Melanie Maganias, one of the country’s top wedding photographers offers a photographic valentine portraying her love for Montana cowboys and Shannon Faunce teases us with the story of “How I Met Your Father” at the next PechaKucha Night at Downtown Bozeman’s Ellen Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13th and 14th. Both shows start at 6:40pm and feature the same presenters.
Doug Wales, a musician and former director of marketing and public relations at Bridger Bowl for 28 years, shares his love affair with Cuban music and details a remarkable project to develop an intercultural relationship between Cuban and US musicians.
Jelani Mahiria, another musician, and MSU assistant teaching professor, will describe his love of the West Boulder Valley and the role of place in anchoring self-love. Perhaps no one has a greater sense of place than retired architect George Mattson, who will reprise an audience favorite, “Growing up in Yellowstone.”
Artist and river guide Kelsey Dzintars, whose sister Alexa was killed by a drunk driver while she was biking home from work five years ago, will share with us how her art and love of nature helped her survive the heart-wrenching loss.
Native Montanan Paul Borash will describe the joys and challenges of his nontraditional path in which he has focused on having “agency” over his own life by doing things that at first seemed impossible.
Anna Stone, a lefthander in a right-handed universe, will present on “Left, Right and Wrong: How Handedness Shapes Our World.”
In her presentation, “From the Ground Up: A Life Transformed by Nature,” Naomi Scott explores the life-giving connection between soil and well-being – how the health of the soil is inextricably linked to our physical and mental health.
In “The Forgotten Path to Church State Separation in America’s Founding,” Bruce Gourley, historian, author, speaker and photographer, will provide insight into the beginnings of the long debate about the separation of church and state that continues to this day.
In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, Bill Eikman will reprise his crowd-pleasing presentation on why he loves his vasectomy.
Emcee will be Justin Barth, who offered a fascinating history of fire lookouts at the last PechaKucha Night in November. When he is not out enjoying the outdoors (and sometimes when he is) he works as development director for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
Bozeman Art Museum is sponsor of the February event. Tickets are available at www.theellentheatre.com for $9 (including facility fee). Students may purchase tickets at the door for $5.50.
PechaKucha (peh-chak-cha) offers anyone with a passion or a vision – designers, artists, inventors, architects, adventurers, entrepreneurs – an opportunity to share their ideas with the community during a fast-paced, friendly social get-together. There’s just one catch: presenters have only 20 slides x 20 seconds each, a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds! •