Beth Voigt's Posts

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Kitchen Lab: So a Lemon Walks Into a Bar…

I don’t know where it came from, but I had a sneaky craving for lemon bars a week or so ago. Sneaky in that it kinda crept up on me, like, “Oh, those might be a good thing to eat soon,” and then after a while I was Googling bakeries. They’re not exactly the easiest thing to find off-the-shelf, so I thought I’d find out how to make them myself. Turns out they’re ... »

sheet of white foamcore on a table, with a roll of tinfoil, roll of black duct tape, glue stick, X-Acto knife and silver embroidery floss on top and a green, gridded cutting mat underneath

Do You Want to Build a Costume?

This year was only my second CONvergence and SkepchickCon, and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked. I felt a bit left out last year because I didn’t have any awesome costumes like the rest of my fellow Labbers, so I brilliantly decided that 8:30pm two days before I was supposed to leave was a BRILLIANT time to decide “yes, costumes now!” I wanted to do something new. I mean, I... »

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Hey, everyone! I’m literally writing this in the car on my way to CONvergence with Ashley, and I’m super-excited to see everyone. And their costumes! There are always really creative people at CONvergence, and that means fantastic costumes. I’ve got a few riding in my suitcase right now… And like many costumers heading to a con, they’re in varying stages of readiness.... »

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Art Inquisition: Is Climate Change a Bummer?

Amid the hubbub of their grand opening, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science lost part of one of their displays. On climate change. And their grand opening was in 2012. The still-missing panel, titled “Changing Climate,” states that “Volcanic eruptions and burning fossil fuels increase the amount of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. This warms the Earth and can caus... »

Art Inquisition: What Art You Doing This Summer?

Art Inquisition: What Art You Doing This Summer?

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Chicago we might actually be starting to get into summer. Which means FESTIVALS! Art and bacon and crafting and dancing and eating and food trucks and all the great, distracting things that make summer hoppin’. I’m lucky enough to live somewhere that I can pick and choose what I want to get out to see, knowing that ther... »

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Art Inquisition: Separation of Art and Artist

TW: sexual assault. (This is the part where I add some words to make sure the really awful ones don’t show up in the post preview. Here, watch this awesome non-sequitur video of Neil deGrasse Tyson dancing first. Go grab a snack or a comfortable pillow to punch.) A few weeks ago, street artist David Choe (who I’d never heard of until this incident) may or may not have admitted on his p... »

closeup of chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Kitchen Lab: Chi-rish Cupcakes That Did Not Bomb

Even while I was bartending, I thought the idea of a shot named the “Irish Car Bomb” was a little… rude. Offensive. Insensitive, at least. “Har har, all of these ingredients are Irish, and you drink the shot in a way that’s called a “bomb,” and those Irish folks are always blowing each other up with cars! HAR!” Now granted, being from Detroit, I may ... »

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