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Having hosted their 31st Volume at the infamous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located on the banks of Lake Erie, Cleveland takes the spotlight in this week's City Focus! With an amazing line-up and a captivating venue, PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 31 was an unforgettable event that will have us wondering what Cleveland has in store for PechaKucha Nights to come! Be sure to check back in soon for some star-studded presentations uploaded from the evening. Keep on rocking, Cleveland! 


"Most importantly, The Rapid is the future of Cleveland Transit to me."

In " INTER|URBAN" from PechaKucha Cleveland Vol. 29, Joe Lanzilotta is a Cleveland-based artist and designer who spends his 9 to 5 as a project manager for LAND studio working on projects like the INTER|URBAN. He is passionate about how art can transform experiences and has any amazing story about the rapid transit line in Cleveland and its transformation into a veritable art gallery.

"What if a city itself can take selfies of itself all day long?"

In Architography from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27, Architect and photographer Dave Robar takes you on a visual journey through the city he fell in love with in 1986. He takes no fewer than 12 photographs at a time, and is excited to share a few secrets about how to "be a tourist in your own city", because you never know what you'll discover about it.

"It was a way to do art without expectations..."

In A Theory on Doodling at PechaKucha Night Williamsburg Vol. 12Pam Woodson finds herself drawn to doodling in a couple of very specific situations. Not considering herself as an "artist", she initially used doodling as a door to create art without expectations. Pam found her path to becoming an artist. Through Pam's doodling research we could all learn self-improvement through doodling.



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!

 

"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.

 

"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.

 

"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.



"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. 




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

In Trials and Tribulations of Inflatable Suits from Cleveland Vol. 25Jimmy 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! 

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