy Dreams and Numb Skull. Crespo is currently the creator of the comic book Tortilla and is working on his first graphic novel Turk Street Serenade, an account of his time as a janitor/maintenance man at a San Francisco SRO hotel in the mid-1980s.

Crespo's work has appeared in numerous publications such as the SF Bay Guardian, the North Bay BohemianSnickerX-RayBagazineDeadbeatLa Voz de Puerto RicoPrism (NYC), Harpoon and many others. He is also a recurring participant in the Latino Comics Expo. 

About Elizabeth Meyer
Whipper Snapper Nerd co-curator and co-editor Elizabeth Meyer has worked in programming and development at several Bay Area arts and media organizations, including Artists’ Television Access, Independent Television Service, and Not In Our Town. She currently serves as Grants Officer at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 

Event Details

Saturday, March 31, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(in the Creativity Explored studio) 

* Drop-In Workshop (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
* Whipper Snapper Nerd Book Signing

Free and open to the public
 ($5 materials donation suggested)
* Adults and kids welcome




Whipper Snapper Nerd Opening Reception

March 29, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Whipper Snapper Nerd, 1993 by John Patrick McKenzie (Issue #3), inspired the title of the zine series

Join us for the opening reception of Whipper Snapper Nerd!

Guest curators Harrell Fletcher and Elizabeth Meyer return to Creativity Explored to revisit their popular Whipper Snapper Nerd zine series.

Launched 25 years ago as a project to raise awareness of the lives and work of CE artists, Whipper Snapper Nerd is a self-published magazine or zine. Each issue is devoted to one artist and includes selections of their work and an interview.

The exhibition looks back at the original eight issues of the zine and celebrates two new ones devoted to current artists Christina Marie Fong and Gerald Wiggins. This retrospective coincides with a new book, featuring selections from all 10 issues of the zine produced to date.

Combining original artwork, zine excerpts, and videos created with CE artists, Whipper Snapper Nerd is not to be missed!

Featured artists include Barbara Doehrman, Christina Marie Fong, David Jarvey, Andrew Li, Michael Bernard Loggins, Robert Margolis, John Patrick McKenzie, James Miles, Diane Scaccalosi, and Gerald Wiggins.

Curated by Harrell Fletcher and Elizabeth Meyer

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Keep the Change – San Francisco Film Screening & Community Q&A

March 27, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Roxie Theater

3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us for a Community Q&A following the screening of the film Keep the Change with AASCEND and Superfest Film Festival!

Visual Arts Instructor Joseph McGovern will discuss our wonderful community as it relates to this NY Times Critics Pick film. 

About the film
When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like.

Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film’s warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

Written and directed by Rachel Israel. 2017. HD Digital. 94 mins.

NYTimes Critics Pick! “A landmark motion picture. It deserves to be seen widely.”

“A refreshing love story that takes its autistic protagonists on their own terms.” Hollywood Reporter

Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
7:00 pm

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