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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


Featured Presentation


Ariel Clayton Karas

Violinist, (Self-Employed!) in Cleveland

In "The Dilemma of a Modern Violinist," professional violinist Ariel Clayton Karas chronicles humorous aspects of her musical journey and addresses the challenges classical musicians face with a genre long-considered to be "high art." Her presentation unfolds simply through all-text slides paired with a rotating soundtrack of music clips. Through "The Dilemma of the Modern Violinist," Ariel hopes new listeners will be inspired, and that "the keepers of this beautiful, unique genre of music never lose sight of its power to connect, not separate."



@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

"I start to fall for the work and the possibility and wonder of creating something so special to someone else and so much part of who I am." 

In Ladysmith from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27, Jewelry maker Liza Michelle Rifkin asks why anyone chooses anyone else for a life of love? Why does anyone need an engagement ring? The process of designing and creating an engagement ring is a lot like dating she says. Here she dives into the interesting process of making custom engagement rings for her clients.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. 


Today's Agenda

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

"As Blacks, where do we go? Are we moving forward?"

In Today's Agenda from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27, Artist Darius Steward shares his artwork and explains the role that it has in conversations of blackness, injustice and racism.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016. 



@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

Told is a live storytelling event dedicated to the belief that everyone has at least one good story to tell. Told wants to help people tell that story. In the 2 years since it's founding, Dave Sabol has learned a few things about storytelling in Cleveland. Here are a few of the lessons. 


Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

"When I was younger, I never thought that I would be a motorcycle builder."

In Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27Dani Pajak shares on his life as a custom motorcycle builder. Pajak is a builder in Cleveland who got his start in his own garage. He learned how to weld from a local company – Lincoln Electric – in a work-study type program when he was trying to turn his life around after the birth of his daughter.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, August 12th, 2016.


That's the Good Cancer, Right?

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

Let's be straight about a couple of things: 1) cancer sucks a giant Matzo ball if you've got it; and 2) it's hard to make chit-chat with someone who does have it. In this offbeat presentation, cancer survivor Dan Dean offers you the 9 do's and don'ts of how to interact with that special cancer patient in your life. The tips will keep your feet firmly on the ground (and not in your mouth) and help you be an amazing support to someone in treatment


Male Pattern Baldness in Birds

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 29, 2015

Comedians Zachariah Durr and Adam Richard discuss their shared love of ornithology and elaborate on a little known aspect of bird life, male pattern baldness. 


Trials and Tribulations of Inflatable Suits

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 29, 2015

"One of the side-effects of inflatable suits is children running after you."

In Trials and Tribulations of Inflatable Suits from Cleveland Vol. 25, Jimmy Parks II shares some of the hilarity that accompanies "Inflatable Suitable Performance." Parks makes enormous inflatable costumes which he travels the world over with, exhibits them in guerrilla fashion, much to the publics dismay and wonder, occasionally having to beg for forgiveness from various authorities. Come and enjoy this offbeat presentation! 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Wednesday, August 27th, 2015. 


The World Around Me

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 29, 2015

When asked "Why did you want to take my photo"

"Simply being yourself in this moment without any effort at all, you're just being you, and that's beautiful."

In The World Around me from Cleveland Vol. 25, photographer Frank Lanza offers his insights on experiencing authenticity though making photos of people. He proposes how not just stories, sights, and sounds are conveyed through photos, but also feelings and how those feeling can help us better understand and connect to the world around us.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Thursday, August 20th. 




About the City's Organizers

  • Michael Christoff

    In 2005, after graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Kent State University, Michael moved to Cleveland to work on master plan designs for the Flats East Bank redevelopment project. Working on this and a variety of urban redevelopment projects throughout the United States has afforded him a deep appreciation for the urban environment and how people interact within it. When Michael is not in his office at architecture firm Vocon, he is immersed in a variety of initiatives to leverage Cleveland’s assets and creative efforts into visible and tangible results. He co-found the international Cleveland Design Competition which annually attracts over 150 design ideas from more than twenty different countries for important civic projects; co-found PechaKucha Night Cleveland which quarterly seeks to expose and attract new creative ideas and incite meaningful collaboration; serves as Board Chair for the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Campus International School Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors for both SPACES (Art Gallery) and the Cleveland American Institute of Architects. Michael is passionate about having a positive impact on the City of Cleveland and believes Cleveland’s best days are still ahead of her. Michael currently lives on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood with his wife Jill.