The Grammy-winning cabaret superstar and chanteuse has performed worldwide. Seattle last saw her at On the Boards, naked and hilarious in Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show. Now she's back with her regular show. $15.
Rutherford, who is from Seattle originally, reads from his much-praised new book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories. Free.
A bunch of writers including Kathleen Flenniken, Rachel Kessler, Sierra Nelson, David Schmader, and Greg Stump will perform new work via PowerPoint presentations. Free.
Philbrick's newest historical account is titled Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. $5.
Despite an unfortunate acronym, the Chinatown Historic Alley Partnership (CHAP) is working hard to revitalize urban spaces in the ID. Today they host a picnic in Canton Alley, with live music, food from Chopstix, and the chance to “talk stories about Chinatown ID alleys.” No cover, $10 for one drink ticket, $20 for two drink tickets and one food item.
Newitz is a writer for sci-fi blog iO9. Her new book is titled Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, and it's reportedly an optimistic non-fiction book about the apocalypse. Free.
Actor, writer, comedian, and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me) tell tales from "a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues." The show has been popular during its New York and Chicago runs. $35.
Professor Norman Lundin discusses the various aspects of creating a persuasive illusion of space. In conjunction with The Landscape: Described and The Landscape: Evoked. Free.
A pair of economists embark on a "lunchtime discussion of Federal Reserve monetary policy." $29/$24 for Town Hall members/$14 for students.
Fancy Dahlia Lounge “dresses down” for a four-course dinner of English pub classics with beer pairings from Seattle’s own Schooner Exact—an arguably good deal for 50 bucks. $50.
Keen "most accurately predicted the great financial crisis," which means you should pay attention to his new book, Debunking Economics. $5.
After seven years, the annual Guest Chef at the Waterfront moved inland to the Showbox Sodo. The lineup of more than 20 restaurants and 20 wineries/breweries includes Tulalip Resort & Casino, SkyCity at the Needle, and Duke’s Chowder House, but it does benefit FareStart, the local nonprofit that provides culinary training to disadvantaged individuals, so: recommended. $70 before May 1, $80 after, $125 VIP.
Negrón, who is an "acclaimed Spanish-language writer and queer activist," will read from his new collection of stories, Mundo Cruel. Free.
The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr is the real-life story of the 12-year-old boy who killed the sheriff of a small Washington town. Free.
$10 / $20.
Press materials say that Switek is a dinosaur fanatic. The title of his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus, seems to indicate that this is a true statement. He'll talk about dinosaurs and feathers and other dinosaur-nerdy things. $5.