GeekWire Calendar Picks: Economic hope in the 21st Century; fossils after dark; and more

Get up close to fossils, rocks and minerals at the Burke’s Earth NiteLife event on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo by Chris Cunningham/Burke Museum)

— The newly re-opened Burke Museum is putting together a full slate of activities for people of all ages to come and check out. One of these is Burke NiteLife, a series of events designed to get adults to experience the museum in a kid-free, party-like atmosphere. The first of the series is called Burke NiteLife: Earth and focuses on the museum’s collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, providing guests hands-on activities while enjoying drinks and music. NiteLife: Earth takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 24.

— “The middle class is dying.” “Technology is replacing manufacturing jobs.” “It’s impossible to break into a career with little more than a high school diploma.” We’ve heard these sentiments floating around for some time. These messages can lead us to believe things look pretty bleak for most working Americans, but Adam Davidson thinks the opposite is true. In his new book, The Passion Economy, Davidson lays out the case for hope in the 21st Century economy by telling the stories of some unexpectedly successful people. Davidson, a staff writer for The New Yorker and a Peabody winner for his coverage of the financial crisis, will be speaking about his book as part of the Seattle Arts Lectures series on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall.

Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar:

  • Investment Outlook Panel 2020: A panel of venture capitalists discussing their predictions for 2020 at Create 33 in Seattle; 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23.
  • Space.City Presents Ronald Rael: Notes from the Borderlands: A presentation about the technology used to build the border wall at the Seattle Public Library Central Location in Seattle; 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23.
  • Socially Inept: Tech Roast Show: A comedy show focused on the tech industry at Hale’s Ales Palladium in Seattle; 8 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23.
  • Fireside Chat with Kirby Winfield: A chat-style interview with the angel investor at KL Gates in Seattle, 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.
  • Fundamentals for Startups: Building Your Culture as You Scale Your Business: A presentation on strategies for starting out with a good company culture at Fluke Hall at the University of Washington in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.
  • Founder Friday with Madeline Haydon: A presentation about attracting investors at Atlas Workbase in Seattle; 4:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.
  • I Dig Dinos: Flight and Feathers: A family event about fossils at the Burke Museum in Seattle; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.
  • Lunch and Learn: Market Trends: A presentation about investing in healthcare startups at Cambia Grove in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28.
  • Seattle Angel: Pitch Deconstruction: A workshop for startups about perfecting your investment pitch at WeWork in Seattle; 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28.
  • The Science of Scouting: A presentation about how the NHL is using analytics to attract team members at The Pacific Science Center in Seattle; 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28.
  • TiE Entrepreneur Institute for Small Business Entrepreneur: A presentation about successfully starting a small business at Create 33 in Seattle; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29.
  • Cofounders Connect: Founder of BitTitan: A presentation about scaling your business at Atlas Workbase in Seattle; 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29.

For more upcoming events, check out the GeekWire Calendar, where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organizing an event? Submit details here.

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