PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images – pechakucha.org
I recently found a post by the San Antonio Current on 100 Things To Do In San Antonio Before You Die. Number 3 was to See a Show at the Arneson River Theater at La Villita and Number 4 was to Experience PechaKucha. Conveniently enough for me, I was able to do both at once!
Since the theater is outside, I decided that I wanted to take Remus with me. I called a couple people to try and make sure it was okay, but no one was able to give me a straight answer. I generally got a “I would assume it would be okay..” So, I just thought I would take him and see what happened.
Luckily, EVERYONE LOVED HIM!! Immediately when we got there, people were saying how cute he was and asking to pet him. Also, during the show he had a fantastic time. He was a little hesitant at first due to the new environment and all the people there (he has never been around that many people before), but after a bit he was roaming around and making friends. He wouldn’t pass by a single person without them petting him and a few people even took pictures!
I was a little worried since the Arneson River Theater’s seating is grass. When we first sat down, I was watching him like a hawk. He kind of got down and sniffed around and looked at me funny. I think he knew that while this was grass, it was not a place to potty. I quickly took him outside and found a patch of grass and he let loose. I’m glad we have a way of communicating or that would have been mortifying!
As for the actual show, it lived up to my expectations. I spend an egregious amount of time watching TED Talks and sort of expected this to be like that. People with a slide show talking about things they love or are interested in. The only difference was the time limitation of 20 seconds per slide, with a total of 20 slides. The slides were projected up onto this inflatable screen(?) across the river (or as one presenter called it, moat). Occasionally a river tour boat would float past and the reactions were always enjoyable to watch.
Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for half of the show. There was a cocktail break around 10pm, but I was too tired to stay and watch the second half 🙁 I did get to see:
Lewis Fisher who talked about the history of the river downtown. Almost all the slides were older photographs of downtown San Antonio before it was our current downtown. My favorite pictures were the one of the Arneson River Theater when it was being built, covered in snow; and another when the river flooded and people were fishing in the middle of the street downtown.
Jeremy Joseph who talked about nightmares and how they are treated. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this presentation. I have nightmares where I will wake up screaming, slap myself, or wake up paralyzed with fear. Because of this I have enjoyed learning about dreams and nightmares, how and why they occur, etc. His was more specifically about how they treat nightmares that occur because of PTSD, but I still learned a lot 😀
Brantley Hightower who talked about the process of writing his book The Courthouses of Central Texas. This guy was pretty entertaining. I have never really enjoyed an architecture class. When it comes to pretty buildings, all I really want to do is look at them.. However, I really enjoyed his talk; possibly because it was full of pictures of his little girls helping him take pictures of courthouses. Also, I loved that he bought a drone to take pictures of these government owned buildings with the idea of “ask for forgiveness rather than permission.”
Lastly, David Martin Davies who talked about how peyote and journalism. His speech was about how him learning about peyote and its history lead him to be more involved in the current discussion of freedom of religion in corporations and how information about this issue is spread throughout the internet via social media. This was very interesting and I loved how these two subjects were connected. He did a very wonderful job. I was impressed!!
Overall, I wish I could have stayed longer to finish watching the other speakers, but I’m an early to bed kind of girl and 10pm is just a bit too late for me. Next time I will be better prepared and take a nap during the day 🙂