Laura Ball

November 19th, 2013
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Laura Ball, our emcee for PK20.

Laura Ball is an Arts Activist, Performer/Composer, and Noisemaker dedicated to creating a greater awareness of cultural identity and compassion through the mediums of collaborative and interdisciplinary art. She endeavors to redefine what it means for musicians to “play.” Currently, she is “playing” nicely with others at the Charleston Dance Institute and Chamber Music Charleston to produce Charleston’s first original Ballet/Score performed with live orchestra to debut this Holiday Season. She serves as the artistic director for the UNED!TED concert series and loves playing pipe organ.

Sully Sullivan

November 19th, 2013


Sully Sullivan: Born in Hawaii, lived in California, Texas, Georgia, and now South Carolina.  9.5 times out of 10 I don’t need a ladder. First picked up a camera about 6 years ago and started assisting some of the worlds best photographers in New York, Los Angeles, and Germany. Have recently in the past few years started building my own client base.  My ultimate goal is to take over the world, but in the number 2 spot, I dont want to be on top, just under the radar.  Everyone always goes after the person who is number 1. I dont know what I would do without my Mom, My friends and Photography (in that order).  This is my life, I freakin love it!

Paul Roof

November 19th, 2013


Paul Roof – Holy City Beard & Moustache Society

Paul Roof is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Charleston Southern University and specializes in urban studies and popular culture.

In 2007, while teaching at the College of Charleston, Paul founded the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society. This American Beardsman’s recent beard contest victories include 5th Place in the World Freestyle Beard 2011, 1st Place Freestyle Beard in the Miami Beard & Moustache Championships 2011, 3rd Place Full Beard Natural in the North Carolina Beard & Moustache Championships 2012, and 3rd Place Freestyle Beard in the East Coast Beard & Moustache Championships held in Philadelphia 2012, and 2nd Place Freestyle Beard in the National Beard & Moustache Championships held in New Orleans in 2013.  His beard has been featured on Buzzfeed, GQ Magazine, UK Telegraph, Reader’s Digest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.

The HCBMS is one of just three American Beard/Moustache clubs to be part of the World Beard & Moustache Association.  Charleston Mayor Joe Riley officially declared May 25th as Beard & Moustache Appreciation Day in the Holy City, and each year Charleston hosts the Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships.  The ultimate goal is to have Charleston host the World Beard & Moustache Championships.

Nathan Durfee

November 15th, 2013


Nathan Durfee has garnered notoriety across the Southeast for his captivating, pop-surrealist narratives and intriguing use of color. Currently based in Charleston, South Carolina, Durfee has been heralded as the 2010 Best Local Visual Artist by Charleston City Paper and the winner of the 2010 Charleston Portrait Slam, in addition to receiving the Teatrio Cultural Association book award for his children’s book Hello My Name is Bernard. Each of Durfee’s solo gallery exhibitions has also been met with critical acclaim and sold out almost immediately. Durfee has also recently been profiled in American Art Collector, Charleston Art and Charleston Scene magazines.


PK20-Officially Sold Out!

November 15th, 2013

Hoot Hoot! The house will be packed, so hopefully you’re going to be one of the lucky ones, because Pecha Kucha 20 is officially sold out.

We’ll tell you where to meet us on Monday! See you November 20th.

Doors at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm (ish).

Extra Extra Tickets

November 13th, 2013




We’ve got some extra last minute tickets for Pecha Kucha 20 on November 20th.

Get them here, $20 each.

Marcus Amaker

November 13th, 2013


Marcus Amaker is

a) A graphic designer, who has worked with many creatives in town.
b) A music fanatic, who is obsessed with sound.
c) An avid bike rider, who gave up his car.
d) The guy singing loudly at a karaoke bar.
e) A videographer, who edits film and makes movies.
f) A child of the 70s, who dresses groovy.
g) The former editor of Charleston Scene.
h) An entrepreneur who is living his dream.
i) A published poet, who champions the power of love
j) all of the above.

Gil Shuler

November 13th, 2013

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Gil Shuler. Native South Carolinian. Been drawing all my life and still drawing all the time. Raised on a farm by hardworking parents who instilled in me that hard work, good craftsmanship and strong relationships make life meaningful.

Gil is the founder/creative director of Gil Shuler Graphic Design, a studio he started in 1985. After completing his graphic design degree from Western Carolina University, Shuler moved to Charleston where he worked as an art director for a couple of ad agencies before starting his own firm.  Focusing on idea driven, conceptual design, GSGD has been creating award winning work for over 25 years and has been published in Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, DDC, as well as winning innumerable ADDY & AIGA awards. In 2012, the studio’s work was exhibited at the University of South Carolina’s McMaster Gallery.  The show, Mechanicals to Megapixels: A Retrospective of Gil Shuler Graphic Design, displayed beginning and recent work throughout the studio’s history.

Ethan Jackson

November 7th, 2013


Ethan Jackson – Client Director//Partnership Development at Lunch & Recess

Prior to receiving his master’s in integrated communications in 2001 from the regular University of South Carolina, not the Honors College, Jackson had already found his calling working with marketing directors at Shell Oil, Sony Music and copywriters at Grey Advertising in Spain.

After receiving his master’s he jumped straight into the New York advertising game — working on Fortune 500 brands such as: Kraft, Dr. Scholl’s, Sanofi-Aventis, he was thrilled to have re-launched the oldest icon in advertising history, The Maytag Repair Man, whom he now counts as a real live personal friend. Jackson was lucky enough to find colleagues who also serve as on-going resources and mentors at Young & Rubicam, Euro RSCG, berwyn editorial, Publicis NY and undoubtedly Walton | Isaccson.

In 2007, Ethan returned to Columbia to work with RIGGS as an account supervisor on Coral Gables Hospital and First Citizens Bank. He found another opportunity in 2008, at the best-known broadcast production company in SC, Mad Monkey. There he freelanced as an account director on the South Carolina Education Lottery, Rush’s, and the Nickelodeon accounts, among others. He successfully created new partnerships with The Bounce Agency, Cavalier Films, Hurricane Builders, Spanish Vines, Little Airplane Productions and other new agency partners. He likes Mad Monkey.

He is proud to sit on the following boards: Columbia Council for Internationals, The South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, and the Indie Grits Film Festival. If he could get paid for it, he would really prefer to just stand on surfboards. In his spare time he also advises for PitchPoint PR in Chicago and the video content unit of The Onion in New York. No word on his talks with the Jimmy Fallon Show (yet).

Now at Lunch & Recess, Jackson is very proud to continue developing relationships with clients and partners who value the creative and the tenacity that goes in to making it all happen. At once.

Buff Ross

October 30th, 2013


Buff Ross has been designing and pushing pixels since 1999. Five years ago he started Alloneword Design to focus his services on museums, artists and other cultural organizations, in addition to commercial clients. Prior to this he served as the Assistant Director and curator for The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His life is littered with a rangy collection of other occupations including roofer, painter, associate professor, cook, shipworker, fishmonger, potter’s assistant, archeologist and the worst babysitter ever. Buff spoke at PK 15, emceed PK 19, and now returns for our ‘best of’ Pecha Kucha 20!