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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.

Being an Independent Farmer in Central Texas, Wooden Buildings in Ostrava, and a Teaser Video from PKN Trnava

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.

PechaKucha in Milan Presentations As we've covered multiple times on the blog, PechaKucha was in Milan last month for the Milano Salone (Milan Design Week), with a series of four PechaKucha events held at Heineken's temporary club space, designed by up-and-coming creators who were selected through a series of PechaKucha events in four cities. In this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 91), Jean Snow gives you a taste of what the events were like, and slips in a few design week-related slides as well. So you think you know about wine? Sommelier Fabien Jacob definitely knows a thing or two about the process of making wine, and in this presentation (from PKN San Antonio Vol. 5), he shows you what that process looks like. He also ends up explaining the types of grapes used, and famous winemaking regions. PKN Kosice Vol. 16 Posters Today we've added three beautiful posters from previous PKNs in Kosice (Vol. 15-17) to our Tumblr blog. We really love the minimalism of the Vol. 16 poster (above) -- certainly not what you tend to see from an event poster.  PKN San Juan Vol. 5 PKN Warsaw Vol. 8 Photos We have a few more photo galleries from the archives to share today. Above, cheers from an attendee at PKN San Juan Vol. 5, and then a relaxed audience taking in the outdoor PKN Warsaw Vol. 8. 

Calendar As you saw yesterday, it's a busy week for PKNs -- and it's been a great month, with well over 80 events on the calendar -- and we've got lots more coming tomorrow (May 24): PKN Lucerne Vol. 4, PKN Koszalin Vol. 9, PKN Coruna Vol. 6, PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, and PKN Curitiba Vol. 2. For the weekend, you can look forward to PKN Dubai Vol. 11 and PKN Cancun Vol. 3 on Saturday, and then PKN Coventry Vol. 9 and PKN Nagano Vol. 20 on Sunday. 

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