How many reasons do you need to love David Byrne? A New York Times writer called him a “cultural omnivore,” pointing to his work as “an installation artist, author, blogger, recording executive, photographer, film director and PowerPoint enthusiast,” and mentioning that “He’s even been known to dabble in music.”

Byrne has been in Seattle twice this year for shows that proved his music dabbling has been a wildly successful venture, but when he comes back later this month it will be for an entirely different reason.

David Byrne - photo by James Estrin/The New York Times
David Byrne - photo by James Estrin/The New York Times
On September 28, from 7:30 to 9 pm, Town Hall will host David Byrne & Friends: Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around. An avid, long time bicyclist, Byrne has not only been advocating cycling and designing bike racks for New York City, but has written a book called ‘Bicycle Diaries’ which “chronicles David’s observations and insights — what he is seeing, whom he is meeting, what he is thinking about — as he pedals through and engages with some of the world’s major cities.” When it comes to cycling, David Byrne talks the talk and walks the walk (his bicycle is his means of transportation), and for the book he did it through cities like Beunos Aires, Instanbul, San Francisco, London and Detroit.

The $30 ticket to the event includes a presigned copy of ‘Bicycle Diaries’ and a chance to ask questions of panel of experts. “Dave Janis of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, one of the regions’s foremost bicycle advocacy organizations; Barbara Gray of the Seattle Department of Transportation, speaking from a city planning policy position; and Mark Hinshaw FAIA, director of Urban Design of LMN Architects and author of True Urbanism” will be joining Byrne on stage. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

There will not be a book signing after the event.

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