Halloween is almost here, so why wait? Pre-celebrate this weekend with comedy horror, a mini pumpkin festival, the Lit Crawl or, if you want to get in touch with your dark side, a talk about our penchant for natural disaster denial.
All around town, Thurs. 10/24 from 6 p.m. on, FREE
More than 60 authors appear around town (from Elliott Bay to SPL to Capitol Cider) in 45-minute shifts, starting at 6, 7, and 8. Set aside your whole night and hit three mind-bending, diverse events. Or limit yourself to one or two. Either way, Lit Crawl is a ball. Highlights: British novelist Will Self. Seattle's own graphic novelist/cartoonist Ellen Forney. Farm to Fable, a tasting menu of three local food writers. Post Lit, head to Hugo House where the works of all featured writers (as well as drinks) will be on sale.
Syrinx Effect/Naomi Siegel Quartet
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepard Center, Thurs. 10/24 at 8 p.m., $5-15 sliding scale
Seattle’s annual Earshot Jazz Festival will be going on through November 17th — all around town. Thursday night, local trombonist and composer Naomi Siegel and soprano saxophonist Kate Olson traverse genres, improving from folk to ambient noise. Siegel’s quartet Sunchasers will follow. Earshot’s full calendar (mainly weekends) is here.
Susan W. Kieffer on the Dynamics of Disaster
Town Hall, Fri. 10/25 at 7:30 p.m., $5
Whidbey Island geologist and 1995 MacArthur Genius Award winner Susan W. Kieffer talks about her latest book: The Dynamics of Disaster. Kieffer takes us on a geological trip around the world, stopping at the sites of natural disasters, where we keep rebuilding.