PechaKucha set for Friday

URBANA — Champaign Mayor Don Gerard will be among the 10 presenters at the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization's PechaKucha Night C-U on Friday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The free event will start at 8:20 p.m. Friday in the Krannert Center lobby. The doors will open at 7:30.

In addition to 10 presenters, the night will feature DJ Mertz spinning at Stage 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and beer specials through the night. Michael Morgan will emcee the event, which is recommended for mature audiences.

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha has become an international phenomenon that uses a simple concept to create community exchanges: Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, work and passions, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds flat.

Gerard's presentation is titled "Dr. Strangeglove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Hitting Curve Balls and Love Municipal Government)."

The other presenters:

— Baub Alred: "The Desensitization of the Curse Word."

— Rebecca Blachly: "Hip-hop, the Pentagon, and Me."

— AJ Christensen: "Physics and Purpose."

— Julia Govis: "Farm to School."

— Michael Kilby: "Words, Art, T-shirts?"

— Chris Lukeman: "Giant Robots, Vampire Lincoln and a Mummy: Indie Filmmaking in Champaign."

— Maurice Meilleur: "Three Pretty Cool Things You Probably Didn't Know About Letters and Type."

— Andrew Voris: "Stand-up Comedy."

— Matt Wiley: "Gadgets, Inventions and Other Random Things to Change the World."

The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization is a professional organization for C-U graphic designers. It was formed in early 2009 by Maya Bruck, Madelin Woods and Christina Wondra. The organization aims to create community, encourage networking and foster inspiration.

In addition to hosting PechaKucha Night C-U, the organization hosts speaker events, workshops, design chats and other events. Visit http://www.thecudo.org for more information.

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