Both port cities, New Orleans and Seattle are otherwise far different in temperament: humid, friendly, and boozy versus soggy, stand-offish, and caffeinated. Yet the bilocal exchange program seeks to bridge those differences. This weekend’s gathering of writers, musicians, filmmakers, and chefs from the two cities will be mirrored next spring in New Orleans, still recovering from ruinous Hurricane Katrina. The first event also launches the anthology Where We Know: New Orleans as Home (Chin Music Press, $16), whose editor, David Rutledge, will appear and read in the company of locals Megan Kelso, Molly Wizenberg, and Jonathan Evison. Friday’s musical headliner is Cajun troubadour Coco Robicheaux, to be followed by our own Robin Holcomb on Saturday. Catering for an optional no-host reception is by Tom Douglas, Matthew Dillon, and others. (A companion exhibit at Tether Design Gallery continues through Nov. 26.) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Nov. 12, 6:30 & 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 13, 6:30 & 8 p.m., 2010

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