Being an adult is no fun at all — unless you can figure out how to be an adult like a kid. Worms! Homemade robots! A sweet new ride for the boardwalk! Delights abound, and there’s plenty to share.
This week’s Dark Rye episode on pivot brings you “Childhood” through the minds of some of our favorite experts in childishness. See it tonight, Wednesday April 16, on pivot network at 11:30pm ET/ 8:30pm PT. What channel is pivot on? Find pivot in your area: getpivot.tv.
This week's episode is a crash course in seeing, doing, and making stuff that’ll bring play back into even the stodgiest of untapped, adult lives:
At This Very Moment: Mike Kus is one of the most-followed non-celebrity, non-professional, non-corporate photographers on Instagram. He sees unintentional opportunity, comedy, beauty, personality, and story everywhere. “It doesn’t take much to wake up,” he says — and he shows us how. See him in action and you’ll see the world differently. Pinky swear.
Make: Mark Frauenfelder, demigod of DIY, is on a grown-up mission to reconstitute play. He and his daughters are roamers, engineers, sci-fi evangelists, curiosity-sparkers, authors, skateboard-builders, and believers in all things fantastic. Plus he’s got a sandwich guitar.
The Massachusetts Avenue Project: The Growing Green Massachusetts Avenue Project in Buffalo, NY turns wayward kids into wild urban farmers looking to change the face of food. When the ghosts of vacant lots are jury-rigged into gardens, whole communities thrive. Farm evangelist Diane Picard: “It’s all very new for them, but we get them into the worms and the mud on the first day. They look at us and say, ‘You want me to do what?’ but six weeks later, they’ll be smiling.”
Life is heady stuff, but if you approach it like play — like a kid — the opportunities for discovery, fun and adventure are endless. “It opens up the world in a different way,“ says Mark. Then he throws his sandwich guitar over a shoulder and skateboards off into the sunset. This is what it looks like to rebuild, DIY-style, the meaning of “grown-up”. Catch Dark Rye on pivot.
Dark Rye is the Whole Foods Market mixtape. An online magazine where we bring together unconventional pioneers, and it’s loud and kind of raucous — a how-to, a recipe book, a counter-convention dose of sass and entrepreneurialism. It’s now also airing Wednesdays on pivot at 11:30pm ET / 8:30pm PT.