There’s no other building in Columbus like 400 West Rich in Franklinton. Some refer to the giant warehouse as a multi-use industrial complex, but I think of it as a soulful urban castle with dense bursts of natural light and refreshing views of the skyline. We’re holding our next Pecha Kucha Columbus event there on Thursday, November 10. Festivities kick off at 7:00 p.m. with local band The Ginger Lees and presentations begin at 7:30. Each speaker will follow the international Pecha Kucha format of showing 20 images and speaking about each image for 20 seconds. Presenters include Eva Ball with Glass Axis; artist Juan Carrera; Kevin Eigel of Ecohouse Ohio; museum historian Wendy Fergusson; poet Jennifer Hambrick from WOSU; Ruby Harper from the Greater Columbus Arts Council; artists/musicians/educators Michelle Ishida and Tera Stockdale; Montessori Education activist Diane Meves; librarians Becky O’Neil and Rachel Rubin; and photographer Uma Sanghvi. Comedy group Columbus is Funny will perform during intermission. Abstract art collective Abx Columbus will install a one-night-only art show featuring large-scale compositions. Local food trucks will sell refreshments, as organized by The SBB. THOUGHTco will screen print T-shirts for guests throughout the evening ($5 for shirts brought from home and $10 to buy a new one). The suggested donation is $2 per person, benefiting Pecha Kucha Columbus. Free parking is available in the lot east of the building and along Lucas Street. Click here for a map. Attendees are encouraged to carpool and to bring folding chairs.
Pecha Kucha was founded in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for designers to meet and share their work in public. It has since mushroomed into a global phenomenon with events in more than 445 cities. Drawing its name from the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chitchat,” it rests on a simple and momentum-driven presentation format. Pecha Kucha Columbus was formed in 2007. This will be our 19th event.