The location of the sixth Pecha Kucha Charleston was quite appropriate. What better place to hear seven six minute and 40 second lectures than in an auditorium, complete with stage, school insignia, and all. (Though a note to organizers: It’s probably not that smart to stick people in a practically pitch-black room and expect them to eat nachos, as evidenced by the queso that dripped onto my foot.)
Ticketholders were forced to compete for a limited number of folding chairs; some opted to sit in circles on the floor. After bagpiper Josh Collins opened the night with his rendition of “Amazing Grace” (which should really only be reserved for funerals), emcee Jonathan Miller, a children’s author and former Pecha Kucha-er, kicked off the event.
Salon owners Geoff and Noel Richardson went first; Geoff presented a mixed speech while Noel publicly cut the hair of a very brave pre-selected volunteer. Up next, Karen Ann Myers sold me on the wonders of Redux, Joel Parker used his R-rated party paintings to illustrate his talk, and Ashley Reid sounded sweetly nervous as she discussed the cultural inspirations behind her fashion line and exactly where the name Clewis Reid came from.
After a 30-minute intermission (where guests could enjoy a candy bar — and I’m not talking about a Snickers, I mean a table full of different candy selections), Todd Richardson picked things back up with an Inconvenient Truth-style address on how to grow Charleston the right way. Instead of speaking, Kevin Harrison, from PDA Video, showed a film detailing his evolution as a marketer and videographer, from starting riots to filming documentaries in India. And if Steve Jobs took up motivational speaking, you’d have Noah Everett, who wrapped up the evening. The admittedly sweaty founder of TwitPic closed the night with a wise question: How will you feel about your life? With all he’s accomplished, Everett must feel pretty darn good about his.