Presenters will share their interests at PechaKucha

Presenters will share their interests at PechaKucha

CHAMPAIGN — Presenters will talk about their passions during PechaKucha C-U Volume 11 on Friday at Parkland College.

They include Parkland President Tom Ramage, whose topic is "Extreme Paintball." The other presenters and their talks:

— Luke Boyce: "5 Movies That Literally Changed the World."

— Vanessa and Doug Burgett: "20 Collaborations x 20 Days."

— Michael Coulter: "Ideas, and How to Stop Them."

— Jonas Dees: "If your jeans could talk would you like what they have to say?"

— Raeann Dossett: "Information Apocalypse!"

— Rebecca Grosser: "World's Fastest Sing-Along."

— Kaizad Irani: "The Inner Sanctum: Sacred Spaces and Healing Spaces."

— Jennifer Smith: "Learning to Live Legendary."

— Cathie Stalter: "Cars, Cars, Cars."

The show will start at 8:20 p.m. in the Parkhill Applied Technology Center, with the doors opening at 7:30. Admission is free. Organizers say the content is mature and recommend the event for people 18 and older.

Michael Morgan will return as emcee, and representatives of WPCD 88.7-FM radio will DJ through the night. Elsinore's Ryan Groff will perform after the show.

PechaKucha Night was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture) in Tokyo, where the first one took place in 2003. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format in which each presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and talks about each one.

Since it started, PechaKucha has spread to almost 500 cities worldwide.

People interested in presenting at future PechaKucha nights may contact Katie Harrell, co-organizer, at or Patty Lehn at 353-2682 or

For information on PechaKucha, visit or

If you plan to attend, RSVP to the local PechaKucha Facebook page at

PechaKucha Night C-U Volume 11 is sponsored by The I.D.E.A. Store and its Hatch: A Creative Reuse Art Festival; Unisource;WPCD; and Bugbee's DJ Plus. The evening will be hosted by Parkland and the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization.

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rsp wrote on February 03, 2013 at 3:02 pm

If you plan to attend, RSVP to the local PechaKucha Facebook page at

So if you're not on facebook you can't come. I'm so tired of all these things connecting comments and participation to whether or not you belong to facebook. 

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on February 03, 2013 at 8:02 pm
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I'm sorry I'll be in Minneapolis, and unable to watch Jennifer Smith. She's like a superhero to me. 

Dan Newman wrote on February 04, 2013 at 9:02 am

You don't have to RSVP to attend (everyone is welcome)! And you can get all the event details without going on Facebook... visit for more info.