THE NEXT BIG THING, IN 20 SLIDES
So you want it all. You actually want even more: a bit of art, a bit of design, cool high-tech projects, but most of all, cool ideas of all kinds, practical and esoteric, even bizarre — as long as they're intriguing and thought-provoking. That is what Pecha Kucha Providence (pecha-kucha.org/cities/providence — and pronounced, for the record, p'CHAH ku-CHAH) aims to deliver every month.
Started in Japan in 2003 and now held in more than 110 locations globally, Pecha Kucha was created to allow designers to network and share their thoughts and projects with one another, but it now extends well beyond the design community. Each event features a series of presenters who are each allowed to show 20 images for 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds in the limelight.
The Providence gatherings, held monthly at local bars and other locations (the next one is September 23 at Bravo), attract local artists, techies, social and business entrepreneurs, and more, and they're a great way to meet creative people and find out about new projects in the community and at the colleges.
Check into half the stuff above and you'll be busy through the rest of the year, but if you want to keep abreast with everything that's going on in town, there are a few key places to find announcements and event listings. Some of the best include Providence Daily Dose (providencedailydose.com), a local blog with a good eye on the arts in particular; Connect Providence (connectprovidence.org), geared, as its name suggests, to connecting people and groups across the city; Greater City: Providence (gcpvd.org), a blog focused on urban issues and ways to make the city more livable; and for all things techie, RI Nexus (rinexus.com), which has a comprehensive calendar and also features articles on local companies and upcoming events.