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San Jose, CA @ The Improv
Oct 20, 2009


Indianapolis @ The Toby
Nov 12, 2009


Tulsa @ Living ArtSpace
Oct 05, 2013


Medicine Hat @ Station Coffee Co.
Feb 07, 2014


Silver Spring @ Pyramid Atlantic
May 20, 2016


Madison, WI @ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Feb 16, 2017

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Why Yes, There is a Santa Claus

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2013

T. Sher Singh tells the true story of Saint Nicholas, the man who inspired the myth of Santa Claus. This story takes him to a small church in Turkey, where a priest became famous for his acts of kindness, eventually becoming the patron saint of sailors.

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Time Enough

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 06, 2014

David Ward speaks of the Isle of Man: a small independent nation in the middle of the Irish Sea. It is the world's oldest parliamentary democracy and, some say, site of the legendary Grail Castle. The island is also home – if you believe in such things – to a host a mythical beings, from the trickster god, Manannan, to the 'little folk.' Time Enough tells of his encounter with these mischievous characters.

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Fire from the Breathless Muck

@ VOL 22 ON DEC 12, 2014

Former science teacher and practicing artist Justin Davies delves into the mythical “will-o’-the-wisp” atmospheric ghost lights seen at night over bogs and swamps. Justin gives us a scientific history of methane, oxygen, and carbons.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 6, 2015.

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Debunking Kyoto's Myths

@ VOL 123 ON MAR 20, 2015

"I'm actually a priestess in Kyoto... my family has had a temple in Kyoto for the past 800 years. My dad is the 23rd generation head priest."

In "Debunking Kyoto's Myths" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 123, Eric Luong and Ariya Sasaki discuss the misconceptions and stereotypical images attributed to Kyoto's pop culture. In this presentation, they debunk and reveal the true stories behind Kyoto's cultural myths.

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Debunking Myths about Memory in Court

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Henry Otgaar is a forensic psychologist at Maastricht University. He shows that the myths that we all have about memory can be especially pervasive when they enter the courtroom.

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Species of Space

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Robert Powell has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms. His practice explores representations of reality that are universal, yet constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest was also exemplified his recent solo exhibition in Quebec City entitled ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which the artist has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to a Stockbridge basement.’


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A Myth in the Making

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 20, 2016

"What's gonna be the myth from our generation? Whats gonna be our legacy? I really hope it's not Game of Thrones, cuz that'll be weird, but only time can tell."

In "A Myth in the Making" from PechaKucha Night Silver Spring Vol. 7, Pete Tantisunthorn describes that we typically look at myths from a historical perspective but myths, however, are being made everyday. He takes a look at myths we may be making for future generations in our current media, specifically in comic books.

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Creativity and Play as Medicine


Transpersonal Arts Counsellor Anna Atkinson’s practice incorporates art, movement, creative writing, voice and body work. She explores the potential of creativity to impact on health and wellbeing. Anna gives the audience an insight into the true happiness the freedom that art can give to those who are willing to embrace it. 

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Tales of Ancient Deception

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 13, 2017

Rayan gives you a glimpse into the interplay between magic, science and religion orchestrated by the genius mind of heron of Alexandria.

If you believe in ancient gods - this might not be for you ;)

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What does Africa really want?

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

As a young African and as a researcher, Ibrahima Sory Kaba sees himself confronted with negative headlines and doomed perspectives about his continent almost on a daily basis.

He wants to engage conversations about helping debunk some of the long-lasting myths and cliches about Africa and sharing a truer and fairer picture of Africa that is neither naive nor apocalyptic. 

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Food Myths: Right or Wrong?

Are the calories one consumes at night more fattening than those consumed during the day? Many would have you believe that they are. In her presentation from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6, nutritionist Judith Coulson answers questions about some of the most commonplace food myths, and debunks quite a few of them.

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Presenter: Ilya Kuzubov // the Creator of Taibola festival   Thereis quite a great amount of open-airs in Russia nowadays, but mostly they have entertaining and commercial character. In 2012 we decided to create a new project – “Taibola” festival. This project has volunteer and ideological character, where the aims which will be achieved by means of entertainment and involvement are following: To increase the interest of the citizens of Arkhangelsk Region to the culture and nature of their native land, as well as to make it more attractive for tourists.  To tell the participants and guests of the festival that self-organization and mutual aid is not a myth. Everyone can author, discover one’s new abilities and organize one’s personal cultural recreation.  To increase the level of ecological responsibility of the citizens by means of master-classes, lectures and explanatory works. In addition “Taibola” is an advocacy of healthy life style, a chance to learn handwork (this craft is especially valuable in time of offices and digital technology), a way to gain knowledge, an activator of personal growth and socio-cultural activity of participants. Objects of art made of sinker serve as one of the main peculiarities of the festival. Such wooden “sculptures” will underline natural beauty of the summer seashore of the White Sea. The festival program is based on several music-areas, cinema-area, master-classes which will be delivered simultaneously, festival tearoom (chill-out), trade fair (hand-made, souvenirs, etc.); outdoor games, intellectual games and street performances will also be organized there. Taibola is a path through taiga and also a neglected road in Arkhangelsk province. Metaphorically is it the way to inside of oneself and it will be in the open air on the seashore of the White Sea. We position “Taibola” as family all-age measures with free admission and abundantcultural program. As soon as guests leave, equipment and guests of another towns are sent back, the dismantling of utility structures will be started and as the result there will be only objects of art left on the seashore. At the same time the cleaning of festival territory will be commenced. Garbage will be gathered, sorted and removed by force of the festival.   Offical site:

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Myths of Productivity

Wow, you work over 65 hours a week? You're so busy! But how many of those hours were you a zombie? In today's Presentation of the Day, "Myths of Productivity" from PKN Baltimore, MD Vol. 1, Jabe Bloom speaks on the the lengthening of work hours and the shortening of our collective attention spans. Still reading? Okay. He goes over a few techniques we can use to help ourselves be more efficient, productive, and less likely to become distra -- oh, LOL -- That cat photo is hilarious! 


PK Night Baltimore #2 Lineup/Happy 11th Birthday

Pecha Kucha celebrates its 11th birthday today (Thursday, February 20).  Happy Birthday, PK!   Come celebrate by joining us for Pecha Kucha Baltimore Night #2, tonight at the Midtown BBQ and Brew.  We are one block east of the Walters Art Gallery on 15 East Centre Street.  The event starts a 7PM, but come early and enjoy some great food before hand.   Here is our scheduled lineup of speakers and topics: Sy Saulynas and Hillel Glazer - Introduction to PechaKucha and PK Baltimore (encore performance) Chip Dizzard - One Letter that Changed My Life Andrew Perkins - Guerrilla Architecture Jessica Watson - The Myth Behind Happily Ever After===Break=== Rob MacDonald - Lessons Learned at my Grandfather's Office, 50 Years After He Left Chris Reed - OO-Cinema: What the James Bond Film Series Teaches Us About the Evolution of Film and Culture over the Past 50 Years Charles Greene, III - Houdini: A Life without Limits Stephen Demczuk - Why Name a Beer After Poe?

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Myst Opportunities

"During the 90s [Myst] was one of the most popular video games ... it was immersive, and it was kind of a game where you got yourself lost in this world we created..." Chuck Carter talks about the game, Myst, that started his career and that he continues to look back on for inspiration. In "Myst Opportunities" from PKN Bangor, Maine Vol. 11, he speaks in detail about his 2 years working at Cyan, creating Myst, and how the game is a model of the game he plans to create in the future. 

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Spirited Figures

Mythical Japanese monsters inspired this designer to dream up all sorts of mischievous characters. Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. In "Spirited Figures" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 116, he tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.

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The Best Things in Life are Cheap!

"Our mission is to dispel this myth that Tokyo is this crazy expensive place." In The Best Things in Life are Cheap! from Tokyo Vol 125, tech entrepreneur Chris Kirkland shares how from humble beginnings, his website, Tokyo Cheapo, a travel and culture guide dedicated to life in Japan on a budget, has grown to a monthly readership over 150,000. From getting to and fro, to staying in rock-bottom-priced accommodation, even to finding love, Tokyo Cheapo covers it all on life in Tokyo on the cheap!Enjoy!

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How to Launch a Rocket from Your Smart Phone

“They had state of the art technology… [but] an inability to communicate is what jeopardized their mission.” In “How to Launch a Rocket From Your Smartphone” from PechaKucha Night Madison (Wisconson)’s 16th volume, speaker Spencer Smith debates an urban myth many know well. You may have heard that the smartphone you own is more powerful than the computers that put men on the moon. Do you think that's really true? Is raw computer power the most important component of this question? Once you hear the data from speaker, you could have a different opinion.