Past Bridgeport Event: VOL 1

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May 09, 2018
@ Barnum Museum

Barnum Statue image used with permission from photographer, Tim O'Brien.
PechaKucha Bridgeport is designed to bring people together to listen to great personal stories. PechaKucha is Japanese for "chit-chat." It is a presentation style in which one speaker uses 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds resulting in a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. Each Bridgeport PechaKucha Night will have multiple speakers and the events will be at different locations throughout the city. The first will be at the Barnum Museum on May 9th at 6:30 pm. and will fit the theme "The noblest art is making others happy!" (P.T. Barnum). Each PechaKucha is FREE, but registration is recommended. Go to <link to be added> to register. Two workshops are being provided for learning more about how to put together your own Pechakucha for an event. See the attached poster for more information.

WPKN interview about the Bridgeport Pechakucha - March 16, 2018:

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Finding My Journey Home

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Scott Davis describes how he found renewal and hope through the creation of art, experiencing nature, and finding communities of like-minded people.

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The Meaning of Jan

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Jan Schaeffler tells her journey that started out as a simple DNA test to search for her health history and discovered, much to her surprise, that she was British, not German. This led to a deeper journey into the woods where she discovered relatives she never knew, with family stories that were the same!

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Curious Creatures and Fairy Tales

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Heather Dailey-Mezzacappa has always had a passion for creating whimsical works of art, and she shares the story of bringing a collection of sculptures and illustrated stories to life! The project culminated in an amazing book of  curious creatures and fairy tales!

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Poetry -- The Inspiration of Maya Angelou

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Shanna Melton has shared her potery for years and has been making an impact on others. Much of her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou who set an example by sharing her triumph over the obstacles she faced and creating a legacy to influence others. Just as Maya Angelou elevated herself through her art, Shanna uses art as a bridge between herrself and her family/community.

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Meeting the Artists: Christo, Jeanne-Claude & Chihuly

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Tina Sommers, a graphic designer and visual artist,  shares her unusual experiences that culminated in meeting several artists. Her work on an online term paper started it all! 

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Photographing & Sharing the Stories of People in Bridgeport, CT

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine are professional photographers and they know that it is people who make a city! They present the stories behind their remarkable portraits of Bridgeport people. In the late 1980s and early 1990s they photographed several people of different occupations on Main Street. That project lead them to our Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project and then the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality calendars. They talk about how their earlier projects lead us to this current "Bridgeport Portrait Project!"

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Coming Out!

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Nina Lesiga makes life more worth living! She creates extraordinary experiences in ordinary situations and tells how she entertained throngs of people in a Macy’s elevator during a busy holiday shopping period. Her joy for life is contagious!

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A Feather Falls from the Sky

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Suzanne Kachmar shares her love for art, travel and unusual experiences to explain her work on a book -- that all started in magical Assisi, Italy. Her story expresses strong and emotional connections to the arts and the people of Bridgeport.

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The Top 15 Pieces of Theater that Influenced My Life

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Bill Derry has collected programs from nearly 1000 performances! In this story he shares the 15 most influential pieces of theater --- those that most impacted his memories, emotions and thoughts. He tries to demonstrate that theater is much more than entertainment!

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Annotating the Self: Writing and Recovering

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Amy Nawrocki became ill at age 19, and eventually ended up in a coma. She tells about her jouney through her illness utilizing her own journals from before and after the event. Writing through the illness and during rehabilitation was important to processing events at the time and making sense of them after. 

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The Indian Trail

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Mia Lipstick has strong roots in Bridgeport, especially to Beardsley Park. She tells the story of two kids enjoying the natural beauty of a trail along the water in the park, accompanied by Native American ghost spirits who encourage them to take care of the earth. 

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How “YouTube University” Changed My Life

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Daniel Recinos quit his job to document his life. As a first generation American from two Quatemalan parents he shares how his travels, his discovery of self-value and his education from "YouTube University" changed his life!

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Making of “Heaven Stood Still:” A Work in Progress

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Larry Locke has been working on a new film for over seven years and it is not finished yet. The key parts are the subject- singer Willy DeVille and his life story and the people he has met in the process  (like the late Ben E King, Peter Wolf from J Geils band, Marshall Crenshaw and many others). His story explains how the making of the movie has become its own story full of ups and downs spread across three continents with a deep connection to Connecticut.

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The Kitchen Table

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Raquel Pablo-Rivera is a chef instructor and small business owner who provides cooking instruction in Bridgeport.  She describes how she promotes healthy food and the preparation of delicious meals that are cost effective and require little ingredients or equipment.  She provides services to local lighthouse programs, farmers markets, senior centers and food pantries and this passion comes through in her story of how food connects people of all ages, regardless of income, race, or education level 

Nina Lesiga
Designer, Storyteller & Music Maker, N/L Productions in Stratford, CT
Bill Derry
Educational Consultant - Schools and Libraries in Milford
Tina Sommers
Art Director, CT Freelancer in Bridgeport
Raquel Rivera-Pablo
Chef , Self employed in Bridgeport
MIA Lipstick
Artist, Photographer, Writer & Nature Lover , Inspired by the Great Spirit ! in Bridgeport
Amy Nawrocki
Professor and writer, University of Bridgeport in Hamden
Suzanne Kachmar
Executive Director, City Lights & Company in Bridgeport
Daniel Recinos
Content Creator , The Recinos Company
Heather Dailey-Mezzacappa
Graphic Designer, Artist in Milford
Shanna Melton
Artist, Poetic Soul Arts in Bridgeport
Jan Schaeffler
Director of Research, Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport
Jay Misencik & Geralene Valentine
Photographers, Misencik Photography in Monroe
Scott Davis
Bookkeeping and Marketing Assistant in Bridgeport
Larry Locke
filmmaker in Westport