It’s called Pecha Kucha, a Japanese word for “chitchat.” It’s like TED on a meth binge, a super-session of sales pitches and idea rants from some of the most creative people in North Texas. Each speaker has only six minutes and forty seconds to talk — using 20 slides to illustrate whatever they’re talking about.
How their Big New Project is going. The life-changing event that just happened to them. Why they do what they do. Practical, how-to lessons mix with dreamy vacation slides, heart-stirring pleas for understanding and the occasional plot for taking over the world.
Plus! A mariachi band! From Greiner Middle School Exploratory Academy, performing in the lobby before the talks.
Presented by PKN Dallas and Art & Seek, these are the speakers on hand for Wednesday night at the City Performing Hall.
Hell, some may even perform stuff:
Bruce Wood, choreographer, Bruce Wood Dance Project (above).
Bernardo Diaz, artist and SMU instructor who is working with the West Dallas Community Center and SMU’s Meadows School on collaborative, community-based projects.
Bart Weiss, director of Dallas VideoFest.
Katherine Clapner, chocolatier at Dude, Sweet Chocolate.
Michael Robinson, puppeteer (most recently, Avenue Q at Theatre 3) and owner of the Dallas Costume Shoppe (left, with glasses).
Erica Felicella, the conceptual artist who most recently locked herself in a see-through plastic box outside the Kessler Theater for 48 hours.
Zad Roumaya, Change Chamber Development and Artspace.
Jonathan Norton, playwright, recent winner of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm New Works Fund.
Dave Herman, Jr., artist and co-founder of Preservation Link.
The event is $8.00 per person and advance tickets are available: http://pkndallas10.eventbrite.com/ Tickets are $10 at the door. The new City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora Street in Downtown Dallas. More information: www.PKNDallas.org and www.ArtandSeek.net. One lucky attendee will win a pair of TEDxSMU tickets in a random drawing during the event.