20 slides, 20 seconds each, just a measly 6 minutes and 40 seconds in the spotlight.

For some people that’s too short. For others, too long. What’s your take? Want to try it out? We invite you to submit a topic for our PechaKucha Pittsfield #6 on May 16, 7 p.m.

So wait, back up — what are PechaKucha Nights? Loosely translating to chit-chat or blah-blah in Japanese, a night consists of a series of PowerPoint presentations, each just 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The catch? Each presentation comprises 20 slides, each projected for only 20 seconds, that progress automatically. It’s a format that was created in Tokyo by Klein Dytham Architecture when they realized that 20-minute long presentations were putting everyone to sleep (I’m sure we’ve all been there). And the topic? Anything. We’ve had presenters talk about food (sandwiches, yum), theater, motivations, architecture, furniture, music, culture, travels, and so on and so on. We’ve had Herman Melville pay a visit; Captain Ahab took us on a journey, and we even brought some Shakers back to life!

Still confused? Watch this PK our organizer, Craig, put together.

As always — admission is $5, members and presenters get in for free. Card-carrying members of Berkshire Young Professionals also get in for free. Tickets are available in advance by calling 413.443.7171, ext.10, or by visiting the Museum. During the event, we provide snacks and free adult beverages (beer from Wandering Star Craft Brewery). If you want to present, simply send an email to Craig ([email protected]) or Jenn Gomez ([email protected]) and they can explain more. Here are some pictures at the bottom so you can see what a PK night in the Museum is like. See you soon!