Past Baton Rouge Event: VOL 1

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The Rabbit Hole of Puppet Making

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I'll talk about the surprisingly deep rabbit hole that is puppet making, and my creative tumble down it."

A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Clay Achee has studied and worked in the film and television industry for over 10 years. His other hobby? Cooking? Golf? Nah, he makes puppets.

We thoroughly enjoyed his presentation The Rabbit Hole of Puppet Making at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, September 8th, 2016. 

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Worth More Than Gold

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"Discover what is more valuable, desirable, and beautiful than gold."

Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, coaching, and her online global community, Dima Ghawi serves as a catalyst for advancing women in leadership around the world. She has worked across the United States, Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia for several Fortune 100 companies, and was a 2014 recipient of the President of the United States' Bronze Volunteer Service Award. Her position of wide-reaching influence becomes even more impressive when you hear the story of what it took for her to get there.

At the first ever PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge, she presented her 400 seconds entitled, "Worth More Than Gold."

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Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I learned how to cook by throwing LSU tailgate parties." 

In Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1Jay Ducote shares the story of when he was on the TV show Food Network Star. Ducote is a food and beverage writer, radio host, culinary personality, professional chef, and self-proclaimed "hugger." He could talk about his numerous television appearances, the fact that he was named one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America by FOX’s MasterChef, his award-winning radio show, his product line, the fact that he has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City this July, or that he'll be opening his first restaurant, Gov't Taco, in 2017. But we only gave him 400 seconds.

This was "PechaKucha of the Week" on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. 

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Final Boarding Call

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"In the in-between land of the airport, what spaces of possibility, defeat, and mystery do we cross as we try to reach our final destination?"

Brooklyn transplant, Jeanette Plourde, creates physically-driven, experimental theatre pieces that explore the places where one art form intersects with another. Part dramatist, and part dancer, Plourde challenges the distinctions between language, movement, and theatre.

Jeanette presented her 400 seconds entitled "Final Boarding Call" at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I

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When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic?

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"There are at least a few common myths about opera that should be debunked!"

In When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic? from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1, mezzo-soprano, Katherine Sherwood White debunks the myths surrounding opera. Sherwood White has performed leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera Theater and Texas Opera Theater. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern State University, a master of music degree from the University of Texas and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In other words, she knows a lot more about opera than the rest of us. And even what we think we know might turn out to be wrong...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August 1st, 2016. 

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The Journey

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I'm nervous. But I just take a deep breath."

Kyla Bates is a two-time participant in the National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C., and was a 2016 National Top-Nine Finalist. Kyla was recently inducted as an Honor Thespian in the International Thespian Society, and received Superior ratings in both poetry and duo acting at the Vonnie Borden Speech Festival this year. Oh, and she just graduated high school. Did we mention she's only 18?

She gave her 400 seconds entitled, "The Journey" at Baton Rouge's first ever PechaKucha Night! 

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Why Not Talk About Race?

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"Change the narrative, change your destiny..."

For over 15 years, Maxine Crump worked in news, public relations and media development for the likes of BET, WAFB and others. She was a founding member of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and has been honored many times for her public service work. Maxine is currently the CEO of the non-profit organization, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, which promotes an education process for talking about race in our society. In short, if she's talking, you'll want to be listening.

And talk is exactly what she did at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I. during her presentation, "Why Not Talk About Race?"

Jay Ducote
Chef / Writer / Speaker / Entertainer / Hugger, Bite and Booze, Hug Jay D, Gov't Taco in Baton Rouge
Clay Achee
Director in Baton Rouge
Jeanette Plourde
Experimental Theatre Performer and Director in Baton Rouge
Maxine Crump
President and CEO, Dialogue on Race Louisiana in Baton Rouge
Katherine Sherwood White
Opera Singer, DMA - Vocal Performance in Baton Rouge
Mina Estrada
Dancer/Choreographer in Baton Rouge
Dima Ghawi
International Speaker and Founder, Dima Ghawi L.L.C. in Baton Rouge
Kyla Bates
Poetry Out Loud National Finalist in Baton Rouge