Everybody PK Thursday night

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PK Dayton 33 poster by Matt Kish

TEDx 5 happend last Friday. After 4 years of listening to highly produced, filter on, politically correct drivel for $50 a head, I didn’t buy a ticket. Friends tell me it was better this time. I couldn’t stand another day off work to listen to people start their presentation with “I”- and go on for 10-18 minutes talking about themselves.

On the flipside, this Thursday, you can go to an event about stories and ideas that costs NOTHING to get in, allows and encourages audience participation, and sometimes has free beer (depending on if the venue has a liquor license or not- this time, the venue does- so you have to pay).

Pecha Kucha is structured. 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The slides advance, even if the speaker doesn’t. The best presentations run like clockwork, with images supporting the narrative, and can be on any subject. Sometimes, the organizers try to plan a theme- as they will with this one, here’s their invite:

7:30pm, Thursday, October 26.
Let’s celebrate this hallowed time of year with our 33rd set of intense but transient 20x20s. Top of the Market, 32 Webster Street. There will be beer. Free to attend. Kind donations and spirits welcome.

Ancient rituals to celebrate the dead have meaning today. We love to dress, parade, feast, prank, remember past loves and tell stories in the dark. Like life, a 20×20 is fleeting, lasting a mere 400 seconds. Emcee Juliet Fromholt will be with us in the flesh to introduce these presenters:
Mary Sanders – Observing Halloween
Carolyn Bohner – Every Recipe in the Book
Angelina Hoschouer – Dayton’s Notorious Dead
Casey Moninghoff – Fermentation is our Friend
Tim Waggoner – The Art of the Horror Story
Justin Risner – The Late Great Dayton Triangles
Joy Levett – Festivals that Honor the Spirits
Tony Kroeger – Haunted Dayton
…others may walk among us…

The team that has brought you this exchange of ideas for the last 32 quarterly events was 100% South Park peeps- but, alas, two, Jill Davis and Matt Sauer are handing off their duties after this event. One of the new organizers, Katy Kelly used to live in South Park, so it sort of is still a SP thing.

If you still haven’t been to a PK night, what’s holding you back?

Why pay to hear ideas worth sharing, when you can get them for free?


Educational entertainment tonight and tomorrow in Dayton

Tonight, at about 6:30 PM at the Oakwood Wright Memorial Library in the community room, I’ll be giving an off the cuff version of the banned in Dayton TedX talk about why our elections system is broken and how we could fix it.

Wright Memorial Library is at 1776 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45419.

The group I’m speaking to is organized by Jason Liff- a friend and former client (MotoScooto- RIP). It’s a gathering of older intellectuals who still take an interest in learning. The talk is free and open to the public.

Tomorrow night, Aug 17, at 7:30 pm at the UD Roesch Library- the tallest building on campus, Pecha Kucha Dayton will have volume 32.

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Poster for Pecha Kucha Dayton Vol 32. PDF- click to download

Ten presenters talk about collecting:

Kayla Harris – Apparition Collections
Jacobee Rose Buchanan – Fantasy Costume Design
Rob Degenhart – Stories from the Self Storage Files
Teri Schoch – Collection Habits of an Artist
Christina Pereyma – Interpreting a Life from its Objects
Guustie Alvarado – Collecting Experiences for a Memoir
James Luckett – The View Behind the Cafe
Jason Harrison – The Beauty of Minimalism
Jason Antonick – A Classic Butterfly Collection
Sandy Mendelson – Life in the Liquidation Business

The event is free- Cash bar. Free parking (no passes required) in lots A, B and P.

Pecha Kucha- or PK- is 20 slides, 20 seconds each- on any subject. It’s usually family friendly, and interactive. I’ve seen the rough cut of one of the presentations and it should be awesome.

PK is produced by three South Parkians – Jill Davis, Matt Sauer and Shayna McConville It’s a program that’s global- happening in over 900 cities around the globe. Typically between 300 and 400 people show up at these 4x a year events. The location moves to expose people to different parts of the city. If you haven’t been to one, vol 32 should be a fun way to break your virginity.

After work fun in Dayton Ohio today and tomorrow and Friday

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Pecha Kucha Dayton Vol 31 poster

Actually, I lied. Tomorrow night, Thursday May 18th,  is the fun as Pecha Kucha Dayton hosts volume 31 at the Dakota Center- 33 Barnett St. at 7:30 PM. It’s a “Hack your city” edition with at least 8 or 9 interesting PK presentations, from bright, talented people. For those of you who are still living in the dark ages- PK is 20 slides, 2o seconds each- on any subject. Add in that’s it’s free, and has beer, it’s a lot of fun and brings an interesting group out.

Tonight, at 5:30, Dayton Public Schools Rookie Superintendent Rhonda Corr will be having a town hall at Belmont High School, 2615 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45420. It’s free- needs beer, and will feature one hapless superintendent trying to explain the fine mess she’s gotten the district in since her arrival last July.

Feel free to ask her about how we were broke, needing a RIF in Oct- but flush enough in February to buy out David Lawrence, or buy 115 buses. Ask her why she gave District Athletic Director Mark Baker a 2 year contract, when the dust still hadn’t settled on the Dunbar/Belmont thrown game fiasco- but, can’t and won’t give any coach anything but a last minute 1 year supplemental contract?

Or, why the district and the DEA can’t seem to make any progress on contract negotiations this year?

Or, about the real estate deals?

Or how she has an ineligible Board Member?

Or the new busing plan- which pretty much will seal the fate of the remaining specialty schools- Boys Prep, Charity Early, Rivers Edge? And how the new zones won’t guarantee a return to segregation?

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Freakshow Deluxe show Friday Night

And Friday night- if you want to be entertained yet again- check out the Freakshow Deluxe at Therapy Cafe- the “Family show” featuring the DPS student who throws knives at his sister with his parents approval.

We like to keep things fresh in Dayton.



Pecha Kucha Dayton at the Masonic

Two of my favorite things in Dayton come together Thursday 15 Dec 2016: Pecha Kucha Dayton which is presentations of 20 slides with 20 seconds each- at the Masonic Center overlooking the city.

Doors open at 7pm for tours of one of the most incredible buildings in Dayton, the presentations start at 7:30 or so (PK is pretty informal). Slight difference is that they are asking for a minimum $2 donation at the door (PK is funded totally by donations and sponsorships btw) because of issues with the Masonic’s liquor permit. For me, PK is about the presentations- but for some, the normally free beer and snacks are the draw (because the Masonic has a liquor permit- it will be cash bar for wine and beer and the catering is by Elite).

Typically they have between 8-10 speakers lined up. Some drop out at the last minute. I’m looking forward to seeing what Michael McCorkle does in his presentation about Dayton’s own, world champions, Invincible Regulating Striders drill team. Also up is my friend and fellow veteran, Zach Sliver- talking about his Dayton Inspires project. (update: he bailed)

The posted list of speakers also includes:

  • Sharon Stoltzenberger, paintings
  • Douglas Picard, baking bread + making good
  • Josher Lumpkin, board game geek
  • Jan Futrell + members of the Inventing Peace Program
  • Yetunde Rodriguez, textile art
  • John Humphries, art/design/architecture
  • Mitchell Eismont, professor of graphic design via socio-political issues

If you’ve never been to a PK night, don’t worry – the crowd is friendly and fun, and the presentations are usually interesting, thought provoking and fun- audience interaction is also welcome.

PK is a global phenomena, with over 900 cities participating. Dayton is celebrating volume 29 on the 15th. It’s produced by three South Park residents- because of course, all the cool kids live in my ‘hood.

I’ve pushed for the Dayton Public Schools to adopt PK as a way to engage students and teach them the discipline of presenting with impact. So far, no DPS administrators have come to check things out.

Parking is free- and typically, we’re done by 9:30. Bring a friend, and prepare for a good time. Next one will be in the spring. This is a quarterly roving juke joint driven by powerpoint. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter, or like them on Facebook if you want to stay in the loop.

PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 22 – Rambunctious!

Dayton Oh Pecha Kucha 22 poster by Andrew Dailey

Click on image to download full size, 11×17 pdf

If you live in Dayton and say there is nothing to do- it’s on you.
Here’s a cheap date night event that will probably overdeliver on entertainment value- based on the speakers.

Of course when an event is free (donations really keep this going)- and only held 4x a year- you should be out of excuses to attend. PK is held in over 800 cities all over the world.

I’ve told you about PK nights before- and this is no different. 20 slides, 20 seconds each- any subject. Tomorrow night- I’m in the line-up with “How to piss people off”- a subject I’m told I’m eminently qualified to speak about.

Also- my friend Bryan Suddith is sharing “Confessions of an Uber Driver.”

Connie Post who is second in command of the Dayton Daily news editorial page (yes the lower case “d” is always intentional here) and one of the best photographers I know is presenting “Designing a Positive and Blissfully Rambunctious Community Outlook” (which takes almost 20 seconds to say.)

Shelly “Glad Girl” Hulce- is presenting. She used to work for Mayor Leitzell and is well known in local music circles.

Omar Peters who is the “official face” of Dayton’s new bike share and a planner with MVRPC is presenting.

Riley Driver, the king of the Dayton Chess Club will pwn us all with his deck.

Cassie Guard is doing “Teach Her to Twirl Her Tassels and Watch Her Conquer the World!” and I’m sure there will be others just as fascinating.

Wright-Dunbar Conference Center
1100 W. 3rd St.
Dayton OH 45402

March 19, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Free, donations

via PechaKucha 20×20 – Dayton – Vol. 22 – Rambunctious!.