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Art&Seek Co-Curates Pecha Kucha Dallas And You're Invited

by Anne Bothwell 21 Aug 2012 10:08 AM

Get your tix now for PK Dallas Vol. 10 at the new City Performance Hall and check just a few of the speakers who’ll be presenting.


One big reason Art&Seek exists is to share new ideas about arts, music and culture in North Texas.  Hard to imagine a better way to do that than joining Pecha Kucha Dallas to co-curate an evening of fast-paced presentations from some of the artists and creative types that Art&Seek has been following.

When: Wednesday Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Where: City Performance Hall

Tickets: $8 advance. $10 cash at the door.

Mark your calendars, get your tickets (here please) and prepare for PK Dallas Vol 10.  Each presenter may show 20 slides and has 20 seconds per slide to chat about them.

Here are a few of the confirmed presenters.  Very excited to share more names in days ahead.

Bruce Wood. “I make dances,” said Bruce Wood, when we asked for his bio.  That’s an understatement. Jerome Weeks has been following  the choreographer’s work, and recently shared this radio/web story on exploring the male side of dance.

Erica Felicella: Photography, performance, installation, new media  – Felicella pushes herself to explore it all.  Stephen Becker captured her recent performance/endurance challenge – a weekend spent in a specially designed transparent box.

Dave Herman: The Art&Seek team spent some time last summer with the kids in one of  Dave Herman’s Preservation LINK media literacy classes. But we’re also interested in artwork exploring his connections to the  Gullah Geechee in South Carolina.

Zad Roumaya: He describes himself as a serial entrepreneur. But Zad’s also been a behind-the-scenes force in the effort to bring ArtSpace, affordable artist housing, to Dallas.  Stephen told KERA listeners about that last month.

Jonathan Norton: This rising playwright’s work has been produced by TeCo Theatrical Productions, South Dallas Cultural Center and Soul Rep Theater Company, among others. This summer,  the African-American Repertory Theater and Norton won a $25,000 grant to produce his play homeschooled.

Bart Weiss: Dallas VideoFest is celebrating 25 years this fall, and founder Bart Weiss was there at the beginning. He’s an award-winning filmmaker, associate professor and also, frequent guest blogger on Art&Seek.

Pecha Kucha was created in Tokyo as a way for designers to meet and share ideas. PK Dallas has been a great source for inspiration for us at Art&Seek.  For example, we first heard of Brad Goldberg at a PK evening, and then invited him to come on the Art&Seek segment of Think TV.

Hope you’ll join us on Sept. 19!

Press release after the jump.

Pecha Kucha Dallas and KERA’s Art&Seek present PKN vol. 10

at the City Performance Hall Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DALLAS, Texas (August 21, 2012) – Pecha Kucha Night, an international phenomenon in over 340 cities world-wide presents PKN Dallas vol. 10 on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7pm at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.  The event is $8.00 per person and advance tickets are available: Tickets are $10 at the door.  The new City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora Street in Downtown Dallas.  More information: and

Pecha Kucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Confirmed presenters for PKN vol. 10 include:  Bart Weiss, Founder of Dallas VideoFest; Bruce Wood, choreographer; Erica Felicella, artist; Zad Roumaya, Change Chamber Development; Jonathan Norton, playwright; Dave Herman Jr., Founder of Preservation Link.  More speakers to be announced.

“It’s been a blast to work with Pecha Kucha to get a few of the many great artists we’ve been following at Art&Seek  together on stage at this new venue,” said Anne Bothwell, director of Art&Seek.  “Art&Seek exists to share new ideas about the arts, and PK is a perfect way to do that. Can’t wait to share the rest of the lineup”


Bart Weiss, Dallas VideoFest founder

Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator, who has lived in Dallas since 1981. He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas VideoFest. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV in Dallas, and is the artistic Director of 3 Stars Cinema. He is currently an Associate Professor at UT Arlington. He is a former President of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), former (and founding) board member Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition (DARE),   He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, and United Features Syndicate. Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 1978.

Bruce Wood, choreographer

A nationally acclaimed choreographer of more than 75 works, Bruce Wood is artistic director and choreographer of the Dallas-based Bruce Wood Dance Project (BWDP). In its second season, BWDP is dedicated to cultivating original work and advancing professional dance in Texas. Growing up in Fort Worth, Wood received a full scholarship at age 16 to the School of American Ballet under the tutelage of George Balanchine. His performance credits include New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. As a guest artist, he has performed internationally with DV8 Physical Dance in London and Contemporary Dance Canada. Back in his hometown of Fort Worth, Wood founded the Bruce Wood Dance Company (BWDC), directing it from 1997 to 2007. BWDC presented annual seasons at Bass Hall and went on three national tours. Wood has become known for his works inspired by cowboy culture. One of his most successful and requested works from this repertoire is Lovett!, set to the music of Lyle Lovett. Wood has been commissioned by Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater and River Center Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia. In 2010, he was honored by the Dance Council of North Texas with the Mary Bywaters Award for his lifetime contribution to dance.

Link to web site:

Zad Roumaya, Change Chamber Development,

Zad Roumaya  is a serial entrepreneur, creating, funding, and operating  ventures over the last 15 years, within the Commercial Software Sector, the Retail Sector (Golf Specialty ), the Architectural Design and Build sector, which also included Change Chamber Studios, a Fine Art and Sculptural Studio.  Since 1999, Roumaya has focused on Real Estate investment with inner city rehab and new construction development, spanning office, creative live-work spaces, multifamily developments of condominium and Class A apartments.  In 2010, Roumaya also formalized a consulting relationship with Artspace –  the nationally recognized leader of Affordable Housing and Mixed use venue, specifically for Artists and Art related uses (see

Erica Felicella, Artist

Erica Felicella is a self-taught photographer, performance, new media and installation artist living in Oak Cliff – Dallas, Texas.  She is actively involved in her local art community not only as an organizer and curator of art exhibitions and a mentor to new and emerging artists, but also as a creative in constant search for new and exciting ways to share her own unique perspective with the rest of the world.

Jonathan Norton, playwright

Jonathan is a Dallas-based playwright. Jonathan’s plays include Mississippi Goddamn, My Tidy List of Terrors, Everybody’s Got A Little Light, The Last Supper, 84, Down Argentine Way, Wonderful World, and Our Lady of South Oak Cliff: The Virgin Shenequa. His plays have been produced or developed at Playpenn, Texas Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, South Dallas Cultural Center, TeCo Theatrical Productions, and Soul Rep Theater Company. He has also been a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is a recipient of the Diaspora Performing Arts Commission, and is one of three inaugural recipients of the TACA/Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. His newest piece, homeschooled, is funded by the TACA grant and will make its world premeire at African American Repertory Theater in 2013. Jonathan is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and SMU.

David Herman, Jr., Founder Preservation Link

A son of the Gullah Geechee people, David has roots deeply embedded in the soils of South Carolina. Currently, David serves as Co-founder/Creative Director of Preservation LINK, Inc., an education agency that works to educate youth through media arts and technology. David extends artistic and cultural exploration through his traveling photography and educational exhibits. David earned a Masters of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas during the fall of 2008 and works to advance the field of visual literacy, preservation, and education.

About Art&Seek

Art&Seek brings North Texans news about arts, music and culture. Reports from team’s arts journalists, Jerome Weeks and Stephen Becker, appear regularly on KERA FM 91.7.  In addition, more than 3,000 arts groups are represented on Art&Seek’s calendar. Check that out, and more, at