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Lana DeFrancesco

Professional volunteer , Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center & PechaKucha in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart

PRESENTED ON MAR 18, 2016
IN TOKYO @ VOL 134

"The only way to shed light on ignorance and resentment is to talk about it."

In St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, Lana Rappette, Assistant and Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association reveals that St Joseph, MI is far more than just a sleepy summer tourist destination on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sure, St Joseph has its sandy beaches and an agricultural  industry fit for making apple pies, but it also has a thriving, respected and close knit arts community. One that is immune to city borders and has helped heal relationships and restore the beauty in the neighboring city of Benton Harbor. PechaKucha St Joseph was started just one year ago in early 2015. Now all people, everyday people, have a chance to share ideas and fun doing it! The city hopes to fuel a positive and creative culture through its PechaKucha platform.

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Making Life Happen; the rebuilding of Benton Harbor

BY JERRY PRICE
@ VOL 2 ON AUG 20, 2015

"How do we go from living in circumstance to living in choice? How do we rebuild our city with heart, with resiliance?"

Jerry Price
 remembers his family moving from Brooklyn to Benton Harbor Michigan in 1969 hoping to find more opportunity. Jerry's story recounts the change that happened after he went away to college and came back in 2003. 

 

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Eat. Drink. Beer Happy. - The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co.

BY MIICHAEL GROSS
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Michael Gross tell us his story of opening a Michigan Brewing Company in his story called Eat.Drink.Beer Happy, The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co

Silver Harbor Brewing Co has something big brewing. Arriving this Spring learn about how we've transformed a building from 1900 to become what will be St. Joe's very own brewery / restaurant and more about the team behind the scenes making it all happen. Committed to the Mitten, we'll discuss local sourcing and give a sneak peak of our menu, beer line up and more. 
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Post 911 Restaurant Ruin to BajaGringo Taco Truck Dream

BY KIM JORGENSEN GANE
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a realtor, writer, producer and "Write2TheEnd" facilitator. She is ALSO the wife of taco-truck-owning photographer, Scott Gane, and she will tell us about their checkered history, and how it led to BajaGringo Taco Truck!

 

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Frosted Glassware: A Cautionary Tale

BY ERIK YOUNGQUIST
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Erik Youngquist is the owner of Purely Michigan, a retail store in the tourist beach town of St. Joseph, Michigan. In this PK, Frosted Glassware: A Cautionary Tale, Erik will be talking about opening that store and having no idea what to stock it with! Not until his wife found some old frosted Michigan glassware, and he knew at that point he must chase his 'whale' no matter how many good or bad memories that may entail. 

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Swimming Upstream – A Large Plan for the Harbor to Stir the Soul

BY JOHN EGELHAAF
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

John Egelhaaf is described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  of usually being the smartest guy in the room with the highest, most honest standards. "If we could only see the goo in his head, it would be in technicolor and packaged brilliance." John is the Executive Director at Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

Peter Colovos is a Chicago native who's been described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  "to be admired for his relentless jump-out-of-bed-every-day-with-a-purpose tenacity."   Founding Prairie Real Estate Group in Chicago, IL in 1994 was a culmination of transforming Peter’s passion of architecture construction and real estate experience into a career. Creating the optimal blend of good architecture and design product that enhances their tenants’ quality of life is the keystone of The Prairie Real Estate Group. (A quality of life that allows Peter the gusto to take our challenge to HACK THE HARBOR and swim from shore to shore. ;)

THEY GIVE a fresh look at the Twin Cities Harbor - by questioning everything, it might be possible to swim against the flow of the last half century!

 

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Craft Life

BY SIMON RUSK
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Simon Rusk is the head brewer and owner at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor, MI. After a lot of college, passing the bar and becoming a lawyer, he decided on a major life change to pursue his passion in the craft beer industry.

 

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Wait! I Have Something to Say

BY JERRY PRICE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Jerry Price is our HOST for PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 10... (thank you) And is also the Community Outreach & Fund Development Director, for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor.

 

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Jump!

BY ADRIENNE ALANE WHITE
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

JUMP! -  Adrienne White is a lifetime yogi, yoga teacher, lover of life, believer in humanity, and tries to practice the art of fearless “jumping”.  She has faith that she will always (in the nick of time) grow her wings on the way down. She started The Collective in Benton Harbor, MI to be a space of community, healing, and a place where deep conversations can be held.  She works every day to stay curious and to listen intently to the siren call of the universe. Serendipity is one of her favorite words.

 

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A life Illuminated by the Arts

BY PAUL MOW
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

A life Illuminated by the Arts - Paul Mow is currently the Theatre and Choral Coordinator on staff at Lake Michigan College as well as the Artistic Director and founder of the new The GhostLight Theatre right here in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Paul was a professional opera singer at the New York City Opera from 2001-2006, and has won a multitude of performance awards for his tenor voice and also recorded his solo Brahms album on the Lyrichord label in 2007 live in New York City's Town Hall.