Tues, Sept 9
Despite its stick-figure-art style, Xkcd has carved out a niche as one of the Internet’s smartest and most popular webcomics, thanks to its combination of science, philosophy, whimsy, and, of course, humor. The strip’s creator, Randall Munroe, steps out of the comic realm but maintains a comedic edge with his new book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Town Hall, sold out (standby tickets may be available).
Wed, Sept 10
Word Works: Charles Baxter on Plot
Richard Hugo House kicks off its 2014–15 Word Works: Writers on Writing series with a discussion of plot. Acclaimed novelist and National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter explains how to captivate an audience while incorporating urgency and momentum into your storyline. Richard Hugo House, $12.
Thurs, Sept 11
Toronto-based indie rock foursome Zeus hits the road to present its third album Classic Zeus. We're sure Zeus's standout single "Miss My Friends" feels all too relevant as the band sweeps across the United States and Canada. Chop Suey, $10–$12.
Sat, Sept 13
Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival
Seattle’s Chinatown–International District hosts a one-night celebration of Asian food and music at September’s Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival. Thirty food trucks offer special $5 Asian-themed items, and DJs spin Top 40 tunes during a late-night dance party. International District, free.
Sat, Sept 13
Puget Soundtrack: Vox Mod
Northwest Film Forum hosts the first edition of its new musical movie series Puget Soundtrack, where local artists provide a live soundtrack to one of their favorite films. The film selected remains a surprise until patrons arrive. Things get under way as electronic wizard Vox Mod performs along with an unnamed flick by Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Northwest Film Forum, $15.