October 29, 2013, Pecha Kucha returns to the Berkshires. Pecha Kucha – it’s an odd name for a phenomenon that has spanned the globe to over 700 cities.
Originally conceived by a partnership of architects in Tokyo “because architects talk too much”, Pecha Kucha is essentially a presentation format. Presenters at a Pecha Kucha night get to share 20 images, for 20 seconds each, in order to transmit an idea or project to an audience. Though sprouted in the world of architecture, Pecha Kucha’s ability to generate crackling community connections made the format appealing beyond the world of the built environment. Anyone willing to adhere to the form can participate.
The Berkshire Museum hosts this upcoming Berkshires installment. This is the eighth installment of Pecha Kucha Pittsfield – “The Halloween Edition”. Because of the proximity of Halloween, anyone in a costume gets free admission (regular admission is $5). Wandering Star Craft Brewery is the official purveyor of refreshments for this event.
For best results, bring a friend, and book your rooms now if you haven’t already. Whether you attend as a spectator or a participant, the evening should bring surprises, humor, and good cheer.
Photo via PechaKucha.org
Just minutes from Hampton Terrace, a first Friday tradition lets you enjoy the summer air and enjoy the arts all at once: The First Friday Artswalks in neighboring Pittsfield.
First Friday Artswalks fall on the first Friday of each month on North St. Pittsfield, in the Upstreet Cultural District. These Artswalks feature gallery exhibits, work from individual artists, and displays by the hospitality businesses along the corridor as well. You will find art everywhere – in galleries, bars, restaurants, even medical centers and real estate offices.
The monthly Artswalk kicks off the month’s exhibits for the participating venues, and each month the exhibits change.
This sample program from the June event gives you an idea of the layout, the diversity of the destinations, and the density of the offerings. The July program will be posted shortly on the event site.
A variety of artistic media are represented each month – photography, sculpture, paintings, and more await your discovery. Live music is also featured as part of the Artswalk experience, depending on the month. Both local/regional artists and artists from further abroad are invited to show their work.
For more information about the First Friday Artswalks, visit the event website or call 413-499-9348. First Friday Artswalks also has a Facebook page.