PechaKucha hits Vol. 21 and heads back to St. Mary's Strip

21 is largely celebrated in this society, 21 anything is an impressive number to achieve. San Antonio's interactive platform for creative professionals, PechaKucha has hit it's 21st installment and is feeling a little rock n' roll (perhaps because now it's technically of drinking age?).  Volume 21 will be focusing on arts, brews and tattoos at it's original stopping rounds, the St. Mary's strip. The Paper Tiger will be hosting the event Tuesday, Feb. 23.

What is unique about PechaKucha, is how the creative professional speakers is given 20 power point slides with only 20 seconds to speak about each one. The first presenters of the 2016 year are as followed:

Troy Peters, Conductor

Troy Peters has been Music Director of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) since 2009. Throughout his conducting career, he has built meaningful connections between the classical music tradition and local cultural scenes across the U.S. He presented Portland indie folk act Blind Pilot with the Oregon Symphony, commissioned composers (including Phish’s Trey Anastasio) to write for the Vermont Youth Orchestra, and paired a mariachi band and a Tejano legend with the San Antonio Symphony. Sobre Sound recently named his “OK Computer Live” project, in which a dozen local bands covered Radiohead’s landmark album backed by a full symphony orchestra at the Tobin Center, San Antonio’s top moment in music for 2015.


Chris Cullum, Attaboy Click

Chris Cullum is best known for flavors that are tasty, fresh and full of soul — and he can pair food with music like no one else. He first brought great cuisine to his father’s River Walk jazz club Jim Cullum’s Landing before building a great beer and wine selection at the St. Mary’s Strip music venue and bar Limelight. He now owns the soul and jazz establishment Tucker’s Kozy Korner and is the proud proprietor of both the Attaboy Burgers Airstream food truck and Attagirl Ice House off the Strip.


Kelly Edwards, Tattooer

Kelly Edwards’ passion for art began as a child, and by his 20s, he was making art for any gig that paid — from muralist to newspaper illustrator to hip-hop poster designer. When a friend challenged him to try tattooing, he began to study, get tattooed by and learn from the legends in his trade. Now in his 19th year as a professional tattoo artist, he focuses on large Americana and Japanese traditional tattooing. And tacos. Never forget the tacos.


Elisabeth Forsythe, Bar Director

Elisabeth Forsythe loves her craft and hospitality in equal measures. Grounded in classic technique, she experiments with new, often untraditional ingredients and spirits. Her bar programs feature wildly creative and extensive cocktail menus, but there’s one thing most important to her: making guests happy. Elisabeth, a.k.a. “Miss Speed Rack Texas,” was a finalist in the national Speed Rock competition, and her work has been featured in Imbibe, Texas Monthly and Tasting Panel.


Phil Luna, Artist/Musician

Phillip Luna is a full time artist and musician, and has been a consummate contributor to the San Antonio art and music scene for almost three decades. Self-taught multi-instrumentalist; his visual art and musical compositions are based on behavioral and emotional struggles, as well as love and outer space.


David S. Rubin, Curator/Artist

David S. Rubin is an independent curator, author, and artist. He has been an active figure in the contemporary arts field for 40 years and is currently a regular contributor to the online journals Glasstire, The Rivard Report, and Visual Art Source. From 2006-2014, Rubin served as The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  


Travis Buffkin, Impoverished Musician / Music Editor at The Current

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Travis Buffkin learned to harmonize with The Judds before he could walk. He believes, particularly, in songs named after women and dudes named Lefty or Lightnin'; worships at the Church of Nelson-Dylan-Simone of The-Not-So-Disparate-Trinity; has had sex to Slim Harpo, The Rolling Stones and The Rolling Stones playing Slim Harpo; and writes/sings about it.


Brooke Smith, Chef

Chef Brooke Smith prefers not to speak about herself in the third person. She uses her craft to reflect her passionate, individualistic, and creative nature. Her appetite for new experiences is rivaled only by her appetite for bean, rice, and sour cream tacos. She is a native of San Antonio, and having the opportunity to flourish in the community she so adores is a source of great pride and motivation.


The schedule is as followed:

6:30 p.m. Happy Hour
Cash bar and “small bites” from Bakery Lorraine, The Box Street Social, Dignowity Meats, Folc, One Lucky Duck, Sweet Chela’s and Tim the Girl

7:30 p.m. Presentations with Intermission

Emcee: Randy Beamer, News 4 San Antonio

After Party to Follow

Ticket Information

$5 minimum suggested donation. The Vol. 21 event is first-come, first-served.
No presale tickets.