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Ladysmith

BY LIZA MICHELLE RIFKIN
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 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. 

 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" in Friday, May 13th, 2016.

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Today's Agenda

BY DARIUS STEWARD
@ 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.

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Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator

BY DANI PAJAK
@ 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.

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The Dilemma of a Modern Violinist

BY ARIEL CLAYTON KARAS
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

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."

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Male Pattern Baldness in Birds

BY ZACHARIAH DURR
@ 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. 

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Trials and Tribulations of Inflatable Suits

BY JIMMY KUEHNLE
@ 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. 

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The World Around Me

BY FRANK LANZA
@ 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. 

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Create Beauty and Don't Screw Up

BY JOHN WILLIAMS
@ VOL 25 ON MAY 29, 2015

Architect John Williams present his passion for creating beauty and not messing up things that are already beautiful.


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Stories from a Jollyasser

BY CANDRA SQUIRE
@ VOL 24 ON FEB 20, 2015

Candra Squire shares her love of prose, crafted on paper, and gifted to friend.  

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My Family Reunion

BY ANDREW SAMTOY
@ VOL 24 ON FEB 20, 2015

In this intensely emotional presentation, Andrew Samtoy shares making a strange and troubling discovery about his family's past while at a family reunion, which serves to shed light on a greater troubling aspect of society; slave labor. 

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Interactive Art

BY JEN LEWIN
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

For the last 15 years Jen Lewin has been creating large, immersive, interactive art pieces for the public...including interactive sound and light sculptures that inspire people into play, to woven fiber video curtains that reflect movement, or giant, robotic, ethereal moths that dance based on human touch. She brings an organic, feminine quality to her electronic work that leaves viewers enchanted and surprised. As a trained architect, Lewin’s pieces are often the scale of buildings and rooms. She creates experiences and environments that are both part of, and integrated into, a physical space.

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Bike Cleveland

BY JACOB VANSICKLE
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

Jacob VanSickle is the executive director of Bike Cleveland, the regions bicycle advocacy organization that advocates for streets safer so people of all ages and abilities can ride a bike in our fair city. One project Bike Cleveland is organizing is called the Midway, a plan for a network of protected bike lanes.

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