Lightening Quick Lectures

PechaKucha—a quarterly series of about twelve 400-second-long, highly visual lectures on everything from getting adults interested in science to installing public art in Asia—is a dream event for the ADD-afflicted and anyone whose creative interests run broad. Devised by architects slash bar owners in Tokyo in 2003 as a way to sell a few more beers on weeknights, the event has now been held in 416 cities around the world.

Architect Peter Exley, a friend and classmate of the founders, has been organizing PechaKucha nights in Chicago since 2007 at the northside bar and music venue Martyrs'. In this video, Exley tells us about the prerequisites for presenting and the characteristics of a successful lecture. See all of the ingredients come together tomorrow night at PechaKucha Volume 18 ($10, 8:20 p.m.), where the topics will range from tree houses to yogurt to graphic design—all within the time frame of your favorite pop song.

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