This week's "City Focus" travels to Atlanta, Georgia, where a look at the city page reveals a growing archive of fantastic presentations, assuring that the city's creative scene is properly celebrated. Atlanta's PechaKucha Night Vol. 23 is set for August 24.

"As you all know, biking is a powerful tool -- a magical tool -- and we use it here within the Black community to create change."

Zahra Alabanza describes herself as a magical being: a unicorn. In "Cycling Through Life: A Unicorn in Motion" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 22 1/2 She goes into depth on what exactly this means, how she has recruited her nephews into being unicorns, and how being a unicorn has helped to bring bicycling to her family, friends, and community.  

"If somebody asks you, just say yes -- figure out how to do it. Say yes, and do what it takes to make it happen."

Scott Fuller discusses how he built his design shop Studio Temporary and how he has grown his business here in Atlanta by hustling everyday. In "Everyday I'm Hustling" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 22, his advice to the audience is to always ask, help your friends, never stop making, and finally: get out! 

How can we address other's needs and suffering by using our excess? 

Many of the refugees fleeing from their countries to America have been sent to Clarksville, Georgia. Speaking no English, they have a difficult time finding work. In "From Billboards to Changed Lives" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 20Jeff Shinabarger created jobs for them out of what other people thought of as just trash - old billboards. They turn these billboards into things like wallets, bags, and pillows.

Hello Everyone!  

This summer is going to be a hot one, we all know it will be and I am most likely not the only one who will quickly become sick of seeing social media state the obvious :)  This summer is also going to be a busy time for ATL's PechaKucha Night with three events crammed into this one season!  

MAY 18th, VOL. 22 : We are coming back to our original home at Octane Coffee's Westside location.  Music, coffee, beer and delicious mixed drinks, and (naturally) compelling presentations!  

June 8th, VOL. 22 1/2 : This is a special event for us, one that sees ATL PKN teaming up with the first Atlanta Cycling Festival!  Use your pedal-power to join us for this bicycle-themed PKN!  This one is BYOLC as seating is limited (bring your own lawn chair). 

TBD, VOL. 23 : We have yet to select a date but we DO know it will be sometime in August.  Keep your eyes peeled :D

Finally, we are looking for a few fine folks to help us organize future PKNs; to help contact potential presenters, assist day-of, provide photography services, etc.  If you have some spare time, enjoy the PK movement and would like to be a part of it, shoot us an email introduction-

See you soon and thank you for your continued support in PechaKucha!

{ KW }

Some people just can't seem to catch a break!

Failure extraordinaire Kevin Byrd shows us some of his ideas that just did not work out. In "Kevin Byrd's Failures" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 20 we see that one was a photo-sticker art project, another was a new T-shirt design. He also tried his luck as a DJ and a dancer. Watch to see what happened with these and more.

Running through the woods with a hatchet, setting stuntmen on fire -- ah, the life of a filmmaker.

Kristin Wright goes into great depth on her experiences working on her own films. In "A Crash Course in Independent Filmmaking" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 20, she talks about how to write great characters, the challenges of directing actors, and what's involved in the production process. Kristin touches on the good and bad points of being an independent filmmaker and gives us some invaluable tips on how to make the most of your work.

Ever heard tell of a pirate named Bubblebeard? How about Captain Confetti? ...anyone? 

Karla Davis and James Abercrombie have a daughter who loves books and pirates. So they did the only logical thing, they made a childrens book and filled with with poems about and pictures of pirates. In "Unfamous Pirates" from PKN Atlanta Vol. 20 they share the creative inspiration for the poetry (Shel Silverstein), as well as the illustration style they were going for, and detail the process of the book's creation. A few of the poems are shared here too, so pull up a seaweed-coated sofa, grab some mussel-munchies and give this one a listen. 

The Hijacked American Dream

"No one ever laid on their deathbed and wished they had acquired more stuff."

In The Hijacked American Dream, Joel Larsgaard (at PechaKucha Atlanta, Vol. 20) speaks on what Americans currently define as "The American Dream." What was once defined by James T. Adams as a dream of a "land that would be better, richer, and fuller for everyone" has become twisted, and nigh unrecognizable today. He delves into the culture of consumerism that he compares to drug use, "a brief high, followed by a crash."


The relaunch of PechaKucha Atlanta was a huge success!  Big thanks to Octane Westside for hosting us!

Our kickass poster was designed by Dan Almasy:

Organizer Kevin Ward of Midtown Arts Cinema opened the event:

We had 100 PK buttons to give out to attendees, and ran out 30 minutes before presentations even started!

Presenter Cameron Adams, sharing his street photography in "Stolen Moments":

Jonathan Weidman presented on Atlanta's transportation history, and how the Atlanta Streetcar Project will modernize our transportation system:

GA Tech's Andrew Ruff shared his students' vertical gardens projects:

Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird fame shared the 20 rock albums that influenced her career as a chef:

Harrison Kris of Volpin Props shared his journey from hobbyist to full-time prop builder:

UX analyst Beth Yeckley talked about returning to her roots, and discovering the connections between food and community:

Jeffrey Wisard's presentation, "From Old Man Spandex to Millennial Flannel: The History of the Mobile Social," discussed Atlanta's cycling community:

Artist Christopher Derek Bruno used questions to challenge conventional perspectives, and discussed his growth as a craftsman: 

Johnjay Fitih shared his journey from his couch in London to the screen in Atlanta:

Tyrie Smith of Braizen presented, "The Importance of Awesome: Working with People You Love":

Derek Koehl introduced us to VerbalEyze, an organization offering publishing opportunities to young writers:

Rick Glassman shared sustainable concepts and projects from Architecture for Humanity's Atlanta network of architects, designers, and builders:

Leslie Caceda introduced us to Atlanta Streets Alive, a vibrant community event opening our streets to the public:

Thank you to all of our wonderfully engaging presenters and the tremendous crowd who joined us! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned for details on the next PK Night -- August 11th!

Enjoy more photos from Volume 18 HERE! 


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