PechaKucha Presentation

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Sarah Coon

Teacher, Revere Local Schools in Copley

My Son, The Dinosaur

CREATED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
IN AKRON

A key rule at the heart of improvisational theatre is saying "Yes, and" - you not only accept what your partner is giving you, but you build on it.  Spreading that philosophy from the rehearsal room into your life is how Alfred the dinosaur was born.  He's a small stuffed green T-rex that I gave to my husband as a wedding gift.  Over the years that we've been together, Alfred has developed a detailed mythology: he's a super spy, his favorite food is tacos, he likes superhero movies, and he hates bedtimes.  Alfred is an example of how we can find room for play in our lives, and how it can bring us together.

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Eye Spy

BY DALE WEISS
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 24, 2014

When Dale Weiss started noticing images of single eyes showing up in his Facebook feed, he started annoying all his freinds with games of 'I Spy With My One Eye.' In this PechaKucha, he takes the game up a notch, but was clever enough to launch rolled up dollar bills into the audience as an incentive to guessers.

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Don't Spy On Me • OK?

BY MARK PATERNOSTRO
@ VOL 33 ON MAR 03, 2015

Mark Paternostro presents an optimistic poem with the opening line "Don't spy on me..." His poem explores the spying and monitoring of everyday people by the NSA.

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Memoirs of a Dinosaur

BY JOHN EXLEY
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 01, 2010

"I'm never going to achieve a lot of these lovely thing that we have just been looking at, but the family knows I'm gong to keep on trying. I'm still working and I'm 70 next week. I'm going to carry on my prophecy that 'architects don't retire, we just fall down one day.'"

In Memoirs of a Dinosaur from PechaKucha Chicago Vol. 14, British architect John Exley, father of notorious PechaKucha Chicago veteran organizer and fellow architect Peter Exley, and grandfather of PechaKucha Brooklyn super-pro organizer Emma Exley, shares some wisdom (and charm) gained from practicing 50+ years of architecture. During this visit to Chicago he highlight his love of shaping spaces, while enlightening the locals on beer, Rome, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leeds United, ...and his ornery (and brilliant) progeny. 

An oldie ...but goodie. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 9th, 2015. 

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Improv Madness: The Day I Followed My Boss Home

BY VANESSA TORTOLANO
@ VOL 17 ON APR 14, 2016

Improv Madness: Comedians from 2 local Improv Troops made 20x20 presentations for each other. The audience suggested the topic, in this case, "The Day I Followed My Boss Home." Hilarity ensued.

Vanessa Tortolano is the co-owner and founder of NessAlla Kombucha. When she’s not trying to take over the world with her home grown bacteria-yeast hybrids she affectionately refers to as her “booch” army, Vanessa is probably thinking about how to take over the world with her home grown bacteria-yeast hybrids affectionately referred to as her “booch” army. She joined Monkey Business Institute in 2010 as a means to find the perfect comedy WMD to arm her booch troops. She’ll readily admit that her world takeover plan needs a little more time to ferment. Aside from that she also sings and plays instruments. Drink kombucha.

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Improv Madness: Nightmares from My Childhood

BY KRISTINA MARTINEZ
@ VOL 17 ON APR 14, 2016

Improv Madness: Comedians from 2 local Improv Troops made 20x20 presentations for each other. The audience suggested the topic, in this case, "Nightmares from My Childhood." Hilarity ensued.

Kristina Martinez, a native of Holland, had a hard time adapting to the cultural differences here Wisconsin. Holland, Michigan is quite literally another state; she likes to call it “the real mitten state.” (That’s okay, we all know better) A mild-mannered law librarian during the day, she turns into the Atlas Improve Company Manager at night---though sometimes it happens around 2:30 pm in the afternoon, so be careful around her.

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Improv Madness: What I Learned from My Time Travels

BY EDMOND RAMLY
@ VOL 17 ON APR 14, 2016

Improv Madness: Comedians from 2 local Improv Troops made 20x20 presentations for each other. The audience suggested the topic, in this case, "What I Learned from My Time Travels." Hilarity ensued.

Edmond Ramly born in Beirut, he grew up hearing fantastical stories of a place where the streets were paved with cheese. He decided early on to leave behind the Mediterranean climate of year-round comfortable mild weather and feta scented breezes to travel to the harsh and godforsaken land of Wisconsin where cheddar was the only currency. It was here he realized that tragedy + cheese = comedy at which point he joined Atlas Improve Company by winning the gladiator-style laugh-to-the-death called “The Cut” in 2013. Edmond is still working to improve his usage and pronunciation of common Wisconsin flavored idioms “Youbettcha,” “Oh den dare now” and “Whachagonna do?”

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The Day I Stole A Time Machine (Random Slides Improv)

BY JOHN ANSEHL
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Chicago based designer, John Ansehl excersizes his improv comedy skills and shows us how the world ends in this "random slides" PK prepared by Mark Strauss with a little help from Photoshop.

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My Autistic Son Blossoms with Art

BY JULIE SELTZER
@ VOL 8 ON DEC 13, 2016

Terese Giammarco speaks about her autistic son, his meltdowns, and how artistic expression helped him. She decides to quit her job and help her son blossom in his life, through art. 

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Batman ate my Son

BY NAOMI PERKS
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

In her presentation, Naomi takes a brief look at the impact the changes in the way men are represented in media has affected boys and young men.