PechaKucha Presentation

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Lúcia Furukawa Couto

Spanish Coordinator, Western Heights Dental in Knoxville, TN

Fluting, Anyone? Smoky Mountain Flute Circle


The Native American Flute is a fascinating instrument that creates exquisite music. It is used and has been used by Native American people in different ways, such as in their prayers, festivities, weaved with their beautiful stories, or for boys to woo girls.

The Knoxville/Townsend area is very lucky to be home of the Smoky Mountains Flute Circle. The SMFC has hosted two back to back National level events, the 2013 and 2014 Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation annual gatherings. It all started with Knoxville Area Cherokee Flute Player Randy McGinnis who founded the SMFC. 

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On Top of the Gotanda Mountain


Christian Ridder shares a few of his beautifully brushed ink paintings created while living in Tokyo "on top of the Gotanda mountain." A portfolio full of great images can be found on his blog here.

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Depicting the Circle Hunt

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 28, 2013

Artist Carrie Walker is inspired by historical circle hunts - in which hunters would form a circle around a large portion of land and slowly close in, killing every animal they came across. Carrie found rich imagery in descriptions of these events, and had a desire to depict the now forgotten animals. She embarks on a road trip to recreate scenes which she skillfully translates onto paper. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 6, 2014.

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Revitalizing Knoxville

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 12, 2016

David Dewhirst discusses how the revitalization of Knoxville continues to save the city's unique architectural heritage while fostering the growth of a strong, connected and passionate community. 

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Big Ears – Listening and Changing the Conversation

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Big Ears Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural gatherings in the world.  Bringing thousands of visitors to town, Big Ears not only hosts many of the world’s leading artists, but showcases Knoxville’s symphony, jazz orchestra, local music scene, poets, theaters, clubs, churches, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops…the texture and character of the city. It brings the world to Knoxville and it showcases Knoxville to the world. In this presentation Ashley Capps discusses how Big Ears is changing the conversation about Knoxville - how the world sees the city as well as how Knoxvillians see themselves and their possibilities as a community.

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College Radio: Alive and Kickin'

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Julianna Tullos gives an in-depth look at Knoxville's only terrestrial college radio station, WUTK, and discusses that not all radio is created equal. While working at the University of Tennessee college radio station, WUTK, in college in 2005, Julianna grew to appreciate the eclectic environment of radio, and odd-balls that fill it. Over a decade later, college radio is still just as relevent and important, providing a creative outlet, promoting community awareness, and providing a platform of expression for students and Knoxvillians.

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My Favorite Mountain

@ VOL 1 ON JUN 22, 2017

Mary Harnett is a master storyteller applying her kills as an artist to describe her favorite mountain. Her words compliment her pictures and vice versa. She takes us through a journey of nature as seen through the artist's eye.

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1 Hour From Knoxville

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Within a one-hour drive of PechaKucha Knoxville are so many odd, quirky, hidden, strange, extraordinary, and bizarre things to see that it would be impossible to cram them all into six minutes and 40 seconds. But Ken Smith will do his best to try.

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Why Knoxville Needs Central Cinema

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Knoxville has grown into an incredibly cool city over the last few years, and a one screen indie theater could be the perfect addition to the growing list of awesome things to do in our city. The mainstream movie going experience has become less and less desirable over the years, and William Mahaffey informs how Central Cinema can become a hub for all of the film lovers seeking a better cinema experience here. We will also provide a fitting home for the many film festivals that have sprung up here over the years. On top of that, it will help with the growth of the North Knoxville/Happy Holler commercial area and make it an even more desirable hot spot for the Knoxville community.  

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Knoxville Poetry Slam (Abridged)

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 16, 2018

Growing up in Knoxville, TN as a teenage poet, Jonathan Clark, also known as “Courageous,” shares his personal experience and fondest memories of the Knoxville Poetry Slam; a community built by the love of words and the competition that has kept it together through this 25th year of consistency.