It's Salt Lake Design Week and that means it's time for PechaKucha Night. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public, it's now a worldwide celebration set in hundreds of cities. The presentation format is simple: 20 images x 20 seconds, keeping presentations concise and audiences engaged. Presenters this year will showcase architecture, graphic design, art, industrial design, urban art, photography, motorcycles, advertising and film. Addictive Behavior Motor Works, 547 W. 700 South, Friday, Oct. 16, 7-11 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Pechakucha.org/cities/salt-lake-city
If you read the West View community news, you know how vibrant Salt Lake City's west side is. Taste of the West Side is a fund-raiser for the newspaper featuring entertainment and food offerings from restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Admission is $50 for a VIP pass, which includes all the food vendors; $60 adds two adult beverages. There are also $5 single-plate passes and a $4 per drink cash bar. It costs $10 more to purchase tickets at the door, so register at the event website. Sugar Space, 132 S. 800 West, Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m., WestViewMedia.org/taste
Salt Lake County voters have received their ballots in the mail already, but that doesn't mean they have to make up their minds and vote right away. There are still debates in the Salt Lake City mayoral and City Council races on the horizon: Mayoral debate: Hinckley Institute of Politics, U of U Orson Spencer Hall, 260 Central Campus Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, noon-1 p.m.; Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Council District 5, 6 & 7 debates: Clayton Junior High, 1470 S. 1900 East, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
Surprise! This is Utah Archives Month and it's not just for nerds. The free brown-bag lunch-hour gatherings are scheduled at noon. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, hear Sarah Alizabeth Fox, a freelance writer, editor, and folk historian, discuss her newly published book Downwind: A People's History of the Nuclear West. Then, Wednesday, Oct. 28, historian Brian Cannon will talk about the book he co-authored with Charles Peterson, The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation. You heard it right: Awkward! Utah State Archives Building, 346 S. 455 West, Wednesday, Oct. 21, noon; Wednesday, Oct. 28, noon; UtahArchivesMonth.org