Introducing Pecha Kucha

From what I can tell, Pecha Kucha is an event that resembles a potluck. Instead of bringing a warm dish of something good to eat, guests bring a hot idea to share.

“Pecha kucha” comes from the Japanese, meaning the sound of conversation. Since 2003, this show-and-tell conversational platform has spread to more than 130 cities around the world, and 4,000 people have participated, according to its website.

The structure is pretty simple (which is good, because all the “thinking and drinking” involved in Pecha Kucha might put the kibosh on anything more complicated).

Presenters are allowed to project 20 images (of what the site does not say) onto a screen for a total of six-plus minutes.

There is no expected outcome. The event is more or less an experiment to cast light on “the hidden creativity in a city.”

According to its website, Pecha Kucha is for creativity, not profit. It’s held in social spaces, making it a “true” social network. And it’s organized by creative types — “artists, designers, students, architects, etc.”

Expected guests include: poet and author Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Blue Bicycle Books; Jacob Lindsey, founder of the design firm Keane & Co.; Nico Romo, executive chef at Fish Restaurant; and Marcus Amaker, poet, spoken-word artist, and editor of the Post and Courier‘s Preview. The event is Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. located at the Memminger Auditorium on Beaufain Street, downtown. Attendence requires an RSVP ( Maximum capacity is 200. For more, go to —John Stoehr

Dear John still looking for background

Producers of Dear John, a movie being filmed in the Lowcountry and based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, is still in need of extras this month and next. Here’s what’s needed: adult males and females (all types and ethnicities), including Indian, Moroccan, Greek, and Guatemalan men, women, and children; Middle-Eastern men, women and children; Nigerian men, women and children (or those of native African descent); males, ages 18-30. If interested, send a current snapshot (may be computer printed), contact info, age, height, weight, ethnicity, and availability to: Or to: Dear John Productions, Attention Extras Casting, 620 Dobbin Road, Charleston, SC, 29414. —John Stoehr