Where better to celebrate the 119th birthday of noted American genius/misfit/geodesic-dome-fetishist Buckminster Fuller than at Ada’s Technical Books? Many of Fuller’s ideas may never have hit the mainstream—I want my Dymaxion house, damnit—but you’ve got to appreciate his tireless originality. (Fuller was years ahead of his time with his passion for environmentalism, but even the ideas that didn’t catch on, like his attempts to rebrand the word “weaponry” as “killingry,” had their charm.) Local expert Steven Sieden will discuss Fuller’s science-fiction reality and explain why the world needs more Bucky. (Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E, seattletechnicalbooks.com, 7 pm, free)