Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pecha Kucha at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts.

Pecha Kucha, which means chit chat in Japanese, is an evening of high speed series of presentations by local residents about a wide range of subjects. The talks are kept short because the Power Point Presentations can only consist of 20 slides. Presenters then only have 20 seconds to discuss each slide. In the past I had done one presentation myself and it is a challenge to edit back what can be presented. Rehearsals help in trimming the talks back. What remains is bare bones poetry.

The theme of the May 26th presentation was “We Need to Talk.” Billy Manes was a presenter on this evening. Billy was one of Orlando’s most dynamic and entertaining journalists. He says exactly what is on his mind. on this night he wore a grey suit, pink tie and a rainbow ribbon in memory of the Pulse Nightclub victims. His personal life story was instrumental in the fight for marriage equality for gay couples. Later this year, we were all shocked when he passed away.

One presentation involved picking people from the audience to give improvised presentations to 20 slides. The images were not related in any way and what people came up with to tie the slides together was hilarious.

Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham gave a joint presentation about living room theater. Jack performed on his guitar, which was a great way to tie up their presentation. One presenter talked about the Trump protests and the slide I liked the most had a protester holding a sign that said, "So bad even introverts are here."

The next Pecha Kucha night, Volume 21, will be on December 1, 2017 at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts (445 S. Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL 32801). The theme for the evening will be “Building a Better Man." Performances will be at 6 PM and 9 PM. Tickets are available now. These community events tend to sell out. Trust me, it is a great way to discover what amazing things are happening in Orlando.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

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