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This week's City Focus highlights the lovely seaside city of Long Beach, CA. With its delightful ocean view and intriguing sites such as the infamous RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach is home to a number of California's most popular tourist sites and renowned art and music centers. Long Beach natives often display their fascination for the arts and local culture by hosting numerous community events including PechaKucha Night. Have some fun in the sun and at night, chill with the cool creatives of Long Beach at PechaKucha Night Long Beach Vol.9 on May 31st. Hope to see you there!

Words and Light on a Dark Night

The lights in town were out. The core of Downtown Long Beach and its neighboring hood, the East Village Arts District, had been without electricty for over twenty-four hours.  The second installment of PechaKucha Night Long Beach at ArtExchange should have been cancelled but Long Beach's art community made it happen.

The electrical outage lasted more than 72-hours and it was a great time to reflect on how our daily needs and tasks are so interconnected with this massive - yet seemingly invisible - power structure. Having to travel out of the comfort of the East Village Arts District for WiFi to download the presentation, run-of-show and other compiled notes saved in the cloud felt like a feat from a Grecian tale. Rewriting the run-of-show because it wasn't download during said trip presented no major challenge to a nearly eidetic memory. Being reminded that printers can't print without power humbled the experience of the evening.  Calculating the battery life of lights left the team wishing they had paid closer attention in math class. 

While pre-show t-shirt block printing and drawing sessions went smoothly, it would be a lie to say the rest evening went off without issue. We needed power, lights and safety prepartions for a night of art in the dark. Magically, it all came together. Jordan Christian, one of the three abstract artists currently showing in the main gallery, had a gasoline powered generator. With generators a limited commodity in the area, we feared someone might take the one we were borrowing from Jordan. We put out a call for security. Local paparazzo Richard Shimizu answered and was even able to snag a couple of great pics of the night. A few other issues came up but were quickly resolved by our great community. Thanks to Amy for troubleshooting the generator (slash opening its carborator). Thanks to Damian for navigating us through our VGA to HDMI projector setup. And thanks to El Imagenero for catching some great shots of PKNLB at ArtExchange.

Despite the issues with the electrical grid, all of our presenters arrived on-time and ready with their best. In the comotion technical problems, something got messed up with the audio recorder for the event. Unfortunately, we'll only have a few recording from speakers to upload. But we're happy to chalk PKNLB#2 to a more experiencial volume. You had to be there to see and feel the magic. Regardless, the audience enjoyed every moment. For the night, ArtExchange had become this pocket of light and life in the beautifully dark and quite ocean skyline. Proof that the power of art wins. 

Local Writeup on PNKLB

Long Beach Post recently wrote an article about the upcoming launch of PechaKucha Long Beach. 

ArtExchange to Host Innovative Bimonthly Speaker Series During Third Thursdays Programming

by ASIA MORRIS on MAY 13 2015 17:22

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “PowerPoint presentation?”

Perhaps a heavy sigh escapes your mouth, paired with an eye roll, as you imagine all the professors in your past who tried to use said technology to unsuccessfully liven up an already boring lecture. Maybe you get a little anxious at the thought of having to give your own presentation, when the words you want to say don’t necessarily coordinate with the images or words projected behind you.

PechaKucha 20x20 is exactly the opposite. 

Read more: http://lbpost.com/life/arts-culture/2000006079