CHICAGO Search Results: “America”

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American-Style Architecture

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 05, 2013

Mark Campbell talks about the history of American-stlye architecture and its origins with a famous architect named Frank Lloyd Wright. Mark talks about how Wright's prairie style houses, that emphaises horizontally shaped houses, an open-planned interior, and copiuos glass windows, have had an empact on architects of the time and on the style of houses created today. 

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Transforming our Landscapes and Public Spaces

@ VOL 15 ON SEP 07, 2010

The ultimate collaborator, Peter Schaudt FASLA (1959-2015) shares before and after images of his poetic and transformational landscapes across North America.  And cannot resist mentioning his beloved Chicago Cubs.

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And These are Condoms...

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

“After you retire from something you've been complaining about your whole life… you quit and then you go insane.”

In And These are Condoms… from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 36th volume Speaker Nicole Hollander gives a humorous presentation on her life, her work, and her post retirement misadventures. An American cartoonist and writer, her daily comic strip Sylvia was syndicated to newspapers nationally by Tribune Media Services.  The Village Voice has called her "The toughest woman in America."

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Ben's Road Trip

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

As a younger man in 1980, Ben Hollis took a road trip from Los Angeles to Chciago which he immortalized on cassette tapes.  That tape accompanies his presetnation from Chicago's Volume 36. Divine intervention is involved.

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Bourbon, Crap Cigarettes and a Big Gun

@ VOL 40 ON NOV 29, 2016

When Ben Nicholson became a US citizen, he went for the trifecta; Bourbon, crap cigarettes and the biggest gun he could find.

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Fanta Wins

@ VOL 48 ON DEC 12, 2018

Rob Schaaf works on cross-partisan campaigns to reform our electoral system and campaign finance laws, aiming to bring about an effective government of, by, and for the people. 



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San Francisco @ 330 Ritch
Feb 21, 2007


Whistler @ Maxx Fish Lounge & Bar
Oct 15, 2010


Poitiers @ Maison de L'architectue - Poitou Charentes
Oct 16, 2012


Seattle @ Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Jan 15, 2015


Davenport @ Figge Art Museum
Nov 19, 2015


Seattle @ Seattle Central Library
Feb 10, 2017


Seattle @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 18, 2019

PAST Telling American Urban Stories: Immigration to Boston, Powered by PechaKucha

Powered by PechaKucha @ Concord Academy Performing Arts Center
May 20, 2019

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Tortillas Filled to the Brim

@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Mando Rayo peels away meaty layers on his side-project-turned-book involving the culture, history, and delectable bliss that is the taco. Mando, along with his 'Taco Mafia' of tortilla-enthralled devotees, goes about the city in search of the best hard shells and soft shells out there. Check out his book: Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day

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Greta Paints America

@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2014

Greta Van Campen, an artist who grew up in Thomaston, Maine, decided she wanted to paint in all 50 states. In 2011 she kick started her career with a trip across the country, during which she visited all 50 states and painted in each one. She currently has a studio space in Portland and shows at Dowling Walsh gallery in Rockland.  

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Galloping with Wood and Steel

@ 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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The United Nations of Food

@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Hear Charles Bibilos, writer of the United Nations of Food blog, talk about his quest to eat food from every country in the world (160 countries), without ever leaving New York City. Yum!

Help Charles finish his quest! Help him eat: East Timor, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, The Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

If you can help, or want to go out to eat with Charles, email him at

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A Whirlwind in Manzanar

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

During World War II, Japanese Americans in Los Angeles were evacuated to Manzanar, a relocation center camp in the California desert. Combining oral history with artifacts and primary source material, Ellen Huxtable has researched the experiences of her parents, relatives, and others during their confinement at Manzanar. Ellen’s current project, “A Whirlwind in Manzanar,” is a book of historical fiction for young readers based on this research.

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Soul {Re} Searching

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 09, 2016

Jeff Turko talks us through his current and past practice as an architect. Growing up in America, Jeff's passion for skateboarding allowed him to build a personal relationship with the the concrete environment around him. This relationship influencing his future career. 

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The Power of Radio

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan - and most recently worked to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN, for which he received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID.

Currently, Professor Chirinos collaborates with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. He is also involved in projects in the UK, Tanzania, Cuba and other countries, looking at the role of music industries in economic development, tourism and social entrepreneurship. He also runs New York University's Music and Social Change Lab

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The Fight for Democracy

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.

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Left and Right

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

Kris Regentin talks about unity between the so-called left and right political ideologies, and why unity is needed for our country to repair.


PKN Washington on Voice of America

httpv:// The video above from Voice of America offers up coverage for the most recent PechaKucha Night in Washington DC (last month's Vol. 16, with the presenters listed here). Yes, it's in Farsi, but there's still a lot to take in visually. As organizer Rouzita Vahhabaghai tells us, VOA has 40 million viewers around the world, so that's great coverage indeed.

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A Guide to Post-Racial America and Urban Renewal in Genoa

Presentations Duante Beddingfield is a local writer whose work can be found in the Dayton Daily News and on the Welcome Dayton website. With his presentation (from PKN Dayton Vol. 10), Duante hopes to help guide us towards a post-racial America, by going through the "dos" and "don'ts" of having a black friend. Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1), they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster you see above, for PKN San Juan (in Argentina) Vol. 7. It was designed by Francisco Riveros of Mundo Estudio. Photos We'll hopefully have more to share in the coming days, but for now here's a peek (above) at what the recent PKN Innsbruck Vol. 1 looked like -- and the event poster was posted to our Tumblr blog prior to the event. Calendar Tonight (July 19) we have St. Albert's first PKN, and there's a special edition PKN in Chicago. Tomorrow, it's Tijuana's turn to host its very first PKN, while Waterville has its Vol. 8. 

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The Hijacked American Dream

"No one ever laid on their deathbed and wished they had acquired more stuff." In The Hijacked American Dream, Joel Larsgaard (at PechaKucha Atlanta, Vol. 20) speaks on what Americans currently define as "The American Dream." What was once defined by James T. Adams as a dream of a "land that would be better, richer, and fuller for everyone" has become twisted, and nigh unrecognizable today. He delves into the culture of consumerism that he compares to drug use, "a brief high, followed by a crash."  

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Autopsy of America

Ladies and gentlemen, what you are witnessing is the beginning of the end of the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen: America. Enigmatic artist Seph Lawless uses his photographs to capture the abandoned, neglected areas of America as a metaphor for our decaying society. In "Autopsy of America" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 21, we see that by transforming social media into a social movement, Seph hopes that his work will spark political debate and constructive dialogue.

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American Craft

Before the Prohibition, the craft of bar-tending took over 3 years to perfect.  Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. In "American Craft" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Jeret discusses a craft that has been around for over 200 years, and has had a resurgence since the prohibition laws let up. Much like a chef creating a fine dish, his ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that has taken him years to perfect. 

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Maiko Amemiya

At next week's PechaKucha Night Vol. 115, we welcome vegan chef Maiko Amemiya, who will be showing us just how fun and tasty a vegan diet can be.6月25日のペチャクチャナイトのプレゼンターを紹介します。一人目は、ビーガン料理シェフのMaiko Amemiyaさん。ビーガン料理の魅力をお話します。 

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Welcome to Europe as an American

"What do you call someone with two languages? Bilingual. One language? American."  Oliver Olson has spent 17 years of his life in Europe. In "Welcome to Europe as an American" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 22 he takes us on a whirlwind journey through the many funny and unexpected surprises he has encountered as an American living in Europe. 

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Growing Up Black in Britian vs. America

"My dad left when I was 15 months old and that's the first reason I'm glad I grew up in England."In Growing Up Black in Britian vs. America from Madison Vol. 13, a British-born, Chicago-based journalist, Gary Younge shares his insights of the complexities of race while growing up and living in two different countries. While facing the challenges of racial inequality in both American and Britian, Younge offers a unique persective on the merits and pitfalls and over all complex issues of race in both societies. Check out this facinating presentation!

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Skyscrapers to Corn Fields, A Quest for KiloWatts

"I think there is probably a better way to better use this monetary and land resource that the U.S. is gifted with."In Skyscrapers to Corn Fields, A Quest for KiloWatts from Knoxville Vol. 15, Hoi Chun Ho, shares the story of moving from his native Hong Kong megapolis city to rural Fort Scott, Kansas, a town with a population of 8000, when he was 16, adding that to call his experience cultural shock would have been an understatement  Goodbye skyscrapers, busy sidewalks fulll of pedestrians, and the fast pace of the city. Hello open plains, wide roads, big skies, and corn fields. Aside from feeling lonely and bored, he also felt immensely excited. In the open fields in America, he saw opportunities to learn about a rural way and a chance for a Hong Kong city boy to boost America’s clean, reliable, domestic, base-load, renewable energy production.

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass." Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. In The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass from New Orleans Vol. 7, Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.