PechaKucha Presentation

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Ken Ankli

Chief, Cook, and Sidewalk Sweeper for Brammall Supply Co., Brammall Supply Co. in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

Reflections on Water


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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Making Life Happen; the rebuilding of Benton Harbor

@ VOL 2 ON AUG 20, 2015

"How do we go from living in circumstance to living in choice? How do we rebuild our city with heart, with resiliance?"

Jerry Price
 remembers his family moving from Brooklyn to Benton Harbor Michigan in 1969 hoping to find more opportunity. Jerry's story recounts the change that happened after he went away to college and came back in 2003. 


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Eat. Drink. Beer Happy. - The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co.

@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Michael Gross tell us his story of opening a Michigan Brewing Company in his story called Eat.Drink.Beer Happy, The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co

Silver Harbor Brewing Co has something big brewing. Arriving this Spring learn about how we've transformed a building from 1900 to become what will be St. Joe's very own brewery / restaurant and more about the team behind the scenes making it all happen. Committed to the Mitten, we'll discuss local sourcing and give a sneak peak of our menu, beer line up and more. 
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St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"The only way to shed light on ignorance and resentment is to talk about it."

In St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, Lana Rappette, Assistant and Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association reveals that St Joseph, MI is far more than just a sleepy summer tourist destination on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sure, St Joseph has its sandy beaches and an agricultural  industry fit for making apple pies, but it also has a thriving, respected and close knit arts community. One that is immune to city borders and has helped heal relationships and restore the beauty in the neighboring city of Benton Harbor. PechaKucha St Joseph was started just one year ago in early 2015. Now all people, everyday people, have a chance to share ideas and fun doing it! The city hopes to fuel a positive and creative culture through its PechaKucha platform.

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Post 911 Restaurant Ruin to BajaGringo Taco Truck Dream

@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a realtor, writer, producer and "Write2TheEnd" facilitator. She is ALSO the wife of taco-truck-owning photographer, Scott Gane, and she will tell us about their checkered history, and how it led to BajaGringo Taco Truck!


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Content To Be Determined

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

@ 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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Greenspan Construction - Building Benton Harbor's First Container Home

@ 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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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.


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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.