Slideshow Freaks

Imagine that all of life’s exchanges were limited to twenty seconds. Okay, now get your mind out of the gutter. With a guaranteed timestamp, awkward moments such as bumping into an ex, dealing with the curmudgeonly not-so-little lady at the DMV, and having a prostate exam would all be substantially more bearable. Such is the Pecha Kucha philosophy: if you can’t do it in 20 seconds…beep! Time’s up.

At Pecha Kucha (which roughly translates to “chit chat” in Japanese), creative minds come together to present their ideas by displaying 20 images for 20 seconds each. The presenter has only the allotted time to describe each image. It’s kind of like speed dating for artists; but instead of conversing with potential dates, the artists talk about their ideas. Wait, that’s exactly what artists do on dates -- somebody just wised up and created an event that makes it socially acceptable.

The fourth and final Pecha Kucha Night of this season features professors from Arizona State University.

Wed., March 23, 6 p.m., 2011