Pecha Kucha: Badass, Creative Presentations Raiding Eugene’s The Davis May 20

(Oh yeah, and I'm one of the presenters.)

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3rd Pecha Kucha Night Eugene: 6 presenters, 20 slides, 7 minutes, and lots of booze

If you're like me, you've never heard of Pecha Kucha either. You also have no idea how to pronounce it.

Yet you find yourself irresistibly intrigued and must find out more. You even realize that on May 20, you're going to be at The Davis in downtown Eugene, where they're hosting Eugene's third Pecha Kucha Night. Heck, it even turns out that I'm one of the presenters. Guess we should get trained up on what Pecha Kucha is, huh?

What is Pecha Kucha?

It may look like the name of, say, a Malaysian city, but Pecha Kucha is actually a fascinating, creative presentation format that's been sweeping the world. Oh, and it's pronounced in 3 syllables, like "peh-chak-cha".

Pecha Kucha has a simple, patented format that is easy to follow, while allowing for an easily digestible wide range of topics from a diverse group of local creatives.

The way it works is like this: each presenter is allowed 20 images, with each image shown for 20 seconds. After 6 minutes and 40 seconds, that presenter is done and it's on to the next person.

See? Simple. So simple, that it has caught on in a global way. From its origins in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha nights now happen in over 200 cities worldwide, including our good ol' Eugene.

What's happening at Eugene's 3rd Pecha Kucha night, and why should you care?

If you dislike crappy Powerpoint drudgery but like interesting, thought-provoking ideas and shows and such, you'll want to come to Pecha Kucha. Let's just ignore the fact that I'm presenting; really, I'm sure someone got eaten by an orangutan, it left the organizer in a tough spot, and they asked me out of desperation. You can't hold that against them, and having to listen to me for 7 minutes, hellish though it may seem, is not a valid reason to miss out. Besides, it's The Davis, so you can get well-soused before enduring me.

So far there are 6 presenters on the docket, but bugger if I know what they're up to. From what I've learned of the format and variety of presenters though, I just expect it'll be a damn fun time.

Voice for print won't keep this writer quiet

Garrison Keillor is fond of pointing out that he has a "face for radio". I understand — I've known for many a year that I have a "voice for print". Despite this handicap, I'm going to have some fun with this, and I think you will too.

I won't say much about my presentation, but I will say…, well, actually, no, I'm not going to say anything at all about what I'm going to do.

But thank goodness you'll be there to find out.

Eugene's 3rd Pecha Kucha Night

  • How's that pronounced again? "peh-chak-cha"
  • When: 7-9 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2010
  • Where: The Davis, 94 W. Broadway (at Olive), Downtown Eugene, Oregon, 1.541.338.9333
  • Cost: Donations (and buy your own booze… and a drink for me, you know, to settle the nerves)

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