WEEKENDER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
IF YOU HAD SIX MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS TO SAY SOMETHING SOMETHING,, ANYTHING ANYTHING,,
WHAT WOULD O YOU SAY?
By Nikki M. Mascali Weekender Editor
hile you might still be pondering that question, eight people from Northeastern Pennsylvania ﬁgured out what they would say and will share it with the audience at Pecha Kucha Night Scranton. Pronounced peh-CHA-kuh-cha — and sounding like it should precede “God bless you” — Pecha Kucha is a speaking format invented in 2003 by Tokyo architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein. Looking for a
way to bring colleagues, friends and creatives together, the two conceived the 20x20 presentation: 20 slides that are talked about for 20 seconds apiece, which gives presenters six minutes and 40 seconds to show their work, tell a story or captivate the audience. The Scranton Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at The Vintage Theater and was the brainchild of Brad Peniston, who founded PKN Philadelphia three years ago with his brother, James. PKN Philadelphia held its ninth
installment Saturday. “I read out about Pecha Kucha, I think it was in Wired magazine,” Peniston said, calling in from his ofﬁce in Washington, D.C. “The fact that you can get a bunch of people who are passionate about a wide variety of stuff together and bring them together in one night where people can talk about their ideas, I just thought it was such a great idea.” Bringing PKN to Scranton was borne out of a Peniston brothers January tradition: Traveling someplace new that has a lot of history.
One of the slides in Mandy Boyle’s ‘Life Lessons from the Gateway Cinema.’