Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy hour preceding eight, rapid-fire presentations from creative professionals at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation gets you in the door to enjoy snacks and a cash bar. All proceeds from the bar will benefit the nonprofit Las Casas Foundation, the force behind the restoration of the Majestic and Empire theaters. Joci Straus founded Las Casas in 1988 and spearheaded the effort to raise more than $10 million toward the restoration projects. The Empire Theatre reopened in 1998 after being dark for 25 years and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
WOAI News Anchor Randy Beamer will again emcee the event, which will likely host more than 300 people as PechaKucha San Antonio gains popularity.
PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit-chat,” was founded in 2003 by Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture to provide an opportunity for artists, architects, authors, chefs, florists, and you-name-its to share projects and ideas they are most passionate about – professionally or as a hobby. PechaKucha chapters have popped up in more than 700 cities around the world. San Antonio’s first PechaKucha Night was held in February 2011 and has been a quarterly event ever since.
Many of Volume 16’s presenters are local celebrities of sorts. Some are more behind-the-scenes. All are expected to share something unexpected and unique – it’s the PechaKucha way.
The Rivard Report is a media sponsor of PechaKucha San Antonio.
Here are brief biographies of the PechaKucha San Antonio Volume 16 presenters as provided by organizers in no particular order:
Marilyn Lanfear, Artist
Marilyn Lanfear is a native Texan who grew up in Corpus Christi and has lived in San Antonio since the ’60s, except for five-year stints in New York City and in Oregon where she taught at Lewis & Clark College and at the University of Oregon. She has taught at UTSA, the Art Institute and San Antonio College. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. When Marilyn moved to Manhattan (thinking that she needed to live in “mecca”), she realized that the stories that she had heard in Texas, and had used to entertain her friends, were interesting, even exotic. She is continuing her family’s storytelling tradition in her work, using a variety of media – lead, wood, stone, artist-made paper, words, even paint. Marilyn is a visual storyteller, and all of her work is informed by the fact that she is a woman from a particular place.
Brent Barry, NBA Analyst
Brent Barry was raised in the Bay Area, attended school on a regular basis at least until he went to college at Oregon State on a basketball scholarship, graduating with a degree in sociology – which was put to use immediately after being hired for his first real job out of college. Selected 15th in the 1995 NBA draft, “Bones” spent 14 years in the league, was part of two glorious championships in San Antonio, and has lived in SA for 10 interesting years of his development.
Rick Casey, Journalist
Rick Casey started his career as a cub reporter for the San Antonio Light in 1967. He has since served another stint at the Light as well as two at the Express-News and two as editor of San Antonio city magazines. He also was a reporter and editor at the Seattle Times in the early 1980s and a columnist at the Houston Chronicle from 2003-2011. For the past three years he has served as the host and managing editor of the immodestly named “Texas Week with Rick Casey,” which airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on KLRN.
Andrew Weissman, 47-Year-Old
A San Antonio native, Chef Andrew Weissman graduated from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park and worked in France and New York before finding himself back in his hometown, where he introduced world-class cuisine with the opening of Le Rêve in 2001. With critical acclaim from The New York Times, Gourmet and four James Beard nominations, Weissman’s local restaurants include The Sandbar Fish House & Market, Osteria Il Sogno, The Luxury, Sip Coffee & Espresso Bar, and Big’z Burger Joint. Weissman is a proud father of three and an avid runner and cyclist.
Molly Cox, Cheese Lover
After a career in radio, Molly Cox, a native of Corpus Christi, moved to San Antonio in 2006. She spends her days working as the chief of engagement with SA2020 and eating copious amounts of cheese. In her quest to emcee all things, she has worked with some amazing organizations, including Any Baby Can, YOSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and TEDxSanAntonio.
Shokare Nakpodia, Creative Director
Shokare (Sho) Nakpodia is a founding Partner and Creative Director of The MightyGroup — a full service communications agency established in 2002, located just east of downtown San Antonio. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Sho lived and worked in London and New York prior to making the move to San Antonio more than 12 years ago. His diverse professional and academic training in civil engineering, fine arts, and graphic design have taken him to four continents around the globe. His personal commitment to the growth of San Antonio led to the development of DreamWeek in 2013; a city-wide summit promoting the exchange of ideas on universal issues facing multi-cultural communities.
Rick Frederick, Theatre Artist
Rick Frederick is an actor, director and designer living and working in San Antonio and currently serves as the Managing Director of ATTICREP, the resident theatre at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. With strong roots in the visual arts, Rick approaches theater making as a sculptural form. Rick has performed and/or designed sets, costumes, props and sound for companies in San Antonio, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Greece, and Russia.
Ray Chavez, Artist
Born and raised in San Antonio, Ray Chavez attended Central Catholic High School and San Antonio College. In addition to being an artist and owner of a T-shirt screenprinting company, Ray is the coordinating director of Cornyation, one of the most popular events of Fiesta Week, hosted at the The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. Next year, Cornyation and its King Anchovy will celebrate its 50th year, and Ray is proud that over the years the organization has grown to give almost two million dollars to local charities. Ray lives in Monte Vista with his two cats, Cowboy and Tita, and two dogs, Chula and Junior.
*Featured/top image: The Empire Theatre. Courtesy of The Majestic Theatre and The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre.