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Creativity is one of the most vital tools in a person’s arsenal. After all, you don’t escape from Alcatraz without taking the crap you have lying around and making it into something wonderful. This is a big part of the reason this weekly column is so dedicated to promoting the arts and sciences. (The other reason is that it’s aimed at college students; but hush now, that’s beside the point.) Inventiveness is a thing to be honed and celebrated, so here are a few methods for doing so.

The Suite 1 Gallery has announced a one-day workshop titled “Artist as Entrepreneur,” an event aimed at people who want to be self-employed in a creative field. The workshop, which will be held several times during May and June, is co-sponsored by the Cuesta College Business & Entrepreneurship Center. Topics discussed include Making Money Doing What You Love, Ensuring That Your Art is Marketable, Goals and Expectations, and several others. The event is targeted at people between the ages of 14 and 27, and is free to current Morro Bay High School students. To be contacted with finalized dates and registration information, please provide your name, address, e-mail, and age (with those under 18 also providing parents’ contact information) to suite1morrobay@gmail.com, or talk to Bill or Tracy at Suite 1 Gallery in person. The gallery is at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero, Suite 1, at the intersection of Embarcadero and Marina, on the ground floor.

Now onto the science-y side of things. Time to dust off the Victrola for another chorus of “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” ’cause we’ve got a Tomorrowland-sized helping of marvels to gape at this May 14. From 1 to 4 p.m., Cal Poly will hold its first Spectacle event to showcase innovative student projects. The creator of the event—as well as its organizer, political science student Eric Tucker—hopes it will inspire networking and collaboration across different majors and disciplines. After Spectacle, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold its second forum of the quarter from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

A toast to the quite possibly hopeful gleam that ricochets from the mind to the pen to the future—may it not lead us as far astray as Bradbury would have us believe it will. A piece of toast to the Cuesta students enduring finals week—may their complete breakfasts be as beneficial to the outcome of the testing periods as the Frosted Mini-Wheats commercials would have us believe they will.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn is creative sometimes. Send talent scouts and unsolicited donations to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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