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From Scrapbook To Sketchbook

BY LANA RAPPETTE
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

How do you bounce back creatively after a divorce, when you've been scrapbooking your perfect life for years? You trade in those expensive stickers for a sharpie pen! Lana Rappette talks about how her scrapbook hobby evolved to drawing cartoons in her PK "From Scrapbook to Scetchbook."

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Building Kids up by Building with Kids

BY MARK MORENO
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

“The most important architectural lessons I teach can be traced back to my family, and to the family restaurant.”

In “Building with Kids to Build Kids Up,” from Pecha Kucha night Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor, vol. 8, Associate Professor at Andrews University, Mark Moreno explains the Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp, how it came to be, and what he wants to be when he grows up.” He founded and runs the camp at Andrews’ School of Architecture and Interior Design.

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Billiards: An American Institution

BY MARK STRAUSS
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

Mark Strauss is a Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor. His personal passion, however, goes back to the pool hall which he talks about in his PK titled, Billiards: An American Institution.

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Still Working On It

BY NATHAN BILANCIO
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

Nathan Bilancio is a User Experience Designer with a background in Graphic Design who hasn't quite figured everything out. He's ok with this, and thinks others should be too. Learn about his journey through uncertainty in his presentation Still Working On It, from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph Vol. 8.

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Make Main Street Great Again

BY CHRISTOPHER GREGORY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

Chris Gregory and Jorden Parker join the PK stage together in their talk, "Make Main Street Great Again".

Chris Gregory is an industrial designer in Whirlpool's Global Brand Design Studio. He discovered a hidden interest in urban planning after taking a landscape architecture course in college. Chris has a habit of observing urban spaces and often wonders how they could be designed better. Chris believes that the job of designing our urban areas is not just for architects and designers, but that every citizen should "lace up their shoes and contribute”.  Jorden Parker has three daughters and is married to somebody else’s while trying to be an architect and planner on the side.  He never wants to grow up.

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From Grotesque to Picturesque (But Actually It's All the Same)

BY NATHAN MARGONI
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

"These paintings are picturesque, balanced, colorful and fun on the surface but underneath, there's something ugly and violent going on."

In From Grotesque to Picturesque (But Actually It's All the Same) at PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 6 Nathan Margoni presents his unsettlingly monstrous artworks and their gradual progress from grotesque to picturesque. Although his newest works are more pleasant on the surface, they aren't what they seem....

 Nathan is an artist who never thought he'd wind up back in his hometown of St. Joseph, MI, but that is exactly where he is, and the worst part is that he kind of likes it.  After receiving his BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase College, Nathan slogged it out in New York for a while before returning home to live with his sister for a “couple of months.”  “A couple of months” turned out to be 3 years, but he did eventually get a real job at the Krasl Art Center and move out.  Through all of this, Nathan has continued to make and exhibit his paintings and sculptures, which are often inspired by the town he grew up and still lives in today.

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Greenspan Construction - Building Benton Harbor's First Container Home

BY VICKI FRANKS
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

Vicki Franks, with her husband Shane, built Benton Harbor's first container home in 2015, a beautiful space that will make us rethink what's possible in real estate. The inspiration to do this hit at the crossroads of a trip she took and the time the couple snagged an outrageously affordable lot in Benton Harbor. Vicki's PK is eye candy for design lover's!

 

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Alcoholism to Ironman: A Story of Recovery

BY DAVE CLAYTON
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

Dave Clayton has lived and worked in the SJBH area for the past 32 years and is originally from Dexter, Mi. He  is a loving husband, father of two and embodies a sober, adrenalin junkie. His family’s Irish heritage reveals a long line of drinking and smoking, while  his own childhood was filled with substances, not substance. He tells a story of  transformation from unhealthy to healthy life choices; from smoking joints to aching joints.

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Swimming Upstream – A Large Plan for the Harbor to Stir the Soul

BY JOHN EGELHAAF
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

John Egelhaaf is described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  of usually being the smartest guy in the room with the highest, most honest standards. "If we could only see the goo in his head, it would be in technicolor and packaged brilliance." John is the Executive Director at Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

Peter Colovos is a Chicago native who's been described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  "to be admired for his relentless jump-out-of-bed-every-day-with-a-purpose tenacity."   Founding Prairie Real Estate Group in Chicago, IL in 1994 was a culmination of transforming Peter’s passion of architecture construction and real estate experience into a career. Creating the optimal blend of good architecture and design product that enhances their tenants’ quality of life is the keystone of The Prairie Real Estate Group. (A quality of life that allows Peter the gusto to take our challenge to HACK THE HARBOR and swim from shore to shore. ;)

THEY GIVE a fresh look at the Twin Cities Harbor - by questioning everything, it might be possible to swim against the flow of the last half century!

 

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Sub-Creator

BY JOHN MONTEIRO
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

You might be wondering what "Sub-Creator" means. Well, many people, like John Monteiro, believe that our Creator created all, so his humble title of Sub-Creator is to keep himself in check that we are all only creating from what was already created in this world. And John does a lot of creating! John's PK is about the value in Creating, whether skilled or not, the process alone has great value. John is a Senior Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation and despite his knack for lean process and measurable metrics, he experiments endlessly in his creative adventures.

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Reflections on Water

BY KEN ANKLI
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

Ken Ankli is the Chief, Cook, and Sidewalk Sweeper (aka President) for Brammall Supply Co. He is an Observer, Investor & Cheerleader for the Benton Harbor Arts District, and the President of the New Territory Arts Association for the past 6 years. As a developer and manager of the urban-industrial Quarter Note Lofts, his work is one example of his favorite quote - "It's never too late to re-imagine an alternate outcome!"

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Content To Be Determined

BY DAVE CARLOCK
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 01, 2016

DAVE CARLOCK is a 31-year veteran of the entertainment business whose work as a recording engineer and record producer, touring musician, and songwriter first made him Googleable. His continuing work as an Independent Content Creator of Sound and Image has earned him a Grammy Award certificate, two Platinum Record Awards, and a Paragon Award in advertising. Currently, he works with national and international artists recording or mixing records and making music videos at his production studio in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

As a performer: you may have seen Dave on MTV with Snoop Dogg; on YouTube with Blink-182; on Jimmy Kimmel Live with punk-rockers The Transplants; or at various St. Joseph fundraisers, such as the 2014 & 2016 SJHS Encore with the Encore Orchestra and the 2014 & 2015 Women's Service League Charity Ball, with his multi-media show, 'Projection'. Next month, he'll be wrapping up his third year in residency as a solo at The Lakehouse and Tosi's restaurants.

As an educator: his semi-weekly Funkin' Rock School is now in its sixth year of helping junior high students and above discover the love of making popular music straight from their playlists.

As the "Voice of the Mendel Center", he's been talking to you during your commute or through your television without your knowing it for the last 5 seasons. Bet you didn't know that!

As a writer: you may have read Dave's work as a weekly print columnist; and he can regularly be found on Facebook, holding court on any topic he finds fascinating from politics to dating to popular culture, as SW Michigan's favorite Liberal.

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