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Katherine Sherwood White

Opera Singer, DMA - Vocal Performance in Baton Rouge

When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic?


"There are at least a few common myths about opera that should be debunked!"

In When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic? from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1, mezzo-soprano, Katherine Sherwood White debunks the myths surrounding opera. Sherwood White has performed leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera Theater and Texas Opera Theater. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern State University, a master of music degree from the University of Texas and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In other words, she knows a lot more about opera than the rest of us. And even what we think we know might turn out to be wrong...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August 1st, 2016. 

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Life Behind the Mic

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 25, 2014

Rachel Morton// broadcaster// on life behind the mic

Station Manager at RDU, Rachel Morton explains how radio has stayed relevant in the digital age. By providing intimacy and companionship, the local independant station she works for has built a music-loving community.

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Inspirational Coincidences

@ VOL 2 ON OCT 16, 2014

Rachel Mason talks, sings, and strums about the place where art and life, or fiction and reality meet... While doing research for a musical performance and rock opera to get inside the mind of a child killer from the 1930's, she made contact with a man who killed and dismembered a boy in Borough Park. The experience profoundly effected her, and inspired her to write an opera incidentally about a coincidence - two men with the same name Hamilton Fish, died a day apart and their deaths were announced on a single front page. One man was a child-killing sadist, the other a politician from a distinguished political family.

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The Creative Evolution of the Colouring Book Lady

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

"If anybody would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say 'I want to go to the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore.' I had no idea where Kensington Gore was. I didn't care where it was, I just wanted to go there. I had a book about from the Royal College of Art and I loved the people in it, and I wanted to be one of those people."

In The Creative Evolution of the Coloring Book Lady from PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on-Sea Vol. 1Mel Elliott takes us on a journey from her childhood dream to attend The Royal College of Art, to an early project for an advertising agency, to self publishing a Kate Moss colouring books and beyond. She continues to grow her business "I Love Mel" and practice, developing a range of products including temporary tattoos, t-shirts and card games.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015. 

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Worth More Than Gold

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"Discover what is more valuable, desirable, and beautiful than gold."

Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, coaching, and her online global community, Dima Ghawi serves as a catalyst for advancing women in leadership around the world. She has worked across the United States, Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia for several Fortune 100 companies, and was a 2014 recipient of the President of the United States' Bronze Volunteer Service Award. Her position of wide-reaching influence becomes even more impressive when you hear the story of what it took for her to get there.

At the first ever PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge, she presented her 400 seconds entitled, "Worth More Than Gold."

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Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I learned how to cook by throwing LSU tailgate parties." 

In Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1Jay Ducote shares the story of when he was on the TV show Food Network Star. Ducote is a food and beverage writer, radio host, culinary personality, professional chef, and self-proclaimed "hugger." He could talk about his numerous television appearances, the fact that he was named one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America by FOX’s MasterChef, his award-winning radio show, his product line, the fact that he has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City this July, or that he'll be opening his first restaurant, Gov't Taco, in 2017. But we only gave him 400 seconds.

This was "PechaKucha of the Week" on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. 

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Final Boarding Call

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"In the in-between land of the airport, what spaces of possibility, defeat, and mystery do we cross as we try to reach our final destination?"

Brooklyn transplant, Jeanette Plourde, creates physically-driven, experimental theatre pieces that explore the places where one art form intersects with another. Part dramatist, and part dancer, Plourde challenges the distinctions between language, movement, and theatre.

Jeanette presented her 400 seconds entitled "Final Boarding Call" at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I

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The Journey

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I'm nervous. But I just take a deep breath."

Kyla Bates is a two-time participant in the National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C., and was a 2016 National Top-Nine Finalist. Kyla was recently inducted as an Honor Thespian in the International Thespian Society, and received Superior ratings in both poetry and duo acting at the Vonnie Borden Speech Festival this year. Oh, and she just graduated high school. Did we mention she's only 18?

She gave her 400 seconds entitled, "The Journey" at Baton Rouge's first ever PechaKucha Night! 

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Why Not Talk About Race?

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"Change the narrative, change your destiny..."

For over 15 years, Maxine Crump worked in news, public relations and media development for the likes of BET, WAFB and others. She was a founding member of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and has been honored many times for her public service work. Maxine is currently the CEO of the non-profit organization, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, which promotes an education process for talking about race in our society. In short, if she's talking, you'll want to be listening.

And talk is exactly what she did at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I. during her presentation, "Why Not Talk About Race?"

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What Not to Wear

@ VOL 39 ON MAR 24, 2019

Sasha Friedman tells us about defining our selves through our styles, sometimes when we didn't even sign up for it.