1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
Exploring the intersection of art and technology in the modern age, award-winning author Vikram Chandra's first work of nonfiction analyzes the relationship that exists between literature and coding. In Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, he gives insight into the two fields he loves most, including known stereotypes like Silicon Valley's "Indian Mafia" and the "generalized misogyny" of modern coding culture, as well as his personal experiences in the field. According to Chandra, "Code moves. It changes the world" -- but so do literature and art. He'll also explain why, in order for the science to be recognized as a beautiful artform, "programmers need to claim the extraordinary nature of what they do." Chandra is also the author of Sacred Games and Mirrored Mind. Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU. Tickets: $5. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: Listen to Chandra discuss "the beauty of code." READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/vikram-chandra-the-art-of-coding/
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
Getting discovered, visiting a new city every night, and sacrificing personal relationships -- these are some of the many hardships faced by touring musicians. Stacey D'Erasmo's Wonderland follows 44-year-old Anna Brundage, a rock star going on her final tour and hoping to achieve a comeback with her last album. D'Erasmo's novel is "full of fantastic, lyrical prose" and gives a realistic portrayal of the grind of the road. Based on memoirs and accounts by a variety of musicians, D'Erasmo's writing is fueled by research she conducted on tour with Scissor Sisters in the summer of 2010. Wonderland explores the known clich��s of a musician's life while also bringing to life the hidden side of stardom. D'Erasmo is the author of Tea and A Seahorse Year. D'Erasmo will appear in conversation with Emily White, former editor of The Stranger. Presented by: Town Hall and Third Place Books, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts. Tickets: $5. Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: About the author. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/stacey-derasmo-a-musicians-wild-ride/
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
Some say "the Millennials are taking over," but according to Pew Research Center's Paul Taylor, the world they're inheriting is shaky at best. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring daily, the potential for medicare and social security to rest on the shoulders of the young is at an all-time high. Known as the tech savvy children and grandchildren of the Boomers, Taylor says Millennials have contributed to today's polarized politics and changing social norms. The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown outlines the many conflicts between new and old. When the Boomers all retire and the Millennials are still faced with unemployment, Taylor says a truce -- both economically and socially -- must be achieved in order to make it through the pending "generational war" of economics. Taylor is Pew's Executive Vice President of Special Projects. Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Tickets: $5. Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: Take a PEW quiz to find out "How Millennial Are You?" READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/paul-taylor-the-millennials-economic-burden/