City Paper cartoonist Steve Stegelin created the poster art for PK37 | Provided

“An essential element of the community’s resiliency and recovery.”

Activists, nonprofit organizers and restauranteurs will join musicians, artists and creatives of all types for Charleston Music Hall’s PechaKucha 37: The Great Return on Sept. 21.

PechaKucha, a Japanese phrase meaning “chit chat,” is a popular presentation and storytelling format during which a speaker shows 20 slides and provides 20 seconds of commentary on each. PechaKucha nights have been held in Charleston with local community members for 13 years, including dozens of participants from mayoral candidates to chefs and bartenders.

“This PechaKucha will be the 37th of these independently produced local events in celebration of our creative community,” said event organizer Terry Fox. “Since we started in 2008, close to 300 creatives across myriad diverse endeavors have been featured.”

Owner of Lab Dance Jenny Broe and her husband Mike Quinn, who presented during PK28, will emcee PK37, which features nine presenters including musician Zandrina Dunning and owners of Babas on Cannon Marie Stitt and Edward Crouse. Find the full list of presenters below. Poster art for PK37 comes courtesy Steve Stegelin, City Paper‘s longtime editorial cartoonist.

“Following our 19-month COVID-enforced hiatus, the return of Charleston PechaKuchas is an essential element of the community’s resiliency and recovery,” said Fox.

For anyone interested in attending the event, be aware of Charleston Music Hall’s new COVID-19 protocol requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the event.

PechaKucha 37: The Great Return presenters:

  • Jenny Broe & Mike Quinn — co-emcees
  • Professor Ping AKA Josh Silverman — house DJ for PechaKucha Charleston
  • Andrea Serrano — fashion stylist, producer and brand architect
  • Marie Stitt & Edward Crouse — Babas on Cannon
  • Zandrina Dunning — powerhouse vocalist and producer
  • Alexandra Seaman — founder of Ecstatic Dance Charleston
  • Andrew Wunderly — executive director of Charleston Waterkeeper
  • Thetyka Robinson — interim executive director of Enough Pie
  • Brian Porter — executive director of Queen Street Playhouse, co-founder of What If? Productions and actor/performer
  • Julia Deckman — visual artist and creative collaborator

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