PechaKucha 28

Charleston Music Hall & Charleston Arts Festival present:

PechaKucha 28

Hanna Raskin, Benjamin Starr, Katie Zimmerman, Jenny Broe, Mary Beth Natajaran, Joel Sadler, Manny Houston, Emcee: Ben Towill, Groovy Tunes provided by DJ Party Dad

Tue · January 9, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12 - Advance | $14 - Day of Show

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PechaKucha 28
The Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to be teaming up again with Charleston Arts Festival to present PechaKucha 28 on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 PM! PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) keeping presentation concise, fast-paced, and powerful. The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators and artist liaison Terry Fox, is focused on developing a strong, interesting, and diverse presenter line up from an array of different artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage collaboration, communication, and support in Charleston’s creative community.

There are 6 presenters confirmed for for PechaKucha 28: Benjamin Starr (Hip-Hop Artist), Katie Zimmerman (Charleston Moves), Jenny Broe (Dancefx), Mary Beth Natajaran (Charleston Jazz), Joel Sadler (YESAND), and Manny Houston (Creative). The other two presenters will be revealed over the next few weeks.  Ben Towill will be our emcee for the evening.

To learn more about PechaKucha Global Community and check out Charleston Global PK page, click on the link below:

http://www.pechakucha.org/
Hanna Raskin
Hanna Raskin
Hanna Raskin is the food editor and chief critic of The Post and Courier, the South’s oldest daily newspaper and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for public service. During her first full year in Charleston, Raskin wrote and directed a documentary on camp meeting fried chicken that was honored with an IACP nomination, and was named the nation’s best food blogger by the Association of Food Journalists. More recently, in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, she produced the paper’s first podcast, an exploration of Gujarati kitchens concealed behind the check-in desks of Southeastern motels; she now co-hosts “The Winnow,” a weekly podcast about food and beverage in the American South.

In 2016, Raskin received the Association of Food Journalists’ awards for “Best Restaurant Criticism” and “Best Food Business Story.” The following year, she received the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural award for Local Impact, created “to recognize the work of an individual who displays enterprise and excellence in ongoing local food coverage.”

Raskin previously served as restaurant critic for the Seattle Weekly and the Dallas Observer, earning recognition from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. In 2013, she published “Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews,” which received an M.F.K. Fisher Award from Les Dames Escoffier International.

A food historian by training, Raskin wrote her master’s thesis at the State University of New York’s Cooperstown Graduate Program on the relationship between Jews and Chinese food; she’s since written about immigrant food culture and regional food history for publications including American Heritage, Garden & Gun, Imbibe, Punch, Modern Farmer, Belt, Cooking Light and Tasting Table. Raskin is a founding member of Foodways Texas, and active in the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is the vice-president of the Association of Food Journalists.
Benjamin Starr
Benjamin Starr
Through his masterful flow and lyricism, magnetic stage presence, and profound grasp of history and social issues, Charleston’s Benjamin Starr is an artist both timeless, and perfectly poised for his time and place.

The buzz around Starr’s talent has been growing for years through his singles, EPs, mixtapes, and freestyle performances, leading to the release of his first LP in 2015 entitled Free Lunch. Charleston City Paper’s Kyle Peterson described the record as “a soul and R&B sample-infused effort that showcased the emcee’s formidable technical skills and keen political and social consciousness, music that harkens back to hip-hop titans Nas and Talib Kweli.” Starr is a relentless and adventurous creator. In 2016, he released a live band EP with Very Hypnotic Soul Band, a group of socially conscious artists who collaborate on high concept genre-bending projects. Most recently, Starr headlined the first ever Hip-Hop performance at Charleston Music Hall and was a featured act at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale for 2017. He is currently working on his next solo album, a new project with VHSB, and continues to further his reputation as a deft collaborator and community leader.

With the depth, complexity, and raw talent demanded in an evolving cultural landscape, Benjamin Starr stands out as an undeniably powerful artistic force.
Katie Zimmerman
Katie Zimmerman
Katie became Executive Director in April 2017 after eight years at the Coastal Conservation League, where she was the Air, Water and Public Health Program Director. Prior to the League, she was a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, where she worked on performance metrics, strategic planning and legislative tracking. Before NOAA, she led several research and outreach projects on environmental justice, community empowerment, green building and water quality in the Charleston area. Katie earned her M.S. in Environmental Studies and her B.A. in English with minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies, all from the College of Charleston. She serves on several boards and committees, including that of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and the educational advisory board to the Lowcountry Graduate Center in Healthcare Management and Community Wellness.

Photo Credit: Leigh Webber
Jenny Broe
Jenny Broe
Dancer, instructor, and choreographer extraordinaire, Jenny Broe, former Executive Director of Dancefx Charleston, is now the owner and Chief Mad Scientist of her new brand and studio "Dance Lab".

When she's not in the lab concocting the next show-stopping performance for Charleston, she is booking gigs for her dancers, spending time exploring her love of yoga, and planning her next solo trip abroad. Hailing from Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA, Broe joined forces with Dancefx Athens in 2003 and continued with DFX, Inc. until 2015. She has enjoyed the honor of performing at Dance ATHENS Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, International Dance Grand Prix Italia in Bologna, Italy and the PULSE on Tour in Atlanta.

Broe has worked as a master contemporary, jazz and hip hop instructor at various establishments in the Southeast including Gotta Dance Atlanta, The Larew Center, Charleston School of the Arts and SCAHPERD. Her choreographic works have been featured at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale, the Piccolo Spoleto Finale, the South Carolina Dance Festival, the BB&T Food and Wine Festival, JAIL BREAK, Charleston Fashion Week, the American Heart Association Heart Ball and the Charleston Animal Society Firemen Calendar Debut Party to name a few.
Broe's passion for and dedication to teaching, cultivating, connecting and inspiring the dance community in the Southeast grows and evolves everyday. Determined to push progress for arts in Charleston, Broe continues to provide unique performance outlets for performers of all varieties.
Mary Beth Natajaran
Mary Beth Natajaran
Mary Beth Natarajan stepped into the Executive Director role at Charleston Jazz in 2015. Since that time she has combined her own brand of business savvy with the arts to help build a thriving jazz scene in Charleston. Mary Beth brings over 25 years of management, strategic marketing, and team building experience to Charleston Jazz.  Her past experience leading marketing initiatives for Fortune 200 and 500 companies and her ability to propel start-ups into growth have been instrumental in helping Charleston Jazz expand. Mary Beth’s goal is to create a vibrant, creative and sustainable jazz culture in the Holy City while celebrating its rich history in jazz. She is a founding member of TEDxCharleston’s leadership team and currently curates its performers. Mary Beth also runs a meditation studio with her husband, Muni, and champions the power of music and meditation to create peace-of-mind and health. She believes in taking authentic risks to achieve happiness and encourages others to do the same.
Joel Sadler
Joel Sadler
The following is all *technically* true of Joel: Charleston resident, collegiate All-American, international soccer player, competitive speed skater, medaled economic and cultural ambassador to China, radio co-host, UX professional, business consultant, technology commentator, illustrator, writer, editor, publisher, conference speaker, musician, clothing designer, galleried artist, serial entrepreneur, cortado appraiser, dedicated knolling practitioner, early stage investor, English teacher, cartographer, skateboarder, photographer, and firm believer that nothing is cooler than having fun.
Manny Houston
Manny Houston
An unstoppable force on stage, the young hype Manny Houston AKA Alan Fame is the music world's latest energizer. Coming out of Charleston, South Carolina, Fame's music is highly influenced by Hip-Hop, with a touch of Punk Rock philosophy. The mixture of high energy synths, dynamic drum beats and the scratchiness of his crooning, all adds to the edginess of his music and style, that will have you on the edge of your seat (or up and jumping around!). He cites modern acts such as Chance The Rapper, Disclosure, and Kanye West as much of his inspiration as a performer and songwriter.

Performing and making music is not new to Fame by any means. He has been on the stage since the age of seven. He started off leading the choir in his father’s church as a young kid. Then he became interested in theatre and started performing in local musicals in his hometown of Greenville, SC. During that time, he also was studying jazz and hip-hop dance intensively.

Alan Fame is not only a performer; he is also a musician, holding a degree in Classical Piano Performance from the College of Charleston. As he works on his music, Fame has said that promoting and inspiring, passion and positivity through his music is his main goal as an artist. He wants to help everyone live to their fullest potential.
Emcee: Ben Towill
Emcee: Ben Towill
Born in England, Ben Towill co-founded Silkstone Hospitality Group in 2008, and created four renowned New York City eateries, The Fat Radish, Ruschmeyers, The Leadbelly and The East Pole. He co-authored “The Fat Radish Food Diary,” which was published by Rizzoli. His food career started by working in the kitchens of Raymond Blanc’s famous two Michelin star Le Manoir aux Quat’Sai-sons in Oxford and Rick Stein’s restaurants in Cornwall, UK.

Ben was included in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014, and that year wrote a food-focused travel column for The New York Times documenting his cross-country bike ride, called “A Ride In The Country.” Ben moved from NYC to Charleston in 2013 to work as the brand director for Dewberry Hotels before creating his own design development company with his wife Kate called Basic Projects. Since that time, Basic Projects designs both residential and commercial . It is currently building an apartment hotel with a restaurant to open in the spring of 2018 as well as developing a new restaurant concept, Basic Kitchen, just opened November 2017.

Ben is an active and passionate advocate of sustainable food systems and how they affect us. Ben’s heroes are Yvon Chouinard, Jamie Oliver and Bob Dylan.
Venue Information:
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403
http://charlestonmusichall.com/