PRESS RELEASE FOR EVENT Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Ellen Theatre
After losing both parents in early 2018, Matt Brailsford and his then 8- and 12-year-old sons decided to take a leave of absence from work and school to hike and travel around the world. Their 4-month trip included 17,000-foot glaciers in Nepal, tea plantations in Sri Lanka, orangutans in Borneo, sailing pirate infested waters of the Sulu Sea, living local in the Philippines and finally a visit with grandma in Shanghai.
Their story highlights the next PechaKucha Night at the Ellen Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12. Both nights start at 6:40 p.m.
Spencer, and Camden, the Miller Brothers, take family adventures in another direction. The aspiring engineer and filmmaker took off on a 3-month van trip across America after their parents’ separation and liked it so much that they now live side-by-side in their vans, working on a documentary about their travels.
John Bluefeather, a wilderness wanderer and photographer, will give PK audiences a wonderful glimpse into his world, including images of his month-long solo canoe trip into the wilderness of Atlan Lake, British Columbia. And, keeping with the adventure theme, Maury Irvine will tell his story of searching for dinosaurs and Genghis Khan with Jack Horner.
Also presenting both nights is historian and USAF veteran August Uhl, who will describe his efforts to preserve veterans’ stories through a magazine that is part graphic novel and part military history magazine. On a related theme, Lynn Kinnaman will talk about our vanishing personal history, why it matters and what we can do about it.
Other speakers include Cindy Christin on the history of Little Golden Books; Michael Fox on his 30-year battle with type 1 diabetes and the app he has developed to help people find the right diet for them; Dezri Rochin on “Not anonymous: Things I’ve learned since I got sober”; Collette Brooks-Hops, with her amusing, but serious “confessions of a wayward daughter”; and Lisa Downing on how to achieve more happiness in your life.
Raconteur, comedian, actor, director, radio producer and puppeteer Ryan Cassavaugh will emcee the September event, which is sponsored by longtime PK supporter American Bank.
PechaKucha (peh-chak-cha) offers anyone with a passion or a vision--designers, artists, inventors, architects, adventurers, entrepreneurs—an opportunity to share their ideas with the community during a fast-paced, friendly social get-together. There's just one catch—presenters have only 20 slides x 20 seconds each, a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds!
Advance tickets are available online for $9 at theellentheatre.com. Student tickets are available at the door for $5.