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PechaKucha 

Friday Feb. 18 @ The State Room

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Loosely modeled after the trendy European Salons during the Enlightenment, PechaKucha nights—Japanese for “chitchat”—are gatherings of like-minded individuals under the same roof with a focus on design, architecture, photography and art and an aim to propel the local creative arts scene forward.

Started in Japan, PechaKuchas have gained incredibly in international popularity, and this version will be the fourth go-round in Utah. The concept is fairly simple: 10 invited presenters share 20 slides of their work and discuss each one for 20 seconds, as the attending social milieu is sparked into a stimulating and effectively contextualized discussion. Volume 4 will see presenters as diverse as an archeological historian, a film- and television-production designer, an inventor, several painters, muralists, photographers and designers. There will also be an intermission dance performance of “Touching Fire,” choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s collaboration with architect Nathan Webster and writer David Kranes. Deejaying will be by Jesse Walker, and drinks will certainly be served.

PechaKucha @ The State Room, 638 S. State, 801-878-0530, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Ages 21, $7 in advance, $10 night of show. Pecha-Kucha.org/Night/Salt-Lake-City/4

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