PechaKucha Night Is Still Hot in Water Mill

10 people, 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide

When PechaKucha Hamptons launched at the Parrish Art Museum’s former home as an event first called Lightning Round in Southampton on Oct. 27, 2011, it was a novelty for most people on the East End. But the premise was simple: 10 members of the local creative community would each present 20 slides, each for exactly 20 seconds, while explaining her or his avocation in less than seven minutes. 

The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in 2003. It was Andrea Grover, then the Parrish’s curator of special projects, who brought the program to the museum and in so doing tapped into a vast new audience.

That first evening included the artists Jameson Ellis and Hope Sandrow, the photographer Lindsay Morris, the architect Maziar Behrooz, Brenda Simmons, a poet and now museum founder; Alissa Smith, a fashion designer; the Edible magazine editor Brian Halweil, David Falkowski, a mushroom farmer, and more. 

Just shy of a year later, on Sept. 20, 2012, the event was acknowledged by the Japanese headquarters and given the designation PechaKucha Night Hamptons. The event traveled along to the museum’s new home in Water Mill and continues to make good on the promise of the first program. The series was truly transformative, reaching so deeply into the multi-generational community of “people living creatively on the East End” — well over 200 thus far — that every succeeding PechaKucha program has sold out.

PechaKucha Night Hamptons, Vol. 26, will take place tomorrow evening at 6 at the museum in Water Mill. While advance tickets are no longer available, no-shows are inevitable, according to the museum, which is why tomorrow at 5 an in-person waiting list will form at the front desk.

Vol. 26 will feature Raymond Dowd, a lawyer and law professor whose specialty is copyright and Nazi-looted art; Inda Eaton, a singer-songwriter from East Hampton who draws from fans of rock, country, and acoustic music; Deborah Klughers, a master beekeeper and owner of Bonac Bees, and Don Lenzer, an aptly named award-winning documentary director and cinematographer.

Ned Smyth, an artist who lives and works on Shelter Island, will discuss his work, which is currently on view at Ille Arts in Amagansett (see review on C1), as will D.J. Twilo, a D.J. who has been recording and producing music since she was 13 years old.   The program will be rounded out by Tonito Valderrama, an environmental artist and teacher, and Linh Vivace, an artist-physicist-engineer who was born in Malaysia to Vietnamese boat people and recently began a new life and job on Long Island.

Tickets are $12 and free for members.