Pecha whatcha? That's what I first said when approached by Bill at Works Partnership to join in a slide show that is sweeping the world. Pecha Kucha Night was first conceived as a place for young designers to meet and show their work. It's a cross between show-and-tell, peer review art critique, and a party. The idea is that people show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, making each presentation 6 minutes and 40 seconds. After starting in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha events have now been held in 70 different cities. Portland's version, at which I'll be showing photos from various trips to Asia and Europe, will be held Monday, a little after 8:00, at the Ace Hotel's event space at 430 SW 10th Avenue.
Also, continuing the shameless self promotion, tonight opens the Northwest Film & Video Festival at the Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center with a lineup of short films, including my own piece, Creamery Birds. It's just a modest three-minute short observing pigeons flying about the Darigold creamery just of Southeast Powell, but I was shocked to see that the film has won a special judge's award. I am blessedly no longer an award-less Bobby Brady figure. If you can't make tonight's screening, which also includes stellar shorts by the likes of Gus Van Sant and Vanessa Renwick, I can at least offer an online version of Creamery Birds and several other films in the sidebar at right.
Meanwhile, I'm off to a last-minute architectural tour of Chicago by boat, eager to get closeup glances at the 'corncob' towers, Mies Van der Rohe's IBM headquarters, and the landmark Wrigley building.