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We haven't scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there's one you can attend!

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Photography as Art

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Nicolina Holt, an award winning photographer, earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a photojournalist, art teacher and photography instructor. She continues her fine art photography and is the Volunteer Coordinator at Krasl Art Center and the Community Relations Director at Holt Bosse. She works and resides in St. Joseph, Mich. with her family.

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The Fascinating House of David: Whiskers in Paradise

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Chris Siriano is a historian who will shed light on the fascinating story of the religious colony founded in Benton Harbor in 1903. The House of David entertained the nation for over three-quarters of a century, and made a rural southwestern Michigan county into an economic powerhouse while waiting for the world to end. Their members weren’t allowed to have sex, eat meat, drink alcohol, or own personal property. To this day, people talk about how fun they were.

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Dish Pit to Restaurant Owner: A Chef Story

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

James Galbraith is a local chef who has been cooking in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor for 15 years. He lives (and cooks) in the Arts District with his little girl Ava, and their dog Roxy. James is one half of the sibling-duo behind the New American restaurant Houndstooth coming to the BHAD.

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Beyond Obstacles

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Members of the Lake Michigan College Honors Program will talk about their personal experiences related to opportunity and taking risks as they attend community college and work towards life goals. Members of the group include Hattie Folsom, Alysa Gould, Caleb Lewis, Caleb Capps, Stella Pyo, Amy Scrima, Zenah Farhan, Chris Symonds, Jonathan Upson, and Paige Massey-Orlando.

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Evolution of an "Artist"

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Anthony "Scooter" DiMaggio was born and raised here in Michigan but has lived half his life in New York City. Naturally, he combines a homespun mid-western practicality with a more global and holistic sensibility. As a visual artist, he moved quickly from drawing, to painting, to sculpture, then on to wacky invention. After graduate school, he reluctantly moved into the real world and among other things; enjoyed life as a bartender, helped to start a custom made bobblehead business, and began to seriously confront the age-old existential ponderings that yearn for spiritual enlightenment. Today, he expands this evolution with fresh intention and personality to share his brand of humor and awareness through newer features and formats.

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Feeling PhiloSLOTHical

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Emily McKenna and Sara Kotanko have a strange fascination with sloths. Instead of working at their respective jobs, they spend most of their time researching obscure sloth facts, texting sloth memes and giggling incessantly. They have never before shared their obsession with the public... until now. Find out why sloths are such a popular phenomenon, why they are so adorable and what they teach us about the world we live in.

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My Journey as an Artist into Buddhism

@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Kunga Nyima Drotos currently maintains an art studio in St. Joseph, Michigan. His artwork has been featured in multiple solo shows and many group exhibitions in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Ohio. After spending the last fifteen years focused on making artwork, he presented a one-person exhibition of thirty-five mixed media paintings at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI in 2017. In the fall of 2018, he participated in a group show at Randolph-Macon College Flippo Gallery in Ashland, VA. Kunga Nyima also works as a hospice social worker for Caring Circle.

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Evoking Spirit

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2018

TJ Schwartz currently is an artist and stay at home mom. Born in West Michigan, TJ Schwartz attended summers at Interlochen Arts Camp and the prestigious HSPVA school in Houston, Texas. After becoming a winner of YoungArts, she became a student of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland. There she learned ceramics and majored in fibers, focusing on weaving. After school Schwartz moved back to Houston to become an art teacher for several years. TJ Schwartz was inspired to return to ceramics upon moving to Saint Joseph, MI and joined the Krasl Art Center ceramic guild.

"My talk will tell the story of spirit within my work. Whether it be the spirits that inspire me or the spirit I breathe into my work. As a child I spent large amounts of time with my Grandparents and within their homes I learned of things that still haunt me to this day such as family stories, the spirit of nature, loss, and ghosts. As an artist I have strived to evoke my viewers the essence of those things." -tjs



Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist


“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Lana DeFrancesco

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again.

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Ronnika Williams

    Ronnika (RJ) is a nail polish enthusiast, and storyteller. The children's book author is passionate about exploring the stories of those in the black community. Her multimedia documentary project (The Final 48 Project) discussing the journey of grief in the black community is sure to leave you speechless.