14th PechaKucha Night C-U set for Friday

14th PechaKucha Night C-U set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The 14th PechaKucha Night C-U will take place Friday evening at the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. It will feature presentations from eight creative folks, among them filmmaker/artist Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") as well as music from DJ Mertz.

Ralph Roether, a graphic designer who lives in Champaign, will be the emcee. The doors will open at 7 p.m.; presentations will start at 8:20.

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create community exchanges of information.

Each presenter shows 20 images and is given 20 seconds per image to share his or her ideas, work and passion for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds flat.

The presenters and the programs Friday:

— Lindsey Gates-Markel and Andrew Schiver: "Professional Amateurs."

— Esteban Gast: "Making Goodness Attractive."

— Anna Gutsch: "I see colors."

— Joanne Manaster: "The History of Fashion and Science in Parallel."

— Shawna Martell: "Pursuing the Pre-Fab Four."

— Nina Paley: "Make Art Not Law."

— Tyler Penrod: "PechaKucha with a Vampire."

— Joe Taylor: "My Friend Bill."

Admission to the 14th PechaKucha C-U is $5. People must be 19 and older to enter; some of the presentations have mature content.

Space is limited. To buy tickets in advance, visit thehighdive.com/calendar/pecha-kucha-night-vol-14.

For more on PechaKucha worldwide, visit topechakucha.org/. For more on C-U's PechaKucha, visit pechakucha.org/cities/champaign-urbana.

People interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night C-U may email the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization at pechakuchaCU@thecudo.org.