PechaKucha Night is a networking / meetup / presentation event for designers, thinkers, and anyone else with an open mind. The presentations at PK follow the 20 x 20 rule - twenty slides, twenty seconds per slide. The slides progress automatically and the presenter hopefully keeps up with the action. I’ve also heard there’s beer involved (I’ve never been).
Looking through the presenters list, it looks like a lot of interesting ground will be covered – from ‘Ephiphany Farming’ to ‘Advancing Civil Rights in Raleigh’. Entrance is free, beer is free, but you have to register ahead of time (before 6pm tonight). See y’all there.
For all of you out there who aren’t lucky enough to live in our fair Triangle, there’s probably a PechaKucha night near you. Of note - renowned ‘Fiercest Town in America’ will be hosting one on June 24th.
So not too long ago I reminded all of my fellow Durhamites that the third annual DOUGHMAN is coming (and yes, it must always be capitalized – style guide y’all). A lot of you were probably thinking, well, that’s pretty damn cool, and all the eating stuff sounds awesome, but I could do without all the running and biking and water activity-ing and the what-not. Well fear not couch crusaders, because the DOUGHMAN is for lazy people too.
On the evening of May 29th, after all the competitive eating has completed, and those participating have had enough time to digest, the DOUGHMAN hEArTS Durham Banquet will take place at the Durham Athletic Park. Tons of great local restaurants (Piedmont, Toast, Fosters, Tosca, Locopops, etc) will be offering various dishes and local beer (Foothills, CBC, etc) will be flowing as well. Music, good people, good food, and a great cause – the Durham Inner City Garden and SeeSaw Studios will be the benefactors of the event.
Pick up a ticket soon, cus they will most definitely sell out. See you all there, fat & happy.
Local people: on September 19th, LaborLove Gallery in Durham is hosting a showcase of local graffiti art, “Bombed: Panels, Picks and Kicks”. Four local painters (Window-Down Crew) are going to work it out on 4′ x 8′ panels at the gallery during the days immediately before the show. DJ’s + a breakdance crew will round out opening night.
The LaborLove people just released this time-lapse video of the artists working on two panels. I’m sold. See you there, fools.
Triangle people! This Saturday ourfriends at Lump Gallery in Raleigh will be hosting their 3rd annual benefit/dance. All they’re askin’ for is a $5 donation, which ain’t much considering what you’ll get in return: 3 DJ’s, live video mixing by Ashevillian Megan McKissack and a video screening by Acid Rain Production.
Not to mention another year of the amazing talent that Lump manages to wrangle up and bring to the Triangle. Support your local LUMP!
Sunburnt. Dehydrated. Dejected. That was Flywheel after Friday’s playoffs. IAVO Research + Scientific, hot off a restful forfeit in the first round, pulled ahead in an otherwise tight match to seal their spot in the finals and send Flywheel packing in our own tournament!
Meanwhile, across the green, Fullsteam Brewery + Baldwin& went head to head in what was also a showdown for the ages. The croquet gods looked kindly upon Baldwin& and in the end, they sealed the deal and sent Fullsteam back to their craft-beer-drinking hideaway (lucky them).
So it was written. IAVO + Baldwin would face off in the final match to determine who really ruled the…wickets? Yeah, the wickets. It was a close match, save “Harvey” who pulled ahead as he had in the previous match to secure the number one spot. It’s still a matter of contention as to whether or not “Harvey” even works for IAVO or if they flew him in from England for the tournament. I’ve got my eye on you, “Harvey”.
Harvey’s quick finish was apparently inspirational to the other IAVO players and they pulled ahead for the win. And there you have it, folks–IAVO Research + Scientific are our champions. With a tri-butted trophy and their five dollar cash prize, they’ll reign over Durham croquet. At least, until next year.
Unfortunately, we had another team drop out this afternoon. Baldwin& apparently “forgot” to put the event on their group calendar. But I think we all know what really happened–they were afraid of this fierce squad: BAM.
In Baldwin&’s absence, Flywheel stepped in as Team OK Great (to save from confusing everyone). And although the game was inevitably going our way and Ignite Social Media bailed early to grab some Only Burger burgers, they technically picked up a win. Woo. There are oodles of photos at our Flickr.
But wait! The plot thickens…turns out that Ignite can’t make tomorrow! What. the. hell. We reasoned that because Baldwin& and Ignite Social Media both forfeited, neither forfeit truly counts and Baldwin& moves on to the finals. Or something like that. Makes sense, right? Suuure, it does.
Playoffs begin tomorrow at noon on the DPAC lawn. Two semi-final games will be played simultaneously–Flywheel vs. IAVO and Baldwin& vs. Fullsteam–followed by the finals, glory and someone walking home with a big ol’ trophy.
And there it is, folks! DPAC has been eliminated by Fullsteam. It was an admirable effort on the parts of both teams. Fullsteam pulled ahead early, after knocking two of the DPAC players’ balls into the far area of the park more than once (we play with “prison rules”–no out-of-bounds). DPAC rallied in the second half and sealed a second place finish but in the end, Fullsteam was able to slip past and finish each player’s game.
As always, you can see photos from the game at our Flickr. Tomorrow’s match will be between Baldwin& and Ignite Social Media. Fridays playoffs are being moved to the lawn at DPAC. If you’re downtown-come out and watch!
So, as some of you might have heard, Flywheel is hosting a croquet tournament here in downtown Durham. 8 teams. 5 days. No survivors.
Ok, there are survivors. You got me. Today was round one of the tournament and we found ourselves pitted against our friends at Original Projects/Durty Durham. It was a tight game through the first stretch but in the end, we prevailed (obvi). We had, as they say, the eye of the tiger.
You can see photos from todays match at our Flickr. Check back throughout the week-we’ll be updating daily and by Friday we’ll all know who rules the school. Or, the croquet field.
This morning Woody turned me on to local Raleigh photographer Tim Lytvinenko, whose portfolio I am already (at 11) moderately obsessed with…
There really isn’t a whole lot of information on this gentleman in his bio or elsewhere on the web but take a few minutes perusing the galleries in his portfolio and you’ll get it.
In a world where 95% of the photo portfolio’s I come across online consist of staged hipster portraits with excessive lighting or gritty, “street”, documentary style photos (usually by suburbanites recently transplanted to their romanticized city of choice), Tim’s the natural. He feels at rest around his subjects, lucid, and there’s a real ease that comes across in the work. There isn’t much fat here; you get a story you can understand immediately via the capture of the exact, correct moment.
“…photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event, as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.” -Bresson
Take a moment to poke around Tim’s excellent (and funny) website, I would especially recommend checking out the “Jill Libby” gallery.
What do you all think of Tim’s work? As excited as me?