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Past Chicago Event: VOL 36

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Getting from A to B via PIL

BY MARTIN ATKINS
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

One day, Martin Atkins quit being the drummer in the band Public Image Limited.  The next day, he was working in construction.  Here's some of that story, and a few good take-homes.

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And These are Condoms...

BY NICOLE HOLLANDER
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

“After you retire from something you've been complaining about your whole life… you quit and then you go insane.”

In And These are Condoms… from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 36th volume Speaker Nicole Hollander gives a humorous presentation on her life, her work, and her post retirement misadventures. An American cartoonist and writer, her daily comic strip Sylvia was syndicated to newspapers nationally by Tribune Media Services.  The Village Voice has called her "The toughest woman in America."

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What the Hell is Alt. Country?

BY MICHAEL GENGE
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

“I went to this summer camp in this area of southern Illinois… I signed up for two weeks. Everyone else seemed to sign up for one week so there was one point for like a week long I was there I was alone with all the counselors I started singing the canoe song… and they were like ‘oh my god, he's a buffet head! We're going to take him out for burgers and beer’.”

In What the hell is Alt Country from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 36th Volume speaker Michael Genge discusses music that has gotten him by. In addition, he admits the roots of his life long passion for Chicago, Woodie Guthrie, Uncle Tupelo, WXRT radio and Wilco.  Here's his love song to those great musical institutions.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016.

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A Good Surprise

BY MELISSA HARRIS
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

Eric Lomonaco loves a good surprise.  Many of these surprises involve his wife, Melissa Harris.

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My New Everyday Life

BY NORA AMES
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT AT THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ON OCT 30, 2015

“Obviously, living in a wheelchair is a challenge but is a normal life for many. Wheelchair living requires constant mapping out of acceptable routes and services –like bathrooms– and destinations –like restaurants.”

In My New Everyday Life Speaker Nora Ames reprises her standing ovation presentation from the Chicago Architecture Biennial at PechaKucha Chicago’s 36th Volume.  

Nora used to enjoy runs by Lake Michigan, running by herself or with coworkers and friends. 13 months ago she had a medical condition taking her out of the workplace and changing her perspective forever. In this presentation the effect of design on accessibility is discussed.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, February 15th, 2016. 

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Ben's Road Trip

BY BEN HOLLIS
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

As a younger man in 1980, Ben Hollis took a road trip from Los Angeles to Chciago which he immortalized on cassette tapes.  That tape accompanies his presetnation from Chicago's Volume 36. Divine intervention is involved.

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The Chicago House Sound

BY NEIL STEVENSON
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

"The kick drum went through my chest, the bass line came up through the floor, the high hats and cymbals came fizzing from above ... when the smoke machine cleared, there were rich people, poor people, black, white, straight, gay ...and I thought, 'these are my people now, this is my music'."  

In The Chicago House Sound from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 36, IDEO's Neil Stevenson went on a quest to find the roots of House Music that, during its evolution from New York to Chicago and then in its momentum across Europe, he fell in love with. Here he shares that compelling quest and his love for Chicago House, its evolution, and the legacy of Frankie Knuckles.

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Drawing Builds Empathy

BY CLAIRE MONTANA JENCKS
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

Claire Montana Jencks, the last of the pre-cellphone generation, uses drawing  instead of her digital device to collect memories.  

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Our Bridges Smell Like Chocolate (sometimes)

BY ANNIE SWANK
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

Annie Swank regularly makes mix-tapes.  In this PK mash-up she looks at finding the perfect love song to her hometown in a systematic, empirical way.

Ben Hollis
in Chicago
Michael Genge
Architectural Designer, Architecture Is Fun in Chicago
Martin Atkins
Author/educator/musician, SAE Chicago in Chicago
Nora Ames
in Chicago
Eric Lomonaco
in Chicago
Claire Montana Jencks
Coder, Athlete & Improviser in Chicago
Neil Stevenson
Executive Portfolio Director, IDEO in Chicago
Nicole Hollander
Creator and writer of syndicated cartoon strip Sylvia, Self-Employed in Chicago
Annie Swank
Co-Founder Drink Tank , self-Employed in Chicago