The Presenters Are: Alva Anderson, Parker Milner, Susan Hull Walker, Shannon Vogt, Kate Ledbetter, Patch Whisky, LaFaye, & Keon Masters
DOORS: 7:30PM / SHOW: 8:00PM
$12 Advance | $14 Day of Show
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. Charleston Music Hall is proud to be the official venue and producer of PechaKucha Charleston. The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators Charleston Arts Festival and artist liaison Terry Fox, hopes to focus 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.
– Alva Anderson – Violist and Singer
– Parker Milner – Food Writer, Post and Courier
– Susan Hull Walker – Founder and Creative Director, Ibu Movement
– Shannon Vogt – Founder of The Void Theatre Company
– Kate Ledbetter – Executive Director, Redux Contemporary Art Center
– Patch Whisky – Artist and Muralist
– LaFaye – Vocalist and Performer
– Keon Masters
Shannon is a voice actor and vocalist in Charleston, SC. She founded The Void Theatre Company where she serves as Artistic Director. A graduate of the Theatre program at Columbia College Chicago, she also trained at Black Box Acting and earned a degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston. Her acting work is driven by her study of the inner workings of relationships and the fallibility of the human mind. She has been seen in roles such as RITA CLARK in Monster, SERENA in Drama Club, JOANIE in The Full Monty, and you can see her on stage next as ANNETTE in Footlight Player’s God Of Carnage. Her dad once said that she “had a face for radio,” so she sells her voice online as a voice actor. Recent voiceover credits include Shure Microphones, Bridgestone, and Wells Fargo. When not performing or recording, she is meditating, watching old horror movies, reading Tom Robbins, or advocating for the addiction-recovery community.
Alva Anderson is a skilled singer as well as classically trained violist. Her work history includes jazz festivals, weddings and corporate affairs as a solo, duo, or part of her own ensemble. She considers music ‘food’ for her soul and believes that others will be nourished as well when she performs. Alva sings jazz, blues and folk songs from around the world. Included in her repertoire are songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and the South African ‘Click’ language.
Parker Milner is the Food Editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, where he covers restaurants, South Carolina agriculture and other food and beverage related ventures. Before joining The Post and Courier, he led the Charleston City Paper’s food section.
Prior to his career in journalism, Milner attended Boston College from 2009-2013, winning two National Championships as a goaltender on the Division 1 hockey team. After graduation, he embarked on a seven-year professional hockey career, which eventually brought him to Charleston to play for the South Carolina Stingrays.
During his playing career, he acted on a longtime passion for food and writing by applying for a freelance position with Eater. This work led to further freelance opportunities with the Charleston City Paper, Charleston Magazine and other publications. When he retired from professional hockey, he transitioned to journalism full-time.
At The Post and Courier, Milner takes pride in seeking out wonderful restaurants in unexpected places, which he chronicles in the newspaper’s premium Charleston’s Menu newsletter. He lives on James Island.
Susan Hull Walker:
Nine years ago, Susan Hull Walker founded the Ibu Movement to offer a marketplace for remarkably skilled women artisans in developing economies. Her goals were two: put money in the hands of women, and preserve the near-extinct cultural languages carried in craft. Today, Ibu partners with over 100 women’s artisan groups in 50 countries, collaborating in design and offering their quality goods via a storefront on King Street, a strong e-commerce presence, and national trunk shows and salons.
Ibu is not-for-profit, but for progress, for impact, for women. In addition to the Marketplace, Ibu offers grants to fund workspaces for their partners as well as business or skill training. Ibu also works to elevate the whole artisan sector, one of the fastest growing income-producers in the world, at $466 billion now, expected to grow to double in 5 years. Most of those artisans are women (inspiring, skilled, ambitious, resilient women).
Susan grew up in Louisville, KY, attended Baylor University and Harvard Divinity School, where her cross-cultural studies in world religion formed the foundation for her work today. She served for 18 years as a minister in Portland, Maine, and at the Circular Church in Charleston, SC; as well as chaplain to a Women’s Psychiatric Hospital in San Francisco. She taught World Religion at the College of Charleston, later returning to school at the Savannah College of Art and Design to study Fiber Arts, becoming a studio weaver and dyer of cloth. She exhibited her art pieces and sold to both private and institutional collectors.
Textiles, she realized, are the repository of women!s stories, values, and the record of their lives. As she dove into the world of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embellishing hand-crafted cloth, Susan found her calling again as a different kind of Woman of the Cloth.
Susan now lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, working full-time as the CEO and Creative Director of Ibu. She travels widely to visit the artisans and to present internationally on the powerful impact of this global movement.
Patch Whisky is an American visual artist. His signature psychedelic candy coated monsters inspired by Japanese video games from the 80’s and graffitti can be seen on buildings and gallery walls across America. Residing in The LowCountry, he has a studio/event space in Park Circle he opens up on a monthly basis to the public hosting art events.You can check his work out and Follow the Monsters over at patchwhisky.com.
Kate Ledbetter is a Lowcountry native. She serves as Executive Director of Redux Contemporary Art Center. Driven by a strong connection to the people, culture and landscape of the area, Kate has committed years to working with local non-profit organizations such as Drayton Hall, South Carolina Aquarium and Charleston Collegiate School.
Since moving to Charleston in 1998, Kate has been witness to and part of the incredible evolution of the local art and music scene. What a rad ride. Kate serves on the board of Ohm Radio because of the strong belief that everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. She lives on Johns Island with her wild children who swing from the trees, chickens pecking about and a very cool husband puttering in his garden.
This Atlanta Bred artist who recently relocated from Savannah to Charleston, brings her infectious high-powered presence and unmatched vibe to the Charleston music scene with the intent of showcasing the genre of Rock-Soul. Her undeniable ability to capture and entertain takes over as she draws audiences into her world with every memorable performance. Before starting her own band, LaFaye served in the United States Army, where she gained a true love for the sound of Rock-n-Roll. Her heart for serving her country through music, serving the people & traveling to perform & uplift the spirits of families as they mourned loved ones is a passion and love that she carries with her even still today in her own shows.
LaFaye released her first single, “Flaws & All” in 2020. It was received with great reviews and has become a crowd favorite. Since making a heart wrenching decision to take a short break from the stage, she has been hard at work in her own craft, as she preps to release more music in 2023 and launch her multi-organizational company, Auntie’s House Productions and Fine Line Brims, which is a custom hat and accessory line that specializes in upgrading personal wardrobes. LaFaye is a true force and thrives from being able to help others reach their goals in music and in life.
Allyson Sutton & Joel Sadler:
Allyson Sutton and Joel Sadler are partners in life and work, combining their backgrounds in branding and innovation with their passion for community building and social responsibility to launch and grow businesses with purpose.
Together, the duo co-founded Sightsee in 2018, a brand that aims to inspire exploration in all forms. Sightsee’s flagship location in downtown Charleston houses both the brand’s retail shop and specialty coffee bar, which was named Food & Wine’s Best Coffee Shop in South Carolina in 2022.
Sutton and Sadler are also the co-founders of Huskwell, a social enterprise offering high-quality cascara (loose leaf coffee cherry tea) direct-to-consumer and F&B partners, as well as the owners of Playswell & Co., a multi-disciplinary studio with clients spanning across software, digital advertising, and retail. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, AdExchanger, and Saveur, to name a few, and they’ve spoken at events including Pecha Kucha, CreativeMornings, and DMEXCO.
Keon Masters is a singer/songwriter from Charleston, SC who’s most recognized for his work with indie rock band, Brave Baby, that he formed in Charleston in 2012. He has released numerous albums with the group and as a solo artist. His songs have been licensed and featured in television shows, commercials, and various digital ad campaigns over the years. At this time he is the market director for the Renfro Refreshment Company – a concessionaire that oversees all food and beverage operations at the Charleston Music Hall and Music Farm – he is an active realtor with Carolina One Real Estate, and is currently working on new material to be released with Brave Baby throughout the course of 2023. He lives with his wife, Victoria, in their Eastside home in downtown Charleston with their son, Ramare.
Professor Ping - DJ:
Professor Ping, aka DJ Josh Silverman, has been the house DJ for PechaKucha since the early days. His style blends old school, breakbeat, rare groove, and electronic tracks in a continuous mix that will blow your headphones. He produces a weekly radio show, Class with Professor Ping, that broadcasts nationally on the Fleet Radio Network and is the Music Director of LA based Lo Fly Radio. For more information and to listen in, visit www.professorping.com.
VENUE COVID POLICY:
Based on the latest local guidelines, attendees are not required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test AND/OR vaccination for entry into this event. Attendees are also not required to wear a mask. Be sure to check your venue website for the latest updates and guidelines as entry requirements are subject to change.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403