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New in town – Pecha Kucha

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 am with No Comments »
May 28, 2009 11:18 am

Heard of Pecha Kucha? It started in Japan, spread to 200 other cities, and has been in Seattle for a while – and next Wednesday it’s coming to Tacoma.

So what’s Pecha Kucha? Pronounced peh-cha ka-cha, it’s the Japanese word for chit-chat, or conversation. According to local organizer Marianne Wombacher at BCRA Design, it began in Japan in 2003 as a meeting-place for creative people to network and show work. Says Wombacher: “Each presenter is allowed 20 images, 20 seconds per image, giving 6 minutes and 40 second for each presentation with no go back or pauses and definitely no do-overs.” Sounds like a mini-Slide Slam, but way more comfortable, and with alcohol.

A recent Pecha Kucha night was held at Seattle’s Ouch My Eye gallery, and now it’s here in Tacoma. The first PK night is next Wednesday, June 3 at the New Frontier Lounge.

Volume 01 celebrates our hometown and those who influence it. Presenters are Jennifer Adams, Beautiful Angle, Oliver Dorris, Lisa Fruichantie, Elias Hansen, Rachel Moorehead, Chris Sharp, Michael Sullivan, Jennifer Weddermann-Hay, Shannon Eakins and Marc Dombrosky. That’s a good portion of T-town’s art scene all in one hit, and apart from anything else, it should be a great party.

More information is at www.pecha-kucha.org, on the Tacoma link. The New Frontier Lounge is at 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma. Pecha Kucha starts at 5:30 p.m. It’s free, but you should probably buy a drink.

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