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Jeffery Schielke

Mayor, City of Batavia in Batavia, IL

Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

PRESENTED ON FEB 16, 2017
IN BATAVIA @ VOL 6

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.

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Heroes of Wood, Glass, Steel

BY KEIJI ASHIZAWA
@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Keiji Ashizawa is a metalworker with a lot of industrious friends. Keiji shows off some of his amazing work with steel and aluminum, as well as the lighting, wood, and glasswork of those who he works with. He also discusses the structures and furniture he built for those in the tsunami-affected area of Ishinomaki, Japan. (in Japanese)

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

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The Shape of Water

BY ISAO EGUCHI
@ 「ICSでNIGHT」 ON SEP 23, 2013

Isao Eguchi is a designer from Kawagoe city in Japan. He uses materials such as wood, plastic, and clay to make chairs, tables, plates, trays, blocks, learning tools, and containers. Here he shows us some of his works. (In Japanese)

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Rose Bakery Arrives in Japan

BY TOMOKO UDOHIRA
@ PECHAKUCHA X ARTEK ON OCT 31, 2013

Tomoko Udohira presents the famous Rose Bakery. This bakery is headquartered in Paris and is always crowded. In this bakery they cook things like pizzas and carrot cakes. To make them they use as many organic ingredients as possible. Recently Rose Bakery has opened branches in Japan. (In Japanese)

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From Welding to Wood to Bronze

BY RODNEY HILL
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Rodney Hill, Architect and professor, discusses the results of many years of sculpting. From unintended opportunities that opened while covering design gaps in the architecture offices he worked for, he discovered a path that led from welding to wood to bronze as an avocation. He shared his large scale, very intricate wood carvings, some with erotic affordances requested by clients.

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Galloping with Wood and Steel

BY SHOHEI TOYODA
@ VOL 19 ON OCT 10, 2015

Berklee College of Music graduate Shohei Toyoda retunred to Japan a few years ago on a mission to share his love of music, especially country music. Specializing in finger pick guitar, Shohei gave us a taste of his guitar talents in a moving presentation/performance on his passion. 

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Bill Massey’s Tourists

BY JAN BOLWELL
@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2015

Jan Bolwell is a playwright, performer, choreographer, dance educator and director of Wellington’s Crows Feet Dance Collective, a dance company for mature women.

Bolwell’s fluency, grace, precision and wit as a dancer is truly remarkable.” John Smythe

She has created over twenty works for Crows Feet since its’ beginning in 1999. In 2014 she created a full length version of Karl Jenkins famous choral work The Armed Man in commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in WW1. The work is being remounted in 2015 and staged in Carterton, Napier and Wellington.

Bill Massey’s Tourists, currently touring New Zealand, is Jan’s fifth play and the third in a trilogy of solo plays. Standing on my Handstold the story of her father’s WW2 experiences and Here’s Hilda! ( Chapman Tripp Theatre Award nominee) dramatised her grandmother’s life.

In 2013 her play Dancing in the Wake, featuring Sacha Copland and John Smythe and herself, toured throughout the country with Arts on Tour New Zealand. Double Portrait, her play about Frances Hodgkins with actors John Wraight and Perry Piercy, also toured extensively throughout New Zealand.

In September 2014 Jan directed and choreographed the hit play Destination Beehive at Circa Theatre in Wellington.

In November 2015 Jan takes up a writers residency at the Robert Lord Writer’s Cottage in Dunedin where she will write a play about Freda du Faur, the first woman to climb Mount Cook/Aoraki in 1910.

Jan is still involved in education and is currently on contract to Te Kura (Correspondence School) where she has helped pioneer NCEA dance standards for Correspondence students.

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Knock on Wood!

BY AYA UTSUMI
@ VOL 149 ON JUL 26, 2017

建築家の内海彩さんは、木や木造の新しい可能性を模索し社会に提案するチーム・ティンバライズのメンバーとしても活動し、さまざまな新しい木造建築の実現に取り組んでいます。プレゼンテーションでは、10年かけて完成した都内の5階建木造集合住宅について披露してくださいます。

Architect Aya Utsumi explores the newest possibilities with of working with wood materials as a member of team “Timbreiz”, the design collective realizing focussed on wooden architecture. In her presentation this Wednesday, she will introduce a 5-story wooden apartment complex in Tokyo which took 10 years to complete!

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Did you say wabisabi???

BY GREGORY BOZZETTI
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 31, 2018

Gregory Bozzetti presents about a tale blending the roots of Japanese tea ceremony and modern luthiery.

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Resourceful Bill

BY TJ WALDOFSKY
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 25, 2018

TJ speaks of his tight bond and the resourcefulness of his grandfather Bill.