News and Notes from Louisville

Some good and bad to start off December:

LVL1, our resident hackerspace, is going to be hosting a “build your own USB chargerworkshop this weekend and next, according to their website. They call them “MintiBoosts” as they use old mint tins with AA batteries, and only cost $35, including materials and the lesson. Neat!

Our totally awesome DIY venue Skull Alley is going to be closing at the end of this year. This is sad, as all ages venues are hard to come by in Louisville, much less anywhere in the nation. Skull Alley was one of the few who genuinely tried to help touring bands, didn’t take a huge cut of the door, and worked to host a variety of artists. I’ve both played and booked shows there, and it always went pretty smooth. Unfortunately, the debacle was a result of both a zoning issue and fire code violation.

PechaKucha 20×20. Yep. Wait. What? This is pretty neat so I’ll let them explain it:

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Does that sound totally fucking amazing? Yes it does! And it’s going to be in Louisville, at 21 C Museum, on Tuesday, December 7! You can read more about it where I heard the news, on the ever-popular Consuming Louisville.