Past Christchurch Event: VOL 28

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VOL 28

August 25, 2016
@ The Piano
We are chuffed to be part of the opening night line up of what will be a packed weekend for Christchurch, with the WORD Christchurch- Writers and Readers Festival in full swing across the CBD on Thursday 25 August.

We are also very excited to have you join us in the soon to be opened Piano building, a new purpose built event venue in the performing arts precinct. As per usual, doors will open at 7.30pm with our PechaKucha Night starting at 8.20pm. Perhaps make your way down New Regent St for the New Regent Street Pop-Up Festival before you grab a drink and join us for a selection of Festival highlights from around the world and our fine city, sharing their stories in the 20x20 PechaKucha format.

Cash bar and nibbles available.

Here's the lineup. An eclectic mix of topical affairs, academic dissections of pop culture, story telling at its best and even an improvised PechaKucha!

Dr Jarrod Gilbert // Sociological genius // on gangs and murder

Marcus Elliott // Lawyer and Writer // A Lawyer’s Story

AJ Fitzwater // Science Fiction and Fantasy Author // Mary Sue vs Strong Female Character

Anna MacKenzie // young adult writer // on WW1 voices

Sophie Rea // Social Worker and poet // on the links between poetry and youth work

Derek Flores // the Unicorn // it was a dark and stormy night...



Debbie Stoller // BUST Magazine founder & Stitch 'n Bitch author // The Handmade's Tale: Why Knitting is a Feminist Issue

Leigh Hopkinson // Writer and former stripper // on doing the Mr Whippy: deconstructing striptease 

Matt Vance // writer, artist and filmmaker // on the Southern Ocean

Elissa Washuta // Writer // on how the occult saved my life.

Caitlin Doughty // Progressive Mortician // Our Corpses, Ourselves

Alok Jha // Science writer // on how the world could end

PechaKucha Nights are devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.
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Gangs and Murder

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Sociologoist Jarrod Gilbert removes some of the mystic associated with gang life, providing commentary on his research on gangs in New Zealand. His recent shift to looking into murder in New Zealand provides an additional layer of insight into New Zealand's criminal justice system.

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Mary Sue vs Strong Female Character

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Up and coming talent science fiction writer AJ Fitzwater intertwines gender, queer and intersectional themes into her short stories. She's noticed a pattern in the world of science fiction. Why is the hero, never a girl? Why is the strong female always somehow a victim? Are you ready to join her on this journey to a galaxy not so far away..?

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WW1 Voices

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Where do stories come from? Young adult fiction writer Anna Mackenzie finds death leads to questions. These questions lead to an investoigation into NZ's history of WW1, and here Anna gives voice to some of these stories.

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The Links between Poetry and Youth Work

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Sophie Rea shares the Links between Poetry and Youth Work

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It was a Dark and Stormy Night...

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Improv genius Derek Flores AKA The Unicorn weaves a story of transvestite sailors (as provided by the audience) to images he sees for the first time on stage. You won't believe where this story leads you!

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The Handmade's Tale: Knitting as a Feminist Act

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Riot Grrrl pioneer, Stitch'n'Bitch writer and BUST magazine co-founder Debbie Stoller tells of how knitting is a actually a feminist activity. It may have lost popularity with women's liberation but knitting was also a way for women to earn income, and a relaxing hobby. It was time to take back the knit. Girls are now accepted in boy's activity, but why was it not cool for boys and girls to knit?

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Doing the Mr. Whippy: Deconstructing Striptease

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Former stripper Leigh Hopkinson peels away the glamour of exotic dancing, and breaks down the elements of a typical day in the club. More routine than titillation.  

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The Southern Ocean

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

The Southern Ocean is like the heart of the globe, it regulates how the earth breathes and its circulation, connecting all the oceans together from the bootom. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife, and a good indicator of the health of the planet, as Matt Vance points out.

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How the Occult Saved My Life

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Cowlitz writer Elissa Washuta is used to writing about herself, and this PechaKucha is no differnet. Here she reveals how the occult saved her life. A personal journey of strength and vulberability.

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Our Corpses, Ourselves

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

"We run a funeral home, and our main mission is to get you spend more time with the corpse."

In "Our Corpses, Ourselves" from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 28, Caitlin Doughty, a progressive death positive mortician, challenges the way we look at death. Here she shares some little known facts about death and corpses and celebrates her favourite 13 graves, who knew so much personality could be found in a headstone!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Halloween, 2016. 

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How the World Could End

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Congratulations, you are nearly at the end! Esteemed science writer Alok Jha sets out 5 scenarios in which the world could end. But its not all doom and gloom....

Derek Flores
in Christchurch
Jarrod Gilbert
Senior Lecturer, The University of Canterbury in Christchurch
Leigh Hopkinson
in Christchurch
Anna Mackenzie
Author in Hawke's Bay
Sophie Rea
in Christchurch
Matt Vance
in Christchurch
Debbie Stoller
in Christchurch
Alok Jha
in Christchurch
Caitlin Doughty
in Christchurch
Elissa Washuta
Writer in Seattle
AJ Fitzwater
Dragon wearing a meat-suit in Christchurch