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We are happy to you announce the Vol. 18 presenters! In no particular order:

 

Eli Miller, Art Director

Eli Miller, a San Antonio native, attended Savannah College of Art Design where she earned a B.F.A. in Art Direction. After graduation, Eli returned to San Antonio where she met Chuck Kerr, the San Antonio Current'sthen Art Director. Upon receiving his business card she joked that she intended on stealing his job. Three months later she did. Eli has been working at the Current ever since.

 

Amanda Bianchi, Snazzy Arts Babe

Amanda Bianchi works at Cinnabar art gallery in Blue Star and is a style contributor for the new LGBTQ publication, Out In SA. She has also been actively involved with the food and beverage industry in San Antonio for the past five years, working at establishments such as The Monterey and Feast that have helped to shape the current landscape we see today.  

www.bianchisbits.com 

 

Avi Avalos, Mr. Piñata SA

Avi Avalosis a Mexican-American artist and San Antonio native. His art is simply a visual language used to connect to the city’s vibrant culture in the most positive light. Mr. Piñata SA was initially created as a research tool for a children's book in 2013 but evolved into an initiative to bring fine art to public places in an effort to create cultural art awareness. Mr. Piñata SA is now an ambassador of San Antonio, and his adventures have taken him across the U.S. as he promotes our City on the Rise.

www.mrpinatasa.com

  

Lewis F. Fisher, Author and Historian

Lewis F. Fisher is the author of numerous prize-winning books on San Antonio. They include American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River, Chili Queens, Hay Wagons and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio and Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage. His Maverick Publishing Company, which published 45 general interest nonfiction regional books by 26 authors, was recently acquired by Trinity University Press.

 

Corey Squire and Helena Zambrano, A Sustainable Relationship

Helena Zambrano and Corey Squire both decided at a young age that they wanted to save the world, and they came to the same conclusion: that architecture is the way to do it. They both currently work as sustainability coordinators at neighboring architecture firms — Helena at Overland Partners and Corey at Lake | Flato Architects — and serve on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as chair and treasurer, respectively. They first met at a COTE meeting and bonded over their shared love of daylight simulation and their shared hatred of perforated metal. Corey and Helena live in Dignowity Hill where they spend their time cycling, composting, and subsisting off vegetables from their garden and eggs from their chickens.

 

David Martin Davies, Public Radio Journalist

David Martin Davies was once arrested for playing punk rock music inside Wonderland Shopping Mall. Today, he hosts The Source on KSTX Texas Public Radio — a live daily call-in news program. He also hosts Texas Matters, which airs on Texas Public Radio stations. In his 20 years in journalism as a TV news producer, reporter and columnist, his work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace and the BBC. His many awards include the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year.

www.tpr.org

 

Jeremy Joseph, Clinical Psychologist

Jeremy Joseph is a psychologist who conducts clinical research on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. He is interested in how we relate to our dreams, often working with patients who struggle with nightmares. The California native went to college in Chicago, volunteered in Israel, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and did an internship year in Albuquerque. In 2013 he began a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. If you live in Monte Vista, you’ve probably seen him and his wife walking their greyhound, Sofia.

www.jjosephphd.com

 

Libby Wardlaw Maddin, Road Trip Enthusiast

Libby Wardlaw Maddin is a musician, road trip enthusiast, and San Antonio native. She spent the vacations of her youth packed into a 1978 suburban with her five siblings and parents, who ignited her passion for exploration and in more recent years provided her with a day job flexible enough to take business calls and write emails from the middle of the desert. When she's not hitting the road, she sings in various musical projects with her husband Chris and with the San Antonio Mastersingers. She has also been a host on KRTU's Indie Overnight for 10 years. 

www.sharkheart.com

 


The latest PechaKucha Night in San Antonio gets some coverage from Texas Public Radio.

“Talk about something you’re passionate about, and have it be lightning speed," she said. "No death by Powerpoint! What I love about it is how it introduces you to so many fascinating people that are living in your city."

Before the Prohibition, the craft of bar-tending took over 3 years to perfect. 

Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. In "American Craft" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Jeret discusses a craft that has been around for over 200 years, and has had a resurgence since the prohibition laws let up. Much like a chef creating a fine dish, his ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that has taken him years to perfect. 

An amazing amount of time and effort is put into the making of a batch of croissants -- makes you want to savor every bite!

To counteract the growing trend in machine-made and frozen pastries, Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell established Bakery Lorraine. In "The Audacity of the $4 Croissant" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Anne and Jeremy share their passion for artisan pasteries, explain the time-consuming process that goes into creating the perfect croissant, and give us some insight into the world of mass-produced psuedo-croissants. 


For our "City Focus" this week we head to San Antonio, a city that will host its "lucky" PechaKucha Night Vol. 13 on February 25. Make sure to check out the official event page for all the details, and for the full list of presenters.

PechaKucha Nights are held in all manner of venues, and as you can see here, the latest PechaKucha Night in San Antonio (Vol. 12) went to church.

The cool, night air of the Southwest School of Art courtyard gave way to an intimate yet cavernous setting for PechaKucha 12 in Coates Chapel. The evening of Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, saw veteran and first-time PechaKucha attendees and presenters with practically every seat inside the dark, serene building occupied for the prescribed 20 slides for 20 seconds presentation format.

Read the full event report from Rivard Report here.


San Antonio's Vol. 9 was held just over a month ago, and reporter Miriam Sitz did a full play-by-play of the event for The Rivard Report. Here's a bit of what she had to say:

Intimate interactions with puppets, live musical entertainment, and the in-depth study of a napkin all had a part to play in last night’s PechaKucha presentations. More good time than family brawl, the ninth volume of this quarterly event highlighted eight of the city’s creative couples, each shedding light on a unique aspect of San Antonio’s cultural landscape.

Miriam goes on to describe each fascinating PKN San Antonio presentation in great detail -- for more information, check out the full article.


San Antonio is being a bit more forward with their attempts to remind us it's Valentine's Day now, though their Volume 9 won't be until Tuesday, the 19th.

They have quite the diverse line-up for this evening; presenters include musicians, artists, cinephiles, glass-blowers, even chef entrepreneurs! It just goes to show, everything isn't just big in Texas -- it's also intriguing. 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

PKN San Antonio Vol. 6 Presentations Linda Perez was born and raised in San Antonio. Over the course of her life, she has cleaned hominid fossils and taught secondary school in Kenya, done research at Harvard University and conducted a health care survey in the Andes Mountains, helped initiate sustainable agriculture and rural businesses in Zambia and assisted in HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention in Swaziland. Since 1993, she has overseen the development of a herd of Beefmaster cattle on her 300-acre L&M Ranch, 40 minutes south of San Antonio. Her presentation (from PKN San Antonio Vol. 6) focuses on her life as an independent, organic farmer in the heart of Texas. This presentation (in Czech, from PKN Ostrava Vol. 8) contains stories about wooden buildings that were realised in the Czech Republic by Martin Rajnis and his students. The buildings are inspired by traditional dwellings found in many parts of the world, that are friendly to the environment and, for the most part, very cheap. Martin also points out the bureaucratic system that affects Czech building policies. PKN Orlando Vol. 6 Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog comes in the form of a trio of posters for the upcoming PKN that's set to happen on October 26 in Orlando -- although V6 appears on the poster, this is in fact the series' Vol. 7, and you'll find the full list of presenters on the official event page. Video Today we have a great video teaser to share for the upcoming PKN Trnava Vol. 5, which will be part of the Grape Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Slovakia.   Calendar Today (August 22) you can catch the following two events: PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8. Tomorrow, you have the following three PKNs to choose from: PKN Edinburgh Vol. 19, PKN San Antonio Vol. 7, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 7.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 Presentations Dwayne Butcher is an artist and curator, and in this presentation (from PKN Memphis Vol. 1) he talks about how he started producing art -- what inspired him to start -- and shares works that he has made and that has inspired him. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Hiroshi Miyazaki (of Aquent) talks about the competition that was held for his company to produce a calendar, and goes through the art work that made the cut. PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 Posters Since our last regular post two weeks ago, we have amassed quite a collection of posters, and we'll be gradually sharing a few each day throughout the coming week. Today, we've added the following to the Tumblr blog:  PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 (pictured above), PKN San Antonio Vol. 7 (see this preview piece for more info), this past May's PKN Singapore Vol. 4, and last week's big special edition PKN in Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNy9lko2gw0 Video PKN St. Louis organizer Jeannette Thompson sent us this link for a video report on the city's latest PKN, produced in conjunction with the local PBS affiliate.  Links

Calendar Following these last few summer week, the PechaKucha Night calendar is starting to fill up again, and although there are no PKNs planned for tonight or tomorrow, you can look to Wednesday (August 22) for PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8.

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