Friends of Downtown’s popular lunchtime programs are usually held the first Thursday of the month, in the Chicago Cultural Center.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 12:15
Chicago Cultural Center | Millennium Room
Presenters: Patrick McBriarty
Learn how Chicago became the Drawbridge Capital of the World. Author Patrick McBriarty will talk about Chicago’s bridges and personal journey leading to a book of the same title on the importance of the bridges in the development of the Windy City--from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic steel and concrete spans crossing the Chicago River today.
Over a decade ago Patrick McBriarty discovered a new focus and fascination for Chicago’s bridges resulting is his first book, Chicago River Bridges from the University of Illinois Press, which released in October 2013. Partnering with Chicago filmmaker Stephen Hatch they co-created and independently produced the documentary, Chicago Drawbridges, which was broadcast on Chicago public television in the spring and summer of 2013. Besides bridge talks and book signings, Patrick is currently working on a series of children’s picture books to share his enthusiasm and excitement for bridges with a smaller audience. For more information, see ChicagoDrawbridges.com and PTMWerks.com.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Flashpoint Academy at 25 N. Clark, 4th floor.
A reception and tour of the downtown Chicago school where video games, animation, film/broadcast production skills and movie special effects are born - Flashpoint Academy.
Flashpoint Academy is one of Chicago's newest centers of higher education. Flashpoint's students focus only on what is necessary to develop careers as game developers, computer animators, film makers or sound engineers. Only two years old, the Academy already has 600 students in its Chicago Loop "campus" and expects to grow to 1000 students soon.
Come and see demonstrations of the latest technologies that are being used for today's and tomorrow's entertainment and game industries.
As a bonus, you'll be surrounded by the impressive and extensive modern art collection of Academy President Howard Tullman that adorns the hallways of Flashpoint.