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February 14: Valentine’s Day. Like it or loathe it, the holiday (“holiday”?) celebrating love comes once a year, and today, folks, it’s back. Fortunately for the uninformed, platitudes about love are in no short supply.
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” we learned from Love Story. “Love is blind,” Speed advised Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona. “Love is, that you are the knife which I plunge into myself,” said Kafka. (Woah there, Franz.)
“All is fair in love and war,” goes a proverb attributed to John Lyly’s Euphues: The Anatomy of Wyt.
But what about romance and work, mixing business and pleasure? For meaningful insight, one must turn to the local experts.
Stacie and Jon Rowe are the owners of The Station Café. John explained that he and Stacie worked together before they started dating, which has greatly benefited their marriage and business. Stacie succinctly summed it up: “We’re an awesome team!”
Anne Ng, who, along with her partner of five years Jeremy Mandrell, comprises two-thirds of the Bakery Lorraine team, noted the importance of “taking time to nurture [their] relationship outside of work, because it can take over so easily.”
Christian Reed-Ogba and Uchennaya Ogba of BethanyEast PR & Mgmt. Consulting have been married for less than two years. Chris suggested that in running a company as a couple, each person must recognize the specific skills of the other. Uche offered the wise (and strategic) advice, “Always keep in mind your wife is always right.”
Embracing the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the ninth PechaKucha Night (PKN9) in San Antonio will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at the Center for Architecture in the Pearl. PKN9 will feature eight of San Antonio’s most creative and innovative couples. Each duo will inform, entertain, and inspire through the characteristic PechaKucha presentation format, 20 seconds x 20 slides.
As usual, a happy hour including wine, Alamo beer, and assorted nosh will begin at 6:30 p.m. and presentations will start at 7:30 p.m. This event, hosted by the Design Foundation of San Antonio (formerly known as the Architecture Foundation) tends to reach capacity – and quickly. A limited number of presale tickets are available for $10 through Eventbrite. Otherwise, arrive early and make a $5 donation at the door.
Here’s a sneak peek of the PKN9 presenters:
Rick & Angela Martinez
Everyone who has ever watched a game on the big screen at The Friendly Spot has cinephiles Rick and Angela Martinez of Slab Cinema to thank. After opening Planet of the Tapes, their brilliantly named video store, the couple was invited to screen the 1959 comedy-horror Bucket of Blood on a concrete slab in the parking lot across the street from La Tuna. Fast forward to a partnership with the City (Movies by Moonlight), a project with the Main Plaza Conservancy (CineMundo at Main Plaza) and the purchase of an inflatable screen: The rest is history.
Joey Fauerso & Riley Robinson
Fauerso is an assistant professor at Texas State University, and her work has been recently exhibited both domestically and internationally.
Jake Zollie Harper & Amada Miller
Entrepreneurs and artists Amada Miller and Jake Zollie Harper have left their artistic marks on numerous galleries and studios in Southtown and San Antonio. Zollie Glass Studio, established in 2009, is Harper’s studio, workship, classroom, and gallery. The glassblower has exhibited his art-meets-craft wares extensively in San Antonio and Houston. Hello Studio is an independent studio space and gallery owned and operated since early 2012 by Miller, a painter, printmaker, and graphic designer. Likewise, her work has been displayed at galleries and restaurants throughout the city.
Kristin & Clay Hefty
Architects and construction project managers Kristin and Clay Hefty have truly embraced and fostered the spirit of urban renaissance in San Antonio, working on several of the most popular new establishments in the city.
The perfectly paired couple comprises two-thirds of the Dado Group, a firm recently forged by the merger of Tobin Smith Architect and Wiese Hefty Design Build.
Paul Sartory & Peggy Howe
Outlaw Kitchens and Provisions, as well as a happy marriage, has been the result of the complimentary lives and careers of Paul Sartory and Peggy Howe. Sartory, an executive chef with 30 years of experience and success, is a professor of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America campus at the Pearl. Peggy, a modern day renaissance woman, has worked as a contractor, landlord, caterer, actor, and restaurant manager. She has also spent the last 20 years restoring historic homes.
Kristy Perez & Britt Lorraine
Innovative and cross-disciplinary artists Britt Lorraine and Kristy Perez are life partners and creative collaborators, known together as Saintlorraine since 2010. Performance installations by Saintlorraine incorporate movement, sculpture, and design, and have been exhibited at the McNay Museum Stieren Center for Contemporary Art. The newest piece by Lorraine and Perez, “giving to get,” will premier during Contemporary Art Month (March).
Jesse Basham & Nicolette Good
It was a Craigslist ad, “guitarist wanted,” that first brought together instrumentalist Jesse Basham and singer-songwriter Nicolette Good.
The couple’s shared appreciation for eclectic and varied musical influences unites their creativity and inspires their music, which could be described as folk-Americana.
They have toured Texas, recorded an album, and been featured in the documentary meets reality television show, Troubadour, TX.
Ken Little & Cathy Cunningham-Little
Cunningham-Little recently completed “Life in Light,” a major work of public art commissioned by the University Health System Downtown Clinic, and has exhibited her work in this country and internationally.
Miriam Sitz works for Accion Texas Inc., the nation’s largest non-profit microlender. A graduate of Trinity University, she blogs on Miriam210.com and sells handmade goods on TinderboxGoods.com. Follow her on Twitter at @miriamsitz. [Click here for more stories from Miriam Sitz on the Rivard Report.]
Past coverage of PechaKucha on the Rivard Report:
A Preview: PechaKucha Night Volume 8 (November 2012)
Prelude to PechaKucha Night 7: 20 slides, 20 seconds (August 2012)
Creative class in session: PechaKucha 5 at the Pearl (February 2012)