SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
We shine our PechaKucha People spotlight this week on PKN Cleveland's charismatic organizer, Michael Christoff. When not in his architecture office, Michael 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; he 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. At PechaKucha Nights in Cleveland, Michael leads by seeking to expose and attract new creative ideas and incite meaningful collaboration. Passionate about having a positive impact on the City of Cleveland, he believes Cleveland’s best days are still ahead of her. Well done Michael! Grateful to have you such tuned-in people in the PechaKucha Family!
AUGUST 31, 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.
AUGUST 11, 2016
Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator
"When I was younger, I never thought that I would be a motorcycle builder."
In Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27, Dani 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.
JULY 27, 2016
MAY 12, 2016
"I start to fall for the work, the possibility and wonder, of creating something so special to someone else but 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. Think - combined feelings of uncomfortableness and excitement, self-reflection and heart wrenching separation anxiety. Here she dives into the interesting process of make custom engagement rings for her clients.
AUGUST 25, 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!
AUGUST 19, 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.
MARCH 17, 2015
“If you give a man a mustache, he’s going to want an accordion.”
Designer and self-dubbed Renaissance Man Jason Tilk will do anything for a laugh. In “Find Your Mustache” from PKN Cleveland Vol. 23 Jason speaks about his opportunities designing electrocardiograms, ATMs for medicine, and his life performing in vaudeville and circuses.