Calendar

Feb
11
Thu
TV Spec & Pilot Intensive @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
13
Sat
Next Stage Knowledge: HTML & CSS Beginners Coding @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The first part of the class will focus on:
What HTML and CSS is:
The structure of a webpage and how to write HTML coding language to build the basic foundation of the page.
How to use CSS to design your webpage after the basic foundation for your site has been built.
(To put it simply the HTML is the foundation of the house and the CSS is how the house looks outside)
We’ll go over the HTML and CSS tags/language definitions and when to use them.
We’ll look at how professional web designers actually think and go about designing a webpage.
The second part of the class:
This will involve building the webpage I have attached to this e-mail.
We will be doing this from scratch using the first part of this course as a foundation. The instructor will be entering the code on the large screen and
students will be following along entering the code on their computer.
We will use the text editor to build this course.
Lastly, there will be a quiz testing the attendees knowledge of the HTML and CSS terms and definitions. The quiz is an actual quiz given from a job employer.
Feb
14
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Feb
16
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES DTLA | Los Angeles | California | United States

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 30 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

8:30 Open networking

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.

Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
18
Thu
Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
21
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Feb
23
Tue
Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
25
Thu
Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
28
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Mar
3
Thu
Veritas: GMAT Prep Class @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
6
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Mar
8
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Mar 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

 

 

 

Mar
13
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Mar
27
Sun
Holiday Closure: Easter
Mar 27 all-day
Apr
12
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

dJuo7Sff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

highres_387382352

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

May
8
Sun
Holiday Closure: Mother’s Day
May 8 all-day

Closed in observation of Mother’s Day.

May
10
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES: Downtown LA
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

dJuo7Sff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

highres_387382352

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

May
28
Sat
Holiday Closure: Memorial Day
May 28 – May 30 all-day

Closed in observation of Memorial Day.