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06 DEC

NEXT EVENT VOL 15

$3 suggested donation at the door.

Doors open at 6 pm.

Event starts at 7 pm.

Details coming soon.

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Random Slides Improv

BY ANDY SAWYER
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

Random Slides Improv with Andy Sawyer & Leah Tirado

Leah Isabel Tirado is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and educator. She’s worked with several theater companies throughout the Midwest and takes particular pride in her involvement with Barrel of Monkeys Productions, Underscore Theatre Company, InGen Productions, and her band The Big Payback.

Andy Sawyer is a set designer, inventor, maker, fine art photographer, innkeeper, outdoorsman, teacher, artist, tree-hugging dirt worshiper, and an improvisational comedian.  He began his improv comedy career over 30 years ago, using humor as a tool for teaching environmental science at Stone Environmental School in Portland, Maine. After moving back to the Twin Cities to woo and eventually marry the one true love of his life, Nita Nicholie, the two collaborated to help establish the “Calling all Colors” program.  Andy again applied improv comedy to this program, using it as a tool for children to begin dialogue on issues of race, stereotyping, and skin color. He next began working with Mike Nadolski at Bridges Theater in Benton Harbor as an ensemble member of the production of “No Waiting in the Loitering Room”, and a community literature-based show based on The Giver by Lois Lowry.  Smarty Pants improv was his next stop, where along with his wife Nita, Joey and Jason Greene and Mike Nadolski he performed a weekly family friendly improv show at The Livery in Benton Harbor for close to 2 years. He is a founding member of TORP, and has performed in numerous local murder mysteries and corporate video productions. In an emergency, he can honestly say, “I am not a doctor, but I played one on TV.”  He and his wife have raised 23 children over the past 24 years and they have found that the fundamental principle of improv, “Yes, And”, can also be a way of life.

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Asend

BY LARIE KOEK
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

Asend - Larie has realized performances in ship yards, airplane hangars, beaches and forests using theater to take his audiences to many strange places and on exotic journeys. larry has performed in thunderstorms, been dipped full-bodied in wax and dissected a life-sized cadaver of himself made from see-through gelatin, fruits and vegetables. larry believes that audiences should take risks and that theater companies should be bold in their choice of playing spaces as well as in the material that they present.

 

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A life Illuminated by the Arts

BY PAUL MOW
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

A life Illuminated by the Arts - Paul Mow is currently the Theatre and Choral Coordinator on staff at Lake Michigan College as well as the Artistic Director and founder of the new The GhostLight Theatre right here in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Paul was a professional opera singer at the New York City Opera from 2001-2006, and has won a multitude of performance awards for his tenor voice and also recorded his solo Brahms album on the Lyrichord label in 2007 live in New York City's Town Hall.

 

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Jump!

BY ADRIENNE ALANE WHITE
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

JUMP! -  Adrienne White is a lifetime yogi, yoga teacher, lover of life, believer in humanity, and tries to practice the art of fearless “jumping”.  She has faith that she will always (in the nick of time) grow her wings on the way down. She started The Collective in Benton Harbor, MI to be a space of community, healing, and a place where deep conversations can be held.  She works every day to stay curious and to listen intently to the siren call of the universe. Serendipity is one of her favorite words.

 

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The Enigma of Happiness

BY ANDY WIBLE
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

The Enigma of Happiness - Andy Wible   Proving the principle that those who cannot do, teach, Andy's talk will be on happiness. It will look at what it is, explore why we all want it, and discuss several philosophical conundrums around it. Even though happiness will always be a bit of a mystery, examining these issues will hopefully help us to have a more fulfilling life.


Andy Wible is a philosophy professor at Muskegon Community College. He enjoys traveling, running, writing, socializing, and playing golf. He was able to bring together two of his favorite things, golf and philosophy, in a book called Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links a few years ago. He is best known locally for being married to Oliver Songlingco.

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The Human Lighthouse: A Beacon of Connection

BY ANDREW BENEDICT FISHER
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

The Human Lighthouse: A Beacon of Connection - Andrew Benedict Fisher is a local musician and singer in the Southwestern Michigan area. As lead singer and founder of The Andrew Fisher Quartet, a fusion jazz group, he has performed predominantly in the area for many years. While creating concert staples like the former concert series Sunday Night Jazz and the annual Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert, Andrew also shows his love and passion for music through private instruction as a Voice Teacher and Coach at the Citadel Dance and Music Center. Beyond the music, Andrew has a passion for the mind through philosophy, psychology and general mental health.


Andrew's talk will be on the subject of connection. While inherit to the human experience, it is something that we all, at times, struggle and deal with. In this discussion he offers a different way of thinking when it comes to connecting with others. From a firm foundation to bright and unique light that shines for all; be human lighthouse.

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ARS Longa, Vita, Brevis - “Art is long, life is short"

BY ANNA RUSSO SIEBER
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

ARS Longa, Vita, Brevis - “Art is long, life is short” - Anna Russo Sieber, Founder and Executive Director of Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery / ARS Gallery Arts & Culture Center has passionately dedicated her career to arts education for over 30 years. Throughout her career as an artist and teacher, she has exhibited her work at fairs, galleries, and art centers.  She has also developed several art programs at various institutions and has had the opportunity to work in museums, art centers, and schools with a focus on cultural arts and youth development.

 

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Scottish Food: More than just bloody haggis

BY STEPHEN APPLETON
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

Scottish Food: More than just bloody haggis, Stephen Appleton

Born, raised, and educated in Scotland, Stephen has enjoyed some Scottish food within that time period. He’s eaten pies at a football (proper version) match, enjoyed his dad's tablet, shared shortbread with work colleagues, and stuffed his face with many a fish supper. When not eating, he also had the time to meet and marry a girl from St. Joseph and have two kids; all of whom employ Scottish accents unconsciously when annoyed with him.

 

 

ST JOSEPH Blog

Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist

 

“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Christopher Gregory

    The most fascinating part of PechaKucha for me is the chance to hear amazing stories that are otherwise internalized, overlooked, or unheard. If you are reading this I believe you have a story to share.

  • Lana DeFrancesco

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again.

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Jorden Parker

    Life long SJ/BH Resident, I love this community and continue to find ways to engage my workplace with the activities I enjoy and the places they happen. By day I am architect at Wightman & Associates, by all the time I am a father to three daughters and a husband to someone else's.

  • Jaakko Kasko

    World traveler, athlete, brewer, guitarist, computer geek...yeah, that's pretty descriptive.