Daily Archives: November 8, 2010

Pecha Kucha Night returns to downtown Phoenix on Friday

Downtown Phoenix has long been a hub for creatives of all types: artists,  architects,  graphic gurus, web ninjas, urban planners… and on and on. This past April, PechaKucha—an event designed as a sounding board for these creative minds lost in the desert sand—arrived in town for the first time.  Buoyed by the success of that event, a second event is happening this Friday evening at Bragg’s Pie Factory 1301 Grand Ave.

Pecha Kucha, pronounced “peh-chak cha” is Japanese for chit-chat. Meaning the sound of busy conversation going on in a room. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a means for designers to show their work, PechaKucha Nights has become a global phenomenon with events taking place in 326 cities around the world today.

To keep the momentum, a very efficient shotgun style presentation format called “20×20” was created. That’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide; a total of six minutes, forty seconds. Stand up, tell the world what you got, and then sit the hell down. This format demands that presenters be precise, concise, and engage audiences with only their most compelling work and ideas. No prolonged speeches, no endless PowerPoint slides, and no bullet points!

PechaKucha PHX is the one place designers of all disciplines can share their latest projects, newest curiosities, insights, aspirations and flashes of brilliance; to show what they’ve done, are doing, or are psyched-up about doing next.

For the second event, David White—who successfully brought us PKN Phx 1—has passed the role of City Organizer onto Jason Ayers. Jason brings his dedication, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to this event and promises to showcase the best and brightest in the Phoenix creative community.

For additional information, including speaker profiles, visit the PechaKucha PHX website at http://www.pknphx.com/.


What: Pecha Kucha Night Phoenix #2

When: Friday, Nov 12, 2010. Food & Drink: 5:30 pm. Show Starts: 7:00 pm

Where: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tickets: $10, includes food and drinks during the event (yes, that means beer and wine).  Advance sales ONLY.  http://pknphx.com/attend/

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Certified Local Fall Festival this Saturday, Nov. 13th

Free food • Live music • Fun for kids • Unique shopping • Live Music

Now in its 6th year, the Certified Local Fall Festival celebrates Arizona’s locally owned businesses with a bang this November!

This family-friendly street festival drew over 5,000 attendees last year with over 60 members participating. We hope you’ll count yourself as one of the attendees for this year’s festival!

Entertainment is provided by some of Arizona’s best musicians and bands. Many booths will also have fun activities!

Certified Local Fall FestivalLocal breweries and vineyards provide drinks in the Beer & Wine Garden; many local vendors will also be offering non-alcoholic drinks

A raffle and silent auction raise funds for Local First and the first 500 attendees receive gift bags!

A bouncing castle will keep the young ones entertained while kids of all ages can scale the rock climbing wall.


Where? Duck and Decanter 1651 E Camelback, Phoenix 85016 (map)

When: Saturday, Nov. 13th, 10 am – 4 pm

Contact: (602) 274-5429 • duckanddecanter.com

More Info: http://www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/ or Facebook Page


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