Past Batavia Event: VOL 4

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August 11, 2016
@ Island View Banquets (at Batavia VFW)

An August Gathering

Island View Banquets (at Batavia VFW)
645 South River Street (Illinois Route 25)

General Admission: $5.00 (cash only)

Doors open at 6:00 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Food by Pal Joey's (cash only)
Beverages by Island View Banquets (cash only) 

Featured Presenters

Michael Barton on "The Joy of Destroying My Business"

Jennifer DuBose on "The Human Library"

Sarah Garcia on "A Day Behind the Music"

Jim Jenkins on " 'Deus Ex Machina,' 'Hliehhan,' 'The Book,' and Me"

Yvonne "E.V." Jones on "The Road Less Traveled"

Ron Onesti on "The Arcada Theatre with Onesti Entertainment"

Gary Ricke on "Closer to Something"

Jo Ann Smith on "My Ideal Bookshelf"

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The Joy of Destroying My Business

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

While operating a successful photography studio in Batavia, Illinois, Michael Barton was honored with many awards and accolades while becoming one of the most decorated photographers in the country. Although these distinctions opened doors to opportunities that few photographers get to experience, there was always something missing. After walking away from what he had spent so much time creating, it turns out that even better things were waiting for him.

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The Human Library

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Samantha Williams’ most sincere hope is that she can change hearts and minds through a little education. “People can meet someone who is trans [transgender] and learn, ‘Hey, this is an average person,’” she said recently, “nothing special about them.” Jennifer DuBose begs to differ, as she is rather proud of Samantha and all of her (Jennifer’s) special “human books.” They are challenging prejudice, planting seeds, and promoting peace, one conversation at a time.

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A Day Behind the Music

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Sarah Garcia consistently heard the comment, “You have the coolest job in the world!” so she decided to show people “A Day Behind the Music” and let them judge the coolness of her job in the music industry for themselves. From the early rise at 5:00 a.m. to the construction and deconstruction of a stage in less than 16 hours, and the catering, the security, the union labor, the heavy equipment, and the pyrotechnics, and finally from the settlement of the contract to the late departure, exhausted at 2:00 a.m. the following morning, Sarah Garcia shows us the real reasons she loves her job.

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"Deus Ex Machina," "Hliehhan," "The Book," and Me

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Commissioned by the Aurora (Illinois) Public Library to produce a piece of public sculpture that illustrates the intersection of art and technology, James G. Jenkins produced three distinct yet related works of art: an outdoor public sculpture, an indoor “time machine / desk,” and a large medieval manuscript-like, artist-made book of collages. The latter work, which the artist describes as “graphplotfictionfacttotems,” illustrates the journey of creation, fabrication, and installation of the artworks at the library. It is an intentional, repetitiously redundant, self-referential echo.

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The Road Less Traveled

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

"I became almost obsessed with writing this story, as if someone was telling me 'You need to get this out on  paper.'"

In "The Road Less Traveled" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 4, E.V. Jones examined how events in her life, both good and bad, led her down the path to where she is today, a published author, a registered nurse, and mom of six children. Story writing and -telling was a form of therapy for Yvonne’s oldest son, who was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. Story nights turned into The Wish, an original story written by . This first book became a series that was picked up by a publishing company.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 7th, 2016.

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The Arcada Theatre with Onesti Entertainment

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

In 2005, Ron Onesti took over the Arcada Theatre, a 900-seat vaudeville theater in St. Charles, Illinois, that opened 90 years ago, in 1926. He restored the theatre to its original splendor and now uses it to showcase local and national talent in the far western suburbs of Chicago. The Arcada Theatre is now the No. 1 live-music venue in the Midwestern United States with more than 200 shows annually.

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Closer To Something

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Gary Ricke was contemplating reaching 50 years of age when, on his actual birthday, he heard the story of Joshua Prager and his book, 100 Years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life. These observations on the topic of aging changed everything Gary had ever thought about getting older, so, for “Closer to Something,” he decided to pair his life story with some of the universal truths expressed over the centuries.

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My Ideal Bookshelf

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

“My name is Jo Ann and I am a bookaholic.”

In "My Ideal Bookshelf" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 4Jo Ann Smith shared the books that have affected her life. Jo Ann's ideal bookshelf includes books that led to travel, computer science textbooks that she authored, a special reference to Sherlock Holmes, and even a book worth $6,500. Her final book led to a musical “Good Night.”

Jo Ann Smith
Retired Consultant/Professor of Computer Science, BOOM Consulting in Batavia, Illinois
Ron Onesti
Owner, Onesti Entertainment Corporation in Batavia
Yvonne (E.V.) Jones
Nurse/Author, West Suburban Hospital in Batavia
Jim Jenkins
Artist, Self in Batavia
Sarah Garcia
Concert Promoter / Production Manager, Live Nation Entertainment in Batavia, IL
Michael Barton
Visual Artist/Educator, Michael Barton Art in North Aurora, IL
Jennifer DuBose
Licensed Family Therapist; columnist; and Founder, Human Library of the Fox Valley in Batavia