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05 APR


We've really done it this time, folks. This will be the best PK Kalispell Night yet. Really really.

Featuring the theme Art & Design (again! why? because!) we've hauled in a fantastic line-up of local artists, photographers, designers, illustrators, and magical unicorns ready to blow the tops off of your noggins.

Seeing as this event has grown substantially over the last few years, we will be hosting PK at a larger venue with tons of Kalispell downtown charm and room for everyone (the Sassafras Ballroom above the – you guessed it – Sassafras).

We'll have drinks, snacks, and a donation jar. This event is free.


Featured Presentation

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David Steele

Wearer of many hats (and helmets), Rocky Mountain Outfitter in Kalispell, MT

For those who grow up in the outdoors, it comes easy. It is much easier to be a competent skiier, or climber, or adventurer if you come at it from an early age. Yet contrary to popular belief, David Steele shows that old dogs CAN learn new tricks. The great benefit to a person trying something new is people who have been on that path before themselves. David shows that life can be challangeing and exciting for all of us at all stages of the journey, no matter if you are a cohort, a mentor, or an up-and-comer. 

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Adaptive Reinvention

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

Sometimes it is hard to stay on the path that life has put in front of you; Zana  Faulkner knows this better than most. From horseback riding to martial arts to competative road racing to mountian biking, Zana's journey has been a long and winding one, and not always pleasant. But if you come to a fork in the road, or if the path becomes rocky, or if the upcoming route remains hidden behind a bend, Zana's story stresses the importance of staying on the trail and completing the journey. 

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Archery As a Way of Life

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

It is easy to take for granted the simple form of the classic bow and arrow, but Shelton Fitzgerald knows that a great deal of hard work makes that possible. An expert bowmaker utilizing classic construction, Shelton's medium connects him to the natural world and simultaneously pays respect to traditional American Indian bowmaking methods. Whether in archery or in life, Shelton demonstrates that the steps to success are unchanged: take aim, drawback, and hit your target with authority.  

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Adversity, Adventure and the Outdoors

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

"Adding insult to injury" is thankfully a phrase Rob Conte is unfamiliar with. Oh, he's had injuries: between his work life as a wildland firefighter and river guide, and his pastimes of mountian biking and snowboarding, injuries pretty much come with the territory. But Rob usually does not have to deal with the "insults", as his close network of family and friends supported him every step of the way as they "played through the pain" together. 

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Classic Worst Climbs

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

We've all heard of "best of" lists: best albums, best cheeseburgers, best PechaKucha speakers, what have you. So what did Mike Bestwick do? He flipped the script. Trying to climb the highest peak in Glacier National Park in a single day would indeed be worthy of inclusion on a best-of list, if not for the cold, hard realities that accompany an adventure of this magnatude. No food? No daylight? No problem for Mike! (just don't ask him about prescription painkillers)

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Exploring The West By Van

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

"Now young man, what do you wnat to do with your life?!"

"Actually I kinda want to be a landscape painter, having great adventures, travelling near and far, all to follow my artistic vision and catch the light for the perfect composition."

"Well, La Di Frickin' Da! We got ourselves an artist here! Well, you're gonna be doing a lot of landscape painting when you're LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!"

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Doin' The Cheeky Chicken

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

He's done the hustle. He's even done the Bartman. But Jason Mills doesn't think he's ever done the Cheeky Chicken. However, Jason Millsdefinitelytley a perfect teacher. Beginning as a solo climber, Jason soon combined his love of the high country with his profession as a grade school teacher. His student Erica can attest. While Jason was teaching Erica the ways of the rock climber, he demonstrates one of life's most important lessons himself: life is better when you have a good climbing partner. 

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Sharing Culture: Montana to Mongolia

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

Can there be a link between Montana and Mongolia? It was Greg Schatz's job to find one when he traveled there with his wife Deborah. Their job was simple - find a way to convince western tourists that a trip to remote Mongolia should be on everyone's bucket list. No problem right? 

In a few short minutes, Greg that the place you are in on the outside matters little; it's the inside, the humanity, that counts.


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Changing Gears

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

There's going for it, and then there's GOING for it. The difference is subtle, and sometimes it takes a new perspective to see it. That's what Cricket Butler found as she picked up mountain biking, first as a hobby and then as a lifestyle. It all started by riding from Banff to the Mexican border; as Cricket has turned this lifestyle into a profession, it doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. 



City Focus: Kalispell

This weeks city focus is on Kalispell, Montana, the gorgeous valley with a secret key to Glacier National Park. Rich with Native American influence, Kalispell is directly translated in Salish to “flat land above the lake.” Kalispell is the home to beautiful wildlife, trails, and mountain ranges, all interwoven by strikingly blue lakes nestled between. The vast space of Kalispell is reflected among the open minds that are coming to speak at PechaKucha Night Kalispell Vol. 5. Hope to see you there! 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Ben Oblas

    I have been a woodworker for the past 12 years, designing and building custom furniture and cabinetry. After obtaining a degree in graphic design from Loyola Marymount University, I sought to transition my design experience to woodworking through traditional apprenticeship training. Since that time I have shown work in galleries throughout the region including the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking in Seattle and Gallery One in Ellensburg. I am native to Washington state but I call Montana home.

  • Zana Faulkner

    Native Montanan, but a city dweller for 20 years. Happy to be back in the mountains and on trails, exploring and finding trouble.

  • Elma Giavases

    I'm an art director at a marketing and graphic design agency in northwest Montana. And a mom. And a community activist. And a drinker of cocktails. And beer.

  • Jacob Thomas

    Jacob Thomas, a native Detroiter, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. He first moved to Montana on a temporary basis in 2008, and promptly spent the next nine years figuring out how to return for good. On the rare occasion when he gets to leave his office, Jacob enjoys hiking, biking, reading fantasy novels, and obsessing over Michigan Football.

  • April Vomfell

    April Vomfell is a farmer, foodie, flower grower, writer and digital marketer. In 2015 she co-founded Flathead Farmworks. She is fascinated by ideas, plants and the beauty of northwest Montana.