PechaKucha evolved from the Japanese word for “chit-chat” – an appropriate name for a style of presentation that values brevity in a world of twenty-two minute Ted Talks. Presenters here have twenty slides and twenty seconds to address each slide, meaning the presentations last no longer than six minutes and forty seconds. The San Diego Architectural Foundation will be hosting their local PechaKucha Night this Wednesday, as advertised by their posters which feature the ethereal artwork of Charles Bergquist.

The evening will be emceed by Grant Barrett, co-host and co-producer of NPR’s nationally syndicated radio program A Way With Words, and features speakers such as Peter McConnell of 3rdSpace, speaking about San Diego Unseen, a new book of SD photos by San Diegans; Barbarella Fokos, perhaps best known for her weekly column in The Reader, who has revealed that her presentation is titled “Happy Endings: A Dominatrix’s Guide to Business Relations”; Samantha Ollinger, the executive director of Bike San Diego, which aims to “promote a world-class biking infrastructure” by encouraging everyday riding; artist Joshua Krause, who recently exhibited at Parachute Factory and Subtext – as well as other equally talented and diverse presenters.

This PechaKucha Night Vol. 17 takes place tonight, February 20th around 8 p.m. (doors open at 7, talks begin at “20:20”) in The Lafayette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom (2223 El Cajon Blvd). There is a suggested donation of $10 entry for what will undoubtedly prove to be an enlightening, engaging and eclectic evening.

PechaKucha SD 17, Charles Bergquist