Ted Conover, maverick of New New (New?) journalism, is reading from his new book The Routes of Man: How Roads are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today.
Conover is part of that modern school of journalism in which writers make themselves active participants in the world they're writing about (less Barbara Ehrenreich's contrived and preachy Nickel and Dimed and more Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's masterpiece of the genre, Random Family).
Newjack, his last book, was fantastic, detailing his tenure as a guard at Sing Sing penitentiary in New York.
In The Routes of Man, Conover travels around the world to discover what different roads mean to different people (the East African highways that facilitated the spread of AIDS, for example, or the roads in China bringing rural teenagers to urban factories). Seeing Conover in person would be awesome—I can hardly think of anyone else on Earth with more stories to tell.
Tonight at 7 pm, at Elliott Bay Book Company (101 S. Main Street). Free.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and you could hang out at Pioneer Square all night. But in less you feel like waiting in line and paying gratuitous covers, here's what I suggest:
Blood Squad, Seattle's legitimately funny improv horror-comedy troupe, perform horror movies from beginning to end that they make up on the spot (you really have to see it to believe it).
They're doing a special St. Patrick's Day performance before they screen Leprechaun, the most ridiculous movie ever made. Blood Squad + Leprechaun, Wednesday at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave), at 10 pm. Tickets are $7.
There's also a shmancy "green wine" tasting at Capitol Hill's Licorous restaurant—they're serving five different "Organic and Biodynamic wines" and appropriate food pairings, for $40/person. Licorous, 928 12th Avenue.
Finally, there are a few Irish bars outside Pioneer Square, and if you're trying to make that happen, T.S. McHugh's Restaurant (21 Mercer Street), Clever Dunne's Irish House (1501 East Olive Way), or, best of all, Conor Byrne (5140 Ballard Ave NW), which will reportedly be serving Middleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey for $35 a shot.
Tomorrow's Full Calendar:
At 9:30 tomorrow morning, the City Council's Public Safety and Education Committee is going to be formally discussing Councilmember Tim Burgess' plan to crack down on aggressive panhandlers. Wednesday at 9:30 am, at City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall (600 Fourth Ave).
The Seattle-King County Building and Construction Trades Council and the King County Labor Council are holding a rally at Westlake Center at 2 pm to push for construction projects like viaduct and 520 bridge replacement. Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm, at Westlake Park (401 Pine Street).
Jeff Garlin, who plays Larry David's manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm, is going to be in town tomorrow to read from My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World. The book is about how Jeff Garlin reduces his person carbon footprint. Wednesday at Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 pm. Tickets are $5.
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