If you like comics and/or joyfulness, please go to Short Run this week. Illustration by Justin Quinlan

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Short Run comics goodness, see a Buddhist leader, dance to one of B.C.’s best producers, and more.

November 2, Wednesday

International Comix Night/Youth Workshop Tonight, Short Run brings four worldly cartoonists—from Lebanon, Greece, Belgium, and Mexico—to the downtown library to discuss the universal language of comics. If you’ve got aspiring young doodlers of your own, come early for a special comics workshop for kids (or anyone aged 12–22) taught by Croatian artist Ivana Pipal. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636, spl.org. Free. All ages. Youth workshop, 4:30–6 p.m. Main event, 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

November 3, Thursday

Poets! A Dynamic Group Reading What a stellar lineup of poets: Amaranth Borsuk, Don Mee Choi, Jennifer Kronovet, Sarah Mangold, Sarah Rosenthal, and Jane Wong. All these authors have published new work recently, and Choi is also hard at work translating Korean poets into English. If you haven’t fallen in love with a new poet this year, this reading will do the trick. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Psychic Radio Star Sometimes the best work comes from the most painful places. Ezra Dickinson’s 2013 Mother for you I made this, performed on the streets of Seattle as a tribute to his mother and her struggles with mental illness, was an astonishing combination of pure-hearted virtuosity and chaos. Her continuing fragile mental health propels Dickinson’s newest investigation, Psychic Radio Star, as she responds to his development as an artist. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888, ontheboards.org. $25. 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 3–Sat., Nov. 5. Also 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 6. SANDRA KURTZ

November 4, Friday

Hugo Literary Series: Animals With its big bar and swanky chandelier, Fred Wildlife Refuge is a terrific temporary home for Hugo House’s Literary Series. Tonight’s readers include short-story author Kirstin Valdez Quade, novelist Alexander Chee, and Seattle’s own Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, along with The Royal Oui, all producing new work around the theme of “animals.” Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. hugohouse.org. $10–$25. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche The world spiritual leader of Shambhala Buddhism, whom Planet Magazine recognized as one of the 30 most influential global visionaries of our time, will offer a lecture and meditation session. This is no Western con-artist guru—he’s the real deal, a lama incarnate raising money to rebuild his lineage’s monastery in Tibet. With Saturday’s session already sold out, Seattleites are lining up for some inner bliss before the zen-killing shitshow of Election Day. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., townhallseattle.org. $59. All ages. 6:30 p.m. GREG SCRUGGS

Lido The sleeper producer released a string of remixes in the past 12 months that caught the electronic-music community by storm: “Billboard” by S-Type, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, and “Latch” by Disclosure, which was taken down immediately and now exists only as online urban legend. Since then he’s landed himself on Chance the Rapper’s mixtape and in Diplo’s studio. Not bad for a 24-year-old from Norway who grew up enamored of American hip-hop and gospel. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. S., washingtonhall.org. $25. All ages. 9 p.m. GS

Sunil Yapa With the publication earlier this year of his debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa burst onto the literary scene telling a fictional tale based on the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. He returns to the scene of his story, where he will sit down with me to chat about the novel and read some of his more recent work, including a harrowing story of a trip to Haiti and his experience on the ground at Standing Rock. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave., 474-2200. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Jerry Seinfeld Will the comic, who’s scored a delightful hit with his online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, make a joke about Seattle’s famous caffeine? It’s so obvious, but Jerry’s made a career out of turning the mundane into material, so we’re game to see what he has to offer. Because, really, what’s the deal with Seattle and its coffee?!? The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $46.25–$146.25. DANIEL PERSON

November 5, Saturday

Short Run After-Party To reiterate Paul’s column: GO TO SHORT RUN. If it weren’t for the small-press and comix festival showing us here at the Weekly a few years ago that this city’s contemporary alt-comics community is one of the best in the world, we wouldn’t have a comics section. After you go, celebrate your excellent decision-making skills at the Short Run after-party, this year featuring Seattle’s best punk and hip-hop artists respectively, Nail Polish and DoNormaal. With DJ Green Thumb and Hatem Imam. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., shortrun.org. $7. 21 and over. 8–11 p.m. KS

Kidical Mass Bike Ride Snarf some coffee and vegan donuts with your kiddo at Mighty O Donuts, then bike through Green Lake until arriving at a celebration of the new protected bike lane on Roosevelt by the University District Food Bank. Mighty O Donuts, 2110 N. 55th St. More info on FB: @FamilybikeSeattle. Free. All ages. 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Jayda G For a place nicknamed “No Fun City,” Vancouver, B.C., is overflowing with great electronic/dance producers and DJs right now, Jayda G one of the chief among them. Her latest record, Sixth Spirit of the Bay, pairs her funkier disco influences with the spirit of her scientific fieldwork as an environmental toxicologist in Canada, creating dreamy grooves that unfurl with a particularly verdant tint. Tonight she’s joined by Seattle’s legendary DJ Riz Rollins. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., kremwerk.com. $7–$10. 21 and over. 10 p.m.–3 a.m. KS

November 6, Sunday

Nordra In a nostalgia-obsessed Seattle, guitarist and producer Monika Khot’s music is consistently future-leaning. Fittingly, her ambient/industrial electronic project Nordra was recently recruited to score Pylon II, a multimedia dance piece as part of the tech-meets-art festival 9e2. Tonight, Khot’s music takes to the forefront again on a solid all-local bill. With Grey Waves, Ghost Soda, Love Eater. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., chopsuey.com. $8. 21 and over. 8 p.m. KS

Cascadia Poetry Festival Closing This off-campus final reading of the week-long fest features three titans of Cascadian poetry: Sam Hamill, Brenda Hillman, and Colleen McElroy. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 4 p.m. PC

November 7, Monday

Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age The next few years are likely going to do for biology what the late 1990s did for the Internet. And we owe it all to Lee Hood, the biologist who led the charge to sequence the genome. Journalist Luke Timmerman reads from his new biography of Hood, which includes never-before-seen files and memories of the man. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

November 8, Tuesday

Ghost Talkers You don’t get to do anything tonight unless you’ve voted. Sorry, it’s the rules. But if you have and you want to do something besides be anxious while waiting for returns, why not attend a reading by sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal, who’ll read from her new novel about a ghost army in World War I? University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

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