Essayist, playwright and actor Wallace Shawn will be in Seattle on January 20 to present his new book of essays, called simply "Essays." Shawn wrote the strange and stirring plays The Designated Mourner and The Fever, but is probably best know for sitting across the table from Andre Gregory in the art-house staple My Dinner With Andre. Local journalist and musician Sean Nelson will be hosting a conversation with Shawn at the Sorrento Hotel as part of their Penthouse Symposium series. A $40 ticket includes dinner by the Sorrento chefs and a copy of Shawn's new book. On Thursday, January 20 at 7 pm. Tickets available here.