Thursday (11/11) • Named after the Japanese term meaning the sound of “chit chat,” Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced, concise presentation model that has taken root in 318 cities worldwide. The event gives presents a chance to share an idea or concept using 20 images that appear for 20 seconds each. Tonight, Seattle’s Pecha Kucha chapter tackles the topic of coffee, inviting local experts, including regular Seattle mag contributor Shannon Borg. 7 p.m. Free. Ouch My Eye Gallery 1022 1st Ave S. ouchmyeye.com.
Bilocal’s inaugural Reading
Friday- Saturday (11/12 & 11/13) • This month, the two cities—and coasts—are bridged via Bilocal (bilocal.org), a new, Seattle-based literary series examining the meaning of place, home and community. It’s the brainchild of Bob Redmond, who has held myriad arts posts locally (including as Bumbershoot’s arts program manager 2004–2010 and Seattle Poetry Fest’s founder/director 1998–2000) and who last summer started a nonprofit called Essential Arts, the mission of which is to develop creative work for the common good. Bilocal is the group’s first project. The event is actually two events—one in Seattle and one in New Orleans (in April). At both, the same six writers from Seattle and six writers from New Orleans will create and present brand-new work on the nature of community. In addition, local designer Daniel R. Smith (known for his captivating poster shows at Bumbershoot that have joined Seattle artists with artists in Havana, Tehran and Moscow) has invited six graphic designers from each city to create posters based on the written work. In Seattle, where our surfeit of word nerds is renowned, yet another literary series might not seem like big news. But Redmond says this one is different. 11/12 & 11/13. $15–$20 6:30 p.m. pre-funk. 8 p.m. show. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.
Saturday (11/13) • If you didn’t have plans Saturday night, you do now. Seattle Art Museum’s Remix is literally mixing it up with its always fun, late-night party for 20- and 30-somethings. From guided tours, to a live DJ set, you’ll find plenty of ways to get your culture fix at SAM. If that’s not enough, grab a gaggle of friends and join on after hours tour of the museum’s incredible Picasso exhibit. Be sure to schedule a slot on the tour when you purchase your tickets, tours of the must-see collection are limited. The first 50 guests donning a striped sailor shirt get in for free! 8 p.m.–1 a.m. 18 and older. $12-25. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. 206.654.3121. seattleartmuseum.org
Steak Frites at Betty
The grill guys at BETTY know how to get a good, deep char on a piece of meat. That’s why we can’t wait to go back for another Cedar River rib-eye from California ($24), served with a mountain of crisp, thin fries just out of the fryer. Want more meat? Check out our November cover story for the ultimate guide to eating local meats. Betty, 1507 Queen Anne Ave. N, 206.352.3773, eatatbetty.com