PECHAKUCHA Vol. 32 Announces Exciting End of Year Lineup

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PECHAKUCHA Vol. 32 San Antonio Scheduled for Dec. 19 at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

PechaKucha San Antonio – the global arts and culture series that hosts speakers who share their passions in a unique format – is excited to announce the lineup for its Volume 32 edition, scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Close out the year and enjoy the last PechaKucha of the season – in the H-E-B Performance Hall – with more coming in 2019. The night begins with a welcome reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations starting at 7:30 p.m.

Vol. 32 will feature a talented group of locals that includes chefs, writers, authors, artists, and more. The six presenters, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • Alex Paredes, Cocinero
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Alex Paredes

  • Elizabeth Johnson, Chef/Wellness Advocate
  • Justin Parr, Neo-traditionalist
  • Kelly O’Connor, Artist

Kelly O’Connor

  • Naomi Shihab Nye, Writer
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Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Robert Rivard, Co-Founder/Author
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Robert Rivard

*Bios on all presenters included below

Emcees for the evening include popular News 4 San Antonio anchor Randy Beamer as well as Troy Peters from Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA). The welcome reception will feature live music by Alyson Alonzo with YOSA and complimentary bites curated by in-kind sponsors, including Pharm Table, Box Street Social, Ming’s Thing, Tio Pelon’s Salsita, Cultiva Collaborative, and Liberty Bar.

Tickets are $5 per person from the Tobin Center Box Office (plus convenience fee for online or phone sales). Tickets can be purchased online on the Tobin Center’s website. The Tobin Center is located at 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205. Parking information can be found on the venue’s website.

PechaKucha San Antonio would not be possible without the support of annual sponsors, including: Altamira Capital ManagementCentro PropertiesLake|Flato ArchitectsOverland PartnersThe Rivard Report, Sweeney VCR Repair, Zurich International Properties, and RYNO General Contractors.

In-kind sponsors for the event include: The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Giles Design Bureau, Giant Noise, Walley Films, Huskin Photography, Sprocket Productions, San Antonio Current, and Arc Document Solutions.

PechaKucha San Antonio is presented in partnership with the Las Casas Foundation. For more information about PechaKucha, visit pechakucha.org/cities/san-antonio and follow along on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

BOUT PECHAKUCHA
Pronounced “PEH-chuh KOO-chuh,” PechaKucha is a 20 image x 20 second arts and cultures series. We host speakers who share their passions in a unique format: Each presenter gets exactly 20 images, and each slide advances automatically every 20 seconds (for a total time of 6:40). San Antonio’s first quarterly PechaKucha Night was held in February 2011 and now attracts hundreds of attendees to venues throughout San Antonio. It showcases a broad range of individuals, including architects, artists, makers, academics, community leaders and more. PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is an event format developed by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture to encourage creative professionals to share projects and ideas that they are passionate about. Since it began in 2003, PechaKucha has expanded to more than 1000 cities around the world.

 

PRESENTERS’ BIOGRAPHIES

  • Alex Paredes, Cocinero

o   Alex Paredes was born in Michoacan, Mexico, but raised in a mixture of Morelia, Boston, and Southern California. From UTSA, he earned degrees in both fine arts and economics, but was always a closet cook. After cooking in kitchens around San Antonio and Mexico from French and Italian to New American styles, he ran his own Mexican fine dining pop-up called GALLOTORO.  He now owns Carnitas Lonja, working on making traditional Mexican food great again.

o   https://www.facebook.com/Lonja17/

  • Elizabeth Johnson, Chef/Wellness Advocate

o   Chef/ Founder of Pharm Table, Elizabeth Johnson has received local and national attention for her innovative plant forward cuisine and Ayurvedic approach with local Texas ingredients and a “toque Latino.” Referred to as a “Food as Medicine Guru” by the James Beard Foundation, Chef Elizabeth is passionate about healing people with food and raising awareness about the city’s heritage foods, its food culture and its designation as a Unesco City of Gastronomy.

o   www.pharmtable.com

  • Justin Parr, Neo-traditionalist

o   Justin Parr is a contemporary artist, glass blower, photographer, and gallery owner from San Antonio, Texas. He is the caretaker and artist-in-residence in the historic Hot Wells Hotel Ruins on the San Antonio River. His gallery, FL!GHT, run alongside senior co-conspirator Ed Saavedra, has been a staple of the San Antonio contemporary art scene for 18 years and counting, bringing a refreshing outsider perspective to the community and continuing to grow from there. His distinctive glass work always includes some imperfections to them that only make them more desirable, and his blown marbles are literally hunted for throughout the country, in a group that numbers online in the thousands.

o   https://www.facebook.com/flightSA/

  • Kelly O’Connor, Artist

o   Kelly O’Connor is a contemporary artist who works in collage and installation-based works.  She has been included in the Texas Biennial and New American Painting. Her work is part of the McNay Art Museum and City of San Antonio’s permanent collections, which is currently on view.  Kelly has been a long-time steward of the Linda Pace Foundation.  She began her career with the Foundation as artist and philanthropist, Linda Pace’s Studio Manager, and now oversees programming and communications for the Foundation’s new identity, Ruby City, a contemporary art center designed by Sir David Adjaye.

o   www.kellyoconnorart.com

  • Naomi Shihab Nye, Writer

o   Naomi Shihab Nye graduated from both high school and Trinity University in San Antonio. She and her family have lived downtown for 40 years. A writer, editor and educator, currently on faculty at Texas State University, she has put together more than 35 books and worked in a thousand or more classrooms. Her most recent book is Voices in the Air – Poems for Listeners, published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.

o   http://www.barclayagency.com/site/speaker/naomi-shihab-nye

  • Robert Rivard, Co-Founder/Author  

o   Robert Rivard is the co-founder of the Rivard Report and author of Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True, about the 1998 disappearance and murder of Express-News reporter Philip True in Mexico’s Sierra Madre and the four years spent pursuing his killers. He is also founding captain of the Third Street Grackles cycling team. Robert is married to Monika Maeckle, founder of San Antonio’s annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. They have two adults sons, Nicolas, and Alex, who live and work in San Antonio.

o   www.rivardreport.com

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