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Sep
3
Thu
Veritas GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Veritas Prep was the first to require all GMAT prep instructors to score in the 99th percentile on the official exam, but that’s the minimum requirement to even apply for a teaching job. A candidate earns an interview by demonstrating teaching experience and a history of helping others. What makes someone Veritas Prep instructor material – and what all our instructors have in common – is proving the ability to teach students how to master the GMAT and to do so with passion and fun. To see who is teaching your own class, find a course near you.

Sep
4
Fri
Morning Panel Discussion @ BLANKSPACES: Santa Monica
Sep 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Join us for breakfast as we discuss varies topics:
– Legal
– Accounting & Finance
– Recruiting

 

TriNet provides HR solutions to small and midsize businesses so you can focus on what your company does best. Our bundled HR products, TriNet Cloud applications and strategic services simplify your HR. Tailored by industry, TriNet’s bundled HR products cover the core services of payroll, benefits, risk & compliance, an HR team and a cloud platform. TriNet partners with more than 11,000 clients in a variety of industries (as of 3/31/15). We managed more than $25 billion in payroll and payroll taxes in 2014. – See more at: http://www.trinet.com/#sthash.EpLsoHdy.dpuf

Sep
6
Sun
Script Anatomy: Advanced TV Comedy Pilot Lab 2 @ BLANKSPACES: Mid-Wilshire
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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This 2 week prep + 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 students and is run like a professional writers room.

During lab, you will develop and write your material at the demanding pace expected in a professional environment using Script Anatomy tools.  All classmates are required to devote outside class time to homework, writing and, at certain points along the process, actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week.  In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job.  Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, Pilot Lab includes writing and business topic lectures.  This unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

LIMIT: 8 Writers

Prerequisite: Televisionary Writers Workshop

Sep
8
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Sep 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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This gathering is about peer mentorship. It is an opportunity for you to share with your colleagues something you’re interested in, whether it be to get feedback on a project, practice for an interview, to demonstrate a proficiency you can share with the community e.g. you do killer infographics, workflows or usability reports; discuss how to work with other professional teams, practice presentation skills – you can make it whatever you want it to be! Participation will be highly encouraged, but not required.  Our sole purpose for gathering is to support one another in our professional growth.

If you are

• an independent consultant looking for a second (friendly) opinion

• looking for project collaborators

• working on amping up your portfolio

• just getting started in your career as a UX designer

• a seasoned professional who’d like to help others grow in their careers

• interested in upping the stakes in your involvement in the community

or just curious what this is all about, please join us at the UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship event at BLANKSPACES in DTLA!

Be creative and use this time for whatever you need to move forward in your career.  Everyone is welcome: designers, user researchers, content strategists, developers, project managers, entrepreneurs and others.

Time for individual presentations to the group will be divided based on attendance so please be prepared to be flexible in your presentation time as it will be somewhere between  5 to 10 minutes.  After the presentations we’ll have 60 minutes to mingle, collaborate, and connect with the people who most resonated with you, or work a bit on a project and get more feedback before the night ends.

6:30 doors open, set up

7:00 Structured group critiques, inspired by Lane Haley’s presentation on “Structured UX Design Critiques

8:00 Everyone is a Peer Mentor, inspired by Chris Chandler’s and Lynn Boyden’s presentation “Other People’s Problems

9:00 wrap up

Please bring a project, portfolio or even just your resume to practice presenting and getting feedback on. Don’t miss this opportunity, bring business cards and be prepared to make lasting relationships.

 

 

PARKING LOT (CREDIT CARDS & CASH)
530 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This lot has an automated exit and accepts both Mastercard and Visa. They usually are open 24-hours. But, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $7 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlaspringparking

PARKING LOT (CASH ONLY)
512 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Conveniently located right behind BLANKSPACES DTLA. This lot accepts cash only but sometimes closes at 8PM. So, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $5 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlametroparking

 

 

 

Sep
10
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Mid-Wilshire space for a day of free coworking!

Sep
12
Sat
Supercharging Web Applications (Advanced Level) @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

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Put the first two workshops together and build an awesome app! Get hands on building a functioning, full stack application. Deploy the app into the wild, and supercharge it with powerful Social, Machine Learning, and Big Data features.

Who’s this for:

Someone who’s familiar with Node basics and wants to get hands on with a full stack application.

What would an attendee walk away with: 

A detailed look at how modern applications leverage the current state of the art for seamless user experiences. Advanced deployment and software architecture concepts. An introduction to how UX and design are integral to an application’s user experience.

Concepts covered: 

• Scalable & secure architecture with AWS

• Promise based reference stack

• Introduction to UX

Use Case: Social invite system

Use Case: Predicting user behavior with machine learning

Use Case: Gamification with statistics

Hands-on in this workshop: 

Modern network configuration and continuous deployment using AWS, with a little help from DeployBot. Lean reference stack based on JavaScript promises. Hands on experience integrating SMS, machine learning, and big data concepts into your problem solving tool box.

What to bring:

• Laptop

• Notebook

• AWS Account

Installed Software: Node.JS & JavaScript editor of choice

Refreshments, coffee, and snacks will be provided. There will be a strict on the dot 45 minute lunch break.

Parking and Map of Venue
Here’s a map below of the venue. There’s very convenient parking near the corner of Hill and 5th avenue. It’s right behind the alley and you’d enter through Hill St. driveway.

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There are quite a few lots in the area but that’s the most convenient.

Script Anatomy: Rewrite Lab @ BLANKSPACES: Mid-Wilshire
Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Need to rewrite your spec or pilot? This class is the place to do it! Instructor Michael Perri will read, evaluate, and customize a prescription for your current draft in the first session so you know exactly what to focus on in your rewrite.

This course is perfect for students who want to re-break or re-write an existing project entirely, but aren’t quite sure where to start.

In-class lectures, exercises, and assignments will focus on:

·              Concept

·              Structuring & re-breaking

·              Character flaw, core wound, and active goal

·              Relationship dynamics & progression

·              Storylines and Arcs

·              Sequence Building

·              Scene Work Techniques

·              Dialogue Techniques

·              Polishes

·              Implementing Theme, and more…

 

COST: $595.00

Limit 12 writers

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) & Social Media Marketing Training @ BLANKSPACES: Santa Monica
Sep 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Learn the basics of internet marketing starting with search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing in channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

    Speakers include:

    Brandon Leibowitz is hosting the SEO & Social Media courses. Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn.

    Location:

    We will be hosting the event at a location in Santa Monica at BlankSpaces in the Conference Center room.

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    1450 2nd street                                                                                                                     Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Date & Time:

    September 12, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Information:

    We highly suggest early arrival as we will be getting started immediately. We will have a 30 minute intro for everyone to introduce themselves and get to now one another. After that we will start with the speakers and then have a Question & Answer session.

    These is a parking garage (Parking Structure 6) across the street that is free for the first 90 minutes and $1 every hour thereafter. Parking Structure[masked]nd St Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sep
13
Sun
Beginner’s Photography Class @ BLANKSPACES: Santa Monica
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Become a better photographer and stop using your camera’s “Auto” mode in 1 evening.

 

 

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Have you ever wondered why after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras you still can’t get photos you’re really proud of? We’re not talking about the party snapshots you post on Facebook, but stunning landscapes that can be considered fine art and grab attention for longer than 5 seconds.

Learn to capture beautiful photos and never miss a memory again.

This 3 hour class is a crash course in digital photography. Taught in our Santa Monica studio in small groups of 15-20 students, you’ll learn what all those knobs and dials on your DSLR do, the settings to use in any lighting condition, and even what kind of camera to buy if you don’t already have one. You’ll understand concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field and shutter speed, and probably never want to use the “automatic mode” again.

No prior experience or camera equipment is necessary to attend. Just a desire to improve your photography skills. Take this class for yourself or gift it to a friend who’s got a photographic itch to scratch.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are you guys?

    We’re a team of 3 passionate photographers (2 Lindseys and William) who have taught this class since Fall 2010. Our professional experience includes landscape, fine art, architecture, food and fashion photography. Browse our main website to view some of our work.

  2. What’s the class schedule?

    This is a 3 hour class held most Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-1pm. It’s also offered on some weeknights from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The dates are scheduled approximately 1 month in advance, and more dates are added every few weeks.

  3. What’s the format of this class?

    It’s a group class held in an indoor classroom setting in groups of around 15 students.

  4. I already have some photography experience from high school, or just from playing with my camera. Will this class be useful for me?

    Yes, it could be a good refresher for you to consolidate all the bits and pieces of knowledge you’ve picked up over the years. You’ll also find plenty of inspiration (in the form of some beautiful photos) to get back into photography if you haven’t done it in a while. You get to ask any burning questions to a professional photographer. And it’s a great way to spend an afternoon in the company of other beginners and amateurs. However, if you already have a good handle on things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and manual mode, this class is probably going to be too basic for you.

  5. What kind of camera do I need to attend this class?

    Bring whichever camera you currently own. No need to buy anything special or fancy for this class. We explain the differences between simple point & shoot cameras and DSLRs, so you’ll be better informed about what kind of camera to buy, should you decide to upgrade your current one.

  6. What else should I bring to class?

    Anything you need to take notes on (pen, paper, iPad, laptop etc) and a snack or drink.

Have more questions? Please shoot us an email for a quick response (faster than calling, leaving a voicemail and waiting to hear back).

Script Anatomy: Advanced TV Comedy Pilot Lab 2 @ BLANKSPACES: Mid-Wilshire
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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This 2 week prep + 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 students and is run like a professional writers room.

During lab, you will develop and write your material at the demanding pace expected in a professional environment using Script Anatomy tools.  All classmates are required to devote outside class time to homework, writing and, at certain points along the process, actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week.  In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job.  Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, Pilot Lab includes writing and business topic lectures.  This unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

LIMIT: 8 Writers

Prerequisite: Televisionary Writers Workshop

Sep
17
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Downtown location for a day of free coworking!

Sep
19
Sat
Script Anatomy: Rewrite Lab @ BLANKSPACES: Mid-Wilshire
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Need to rewrite your spec or pilot? This class is the place to do it! Instructor Michael Perri will read, evaluate, and customize a prescription for your current draft in the first session so you know exactly what to focus on in your rewrite.

This course is perfect for students who want to re-break or re-write an existing project entirely, but aren’t quite sure where to start.

In-class lectures, exercises, and assignments will focus on:

·              Concept

·              Structuring & re-breaking

·              Character flaw, core wound, and active goal

·              Relationship dynamics & progression

·              Storylines and Arcs

·              Sequence Building

·              Scene Work Techniques

·              Dialogue Techniques

·              Polishes

·              Implementing Theme, and more…

 

COST: $595.00

Limit 12 writers

Sep
24
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Mid-Wilshire space for a day of free coworking!

Sep
26
Sat
Beginner’s Photography Class @ BLANKSPACES: Santa Monica
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Become a better photographer and stop using your camera’s “Auto” mode in 1 evening.

 

 

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Have you ever wondered why after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras you still can’t get photos you’re really proud of? We’re not talking about the party snapshots you post on Facebook, but stunning landscapes that can be considered fine art and grab attention for longer than 5 seconds.

Learn to capture beautiful photos and never miss a memory again.

This 3 hour class is a crash course in digital photography. Taught in our Santa Monica studio in small groups of 15-20 students, you’ll learn what all those knobs and dials on your DSLR do, the settings to use in any lighting condition, and even what kind of camera to buy if you don’t already have one. You’ll understand concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field and shutter speed, and probably never want to use the “automatic mode” again.

No prior experience or camera equipment is necessary to attend. Just a desire to improve your photography skills. Take this class for yourself or gift it to a friend who’s got a photographic itch to scratch.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are you guys?

    We’re a team of 3 passionate photographers (2 Lindseys and William) who have taught this class since Fall 2010. Our professional experience includes landscape, fine art, architecture, food and fashion photography. Browse our main website to view some of our work.

  2. What’s the class schedule?

    This is a 3 hour class held most Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-1pm. It’s also offered on some weeknights from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The dates are scheduled approximately 1 month in advance, and more dates are added every few weeks.

  3. What’s the format of this class?

    It’s a group class held in an indoor classroom setting in groups of around 15 students.

  4. I already have some photography experience from high school, or just from playing with my camera. Will this class be useful for me?

    Yes, it could be a good refresher for you to consolidate all the bits and pieces of knowledge you’ve picked up over the years. You’ll also find plenty of inspiration (in the form of some beautiful photos) to get back into photography if you haven’t done it in a while. You get to ask any burning questions to a professional photographer. And it’s a great way to spend an afternoon in the company of other beginners and amateurs. However, if you already have a good handle on things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and manual mode, this class is probably going to be too basic for you.

  5. What kind of camera do I need to attend this class?

    Bring whichever camera you currently own. No need to buy anything special or fancy for this class. We explain the differences between simple point & shoot cameras and DSLRs, so you’ll be better informed about what kind of camera to buy, should you decide to upgrade your current one.

  6. What else should I bring to class?

    Anything you need to take notes on (pen, paper, iPad, laptop etc) and a snack or drink.

Have more questions? Please shoot us an email for a quick response (faster than calling, leaving a voicemail and waiting to hear back).

Sep
28
Mon
Community Hack Night @ BLANKSPACES: Santa Monica
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

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Community Hack Night is back up and running at a new location! BLANKSPACES in Santa Monica has generously agreed to sponsor our meetup on a monthly basis. The space is beautiful and should be very conducive to independent work, group projects, and small talks.

Bring your laptops and something to work on (eg. projects, learning a new language, or learning to code). See you there!

What is Community Hack Night?

Community Hack Night is the last Monday of each month 7pm at BLANKSPACES. Anybody is welcome. Please come hoping to work with other interesting people, learn something, teach someone, and make new friends in the LA tech community.

Bring friends. Bring your coworkers or cofounders. If you’re a member of any of LA’s language-specific meetups, please bring members or tell your organizer to contact us to put this event on your calendar.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Note: We politely request no recruiting or recruiters. Thank you.

Oct
1
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Downtown location for a day of free coworking!

Oct
8
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Mid-Wilshire space for a day of free coworking!

Oct
13
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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This gathering is about peer mentorship. It is an opportunity for you to share with your colleagues something you’re interested in, whether it be to get feedback on a project, practice for an interview, to demonstrate a proficiency you can share with the community e.g. you do killer infographics, workflows or usability reports; discuss how to work with other professional teams, practice presentation skills – you can make it whatever you want it to be! Participation will be highly encouraged, but not required.  Our sole purpose for gathering is to support one another in our professional growth.

If you are

• an independent consultant looking for a second (friendly) opinion

• looking for project collaborators

• working on amping up your portfolio

• just getting started in your career as a UX designer

• a seasoned professional who’d like to help others grow in their careers

• interested in upping the stakes in your involvement in the community

or just curious what this is all about, please join us at the UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship event at BLANKSPACES in DTLA!

Be creative and use this time for whatever you need to move forward in your career.  Everyone is welcome: designers, user researchers, content strategists, developers, project managers, entrepreneurs and others.

Time for individual presentations to the group will be divided based on attendance so please be prepared to be flexible in your presentation time as it will be somewhere between  5 to 10 minutes.  After the presentations we’ll have 60 minutes to mingle, collaborate, and connect with the people who most resonated with you, or work a bit on a project and get more feedback before the night ends.

6:30 doors open, set up

7:00 Structured group critiques, inspired by Lane Haley’s presentation on “Structured UX Design Critiques

8:00 Everyone is a Peer Mentor, inspired by Chris Chandler’s and Lynn Boyden’s presentation “Other People’s Problems

9:00 wrap up

Please bring a project, portfolio or even just your resume to practice presenting and getting feedback on. Don’t miss this opportunity, bring business cards and be prepared to make lasting relationships.

 

 

PARKING LOT (CREDIT CARDS & CASH)
530 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This lot has an automated exit and accepts both Mastercard and Visa. They usually are open 24-hours. But, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $7 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlaspringparking

PARKING LOT (CASH ONLY)
512 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Conveniently located right behind BLANKSPACES DTLA. This lot accepts cash only but sometimes closes at 8PM. So, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $5 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlametroparking

 

 

 

Oct
15
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Downtown LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Downtown location for a day of free coworking!

Oct
22
Thu
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Free Coworking Day @ BLANKSPACES Mid-Wilshire | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us at our Mid-Wilshire space for a day of free coworking!