Living Arts of Tulsa hosts its third PechaKucha Night, a series of presentations shared at lightning speed.
Thom Crowe, co-owner of MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop, gave a 20-second presentation on the Indie Emporium craft fair at Tulsa’s first PechaKucha Night in July.
PechaKucha Night is a dream for people with short attention spans or those who dread drawn-out speeches.
Just what is PechaKucha, you ask? “Chit-chat” is the English translation of the Japanese word. It’s also a speed-sharing platform comprised of quick, simplified presentations on various topics.
Presenters show 20 images in 20 seconds, dubbed “20x20.”
PechaKucha Night originated in Tokyo in 2003 with architectural partners Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. The pair aimed to shorten PowerPoint presentation formats by talkative architects and realized the platform could be applied to any topic. PechaKucha Night has now spread to more than 500 cities globally.
Steve Liggett, artistic director of Living Arts of Tulsa, introduced PechaKucha to Tulsa in July.
“I first became aware of the PechaKucha process during the Andy Warhol Convention in San Francisco in 2010 and then at the National
Performance Network Conference in 2011 where I was asked to present one,” he says.
In March, he attended a Chicago PechaKucha Night “and decided that Living Arts should be its Tulsa home,” he says.
The third Tulsa PechaKucha Night is set for Jan. 12. Presenters are chosen by guest curators and the Living Arts PechaKucha Committee. Each person suggests a handful of individuals; then, the group votes to select the finalists.
Those attending PechaKucha Night can learn about new ideas brewing in the Tulsa area, network with the area’s creative sector or simply be inspired by the presentations, Liggett says.
“Having that many people gathered in one place for the sole purpose of hearing what others are doing to better our community (was a unique experience),” says Thom Crowe, co-owner of MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop, who presented at Tulsa’s first PechaKucha Night about Indie Emporium, the art and crafts fair he co-founded.
“The opportunity to share the hard work we have put in to promote the Tulsa art and crafts scene and interact with others — some of whom were unfamiliar with our event/shop — was amazing,” Crowe says. “We had so many people who came to our event or our shop and told us they learned about what we are doing (at PechaKucha Night).”
1/5-6 Monster Jam
Grab the kids and your earplugs for an evening of Monster Jam at the BOK Center.
Be prepared to witness car-crushing entertainment with incredible races and stunts. Visit www.monsterjam.com for details on the “Pit Party,” where Tulsans will have the opportunity to meet the drivers of these massive rigs.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday; shows begin an hour after doors open. Tickets are available at the BOK Center box office, 200 S. Denver Ave.; at www.tickets.com; or by calling 866-7-BOK-CTR. Cost is $25, adults; $5, children ages 2-12; and $35, priority seating.
1/11-13 Tulsa Remodel & Landscape Show
Need some inspiration for your next home project? The Tulsa Remodel & Landscape show transforms the Tulsa Convention Center into a one-stop home design headquarters. See the newest trends and innovations in the industry as well as hundreds of exhibitors showcasing services and products available to help redesign and recreate a home’s interior and exterior. From the professional
contractor to the novice do-it-yourselfer, there is something for everyone.
The show is at the Tulsa Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall C, 100 Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Convention Center box office. Cost is $4, adults; and free for children under 18.
1/22-27 “Jekyll & Hyde”
Celebrity Attractions presents Frank Wildhorn’s musical production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s infamous split-personality character, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Among the expected personality shifts, scientific experiments and bloodshed, the musical takes on a high-tech approach injected with an enticing love story. Constantine Maroulis, Tony Award nominee and American Idol star, plays the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. The show is recommended for ages 15 and older.
Tickets are available at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center box office, 101 E. Third St.; or at www.myticketoffice.com.