Wait! I Have Something to Say

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Jerry Price is our HOST for PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 10... (thank you) And is also the Community Outreach & Fund Development Director, for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor.



Craft Life

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Simon Rusk is the head brewer and owner at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor, MI. After a lot of college, passing the bar and becoming a lawyer, he decided on a major life change to pursue his passion in the craft beer industry.



Brace, open, laugh. My story on Stand-Up

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Loon Mabians is now a comedian and active in the LBGT community in Southwest Michigan... but those things came to be only after many moments of facing her fears with the support of her Grandparents...this PK is about that journey.


Mother Ffffeminist

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a local producer and co-director of the national live storytelling show called Listen to Your Mother. Kim is a writer and a Realtor® and she recently ran for public office.

She and her husband Scott have raised a generation of girls to married adulthood, and they are now raising two high school-aged boys, one of whom is their nephew.

Mother Ffffeminist, she’s got a lot to say about motherhood, marriage, what feminism really means, and how the sexes can come together to heal the divides in our current hyper-sexualized political and social climate. You don’t have to agree, but you really should hear her answers to questions like, “why did women march on January 21st?” You might just discover that we’re really not as far apart as the “sides” want us to believe.



I Swiped Right For Your Dog: Adventures In Dating Apps

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Meagan Francis is Senior Copywriter at JohnsonRauhoff, creator of The Mom Hour podcast, and one half of "Jonny and Meagan Mornings" on 98.3 The Coast. She's also a local performer and mother to a large and entertaining crew of kids.


I could Have Been a Mother

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

A Michigan farm boy, Scott Gane studied health science, criminal justice and fire science at Grand Valley State College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  He has some fantastic stories from his years corralling college students and delivering babies as a Firefighter/Paramedic/Police Officer.  He is a very busy guy owning and operating three businesses as well as running a company on the east side of the state.  Scott is laid back (tired) but is not all business.  He has a creative side screaming to get out and often does thru his photography, but who knew he could write too.



FIRST Robotics Competition: Building the Next Generation of Thinkers, Tinkers, and Leaders One Robot at a Time

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Madeline Dale, a Lakeshore High School junior, shares how the FIRST Robotics community is helping to build future technology leaders by using her own team and personal experience as an example. Madeline is entering her third year of participation on Team Lance-A-Bot, FRC Team 4237. FIRST Robotics is taking the world by storm with programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Find out what students are up to in southwest Michigan and beyond.


Art Grief Therapy

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Maggie Galloway is an artist and student from the Art Institute of Chicago & University of Tulsa. She has a long career of creating, including her time as a documentary film producer at WLS-tv in Chicago.

In 2009, after the sudden death of her husband, Paul Galloway, newspaper reporter and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, Maggie was faced with learning to live without her partner of 30 years. It would be 2 years of Art Grief Therapy that healed her... she shares her story.



An Intrigue of Kittens

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

A disagreement with her teenage son about if 'Prolly' was actually a word is what brings Julee Laurent to this edition of PechaKucha. The rise of cell phone texting as communication, shorter attention spans in society, and a general disinterest in many youth to pursue language drove Julee and her partner Dennis Anderson to find a new way to instill lessons in language, disguised as a fun adventure. Through their new children's book,  'Lola and Lazlo: Into the Woods' they hope to introduce a love of words and original artwork to a new generation

Julee has been published in Gannett Press Newpapers, Redbook, Marie Claire, Village Voice Media, Tribune News Papers, DiG Magazine, Censored Magazine, InReview and was a copywriter for Diesel Clothing and Coca-Cola. Her band ‘Michigan City Vandals’ has toured the country while having their music featured on shows for HBO and the film ‘CBGB’ in 2014.


Entangled-up-cycled weavings

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Jennifer Zona was born in Kalamazoo Michigan. Zona grew up in Niles, Michigan. She received multiple degrees in art from Southwestern Michigan College, Grand Valley State University, and earned her Masters in Fine Art degree from the University of New Mexico. She is a public artist who focuses on large-scale ceramic and textile weavings. Zona has shown her artworks internationally and nationally, and is part of the collections the Center for Peace and Justice, the Law Library of the University of New Mexico, Grand Valley State University, The Icelandic Textile Center, Blönduós, Iceland, and Art in municipal Places 1% for the Arts program in Albuquerque New Mexico. She continues to create her artworks and share her knowledge of the arts with the youth and adults at the Krasl Arts Center and her home studio in Berrien Springs, Michigan.



Family Boatbuilding, Getting Kids on the Water with Their Own Hands

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Tom Hurst has been a woodworking and natural resources teacher for a good long while. He has built and guided the creation of many items of furniture, art pieces, toys, buildings and of course boats. He has built sailboats, canoes and sea kayaks with audiences from children to seniors both locally and around the US. Over 100 canoes and kayaks grace our local waters that were built in his shops. Family boatbuilding is still his favorite. It is a project to draw together people and get them on the water. A natural teacher with a love of sharing the outdoors and practical skills, He has a passion for hands-on experiential education.


Lessons Shakespeare Taught Me

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"My love affair with William Shakespeare began early. I was born in 1961. He was born in 1564. It was a May-December relationship."  

Kate Heckner Ulrey started life wanting to be Juliet, realized at one point that she had grown closer to Lady Macbeth’s age and now hopes to play Hamlet’s mother. She started teaching Shakespeare to children other than her own when her five daughters (Tess, Nora, Claire, Jane, Gwen) were young. What began as a one-time summer week of Shakespeare in 2001 shared with 6 other homeschoolers became The Backyard Shakespearean Players, a camp of 30 children aged 7 to 18, performing on a stage in a production that included dancing, stage combat, singing and dedicated adults and graduates of the program. We performed over 12 plays during that time.  In 2011, with the youngest two girls in high school, Kate went back to teaching English and directing Shakespeare at the high school level. Currently retired, Kate and her husband Joe, are fixing up a house in St. Joe.