PubliCalendar: Emergency Planning, Hacking, and Tackling Big Tobacco
Today's picks for civic nerds.
The recent mudslide along state route 530 is a devastating reminder that natural disasters are always a potential threat. So the Seattle Office of Emergency Management is hosting an open house to discuss the city's worst potential dangers and the preventative actions the city should take.
The open house opens with "family-friendly activities" (your guess is as good as mine) and refreshments, and the presentation begins at 7. And community members who can't voice their opinion in person can fill out an online survey.
Open House, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, Tue, April 8, 6–8:30pm, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, free.
The Northwest Film Forum, the city's mecca of indie movie programming, is bringing a batch of ultra left-wing films to the screen to celebrate (and speculate) about Seattle's recent shift to the left.
Is it conceivable that Seattle—paradise of plastic bag bans, mandatory paid sick leave, mandatory composting, and civil liberties for backyard goat herding—could actually move any further to the left? Oh yes. In case you missed it, we elected socialist Kshama Sawant to the city council late last year, and we're currently on the cusp of raising the minimum wage, Sawant's campaign pledge.
To explore Seattle's deep dive into Socialism, NWFF is hosting Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring, ten nights of movies where radical politics hit the screen.
NWFF wanted to get PubliCola involved, so Josh was asked to program a night for the series. Rather than showing one movie, Josh is going to discuss several movies that each reflect on a different aspect of political urbanism, the brand of politics, that, in his opinion currently offers the most radical and relevant challenge to the status quo.
The movies, such as Fight Club and the Blackborad Jungle, touch on themes like urban transportation, mutliculturalism, networks, and youth culture. The finale of his talk features a flick, Hackers, that ties all these urbanist themes together in one exciting, action-packed example of city cinema.
Here's how Josh described the night to the folks at NWFF: It's a tour through movies where urbanism—particularly the electric youth culture of city life—is as radical and subversive as Marxism and Anarchism. Agit-prop teens translate music into politics and tech smarts into transgression, upending the government and corporate status quo, in this collection of urban-themed films. Multiculturalism, mass transit and the kismet of streets (all fixed features of cities) also factor in to the revolution at hand.
Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring, Wed, Apr 9, 7pm, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, $8.
A scientist for Philip Morris in the 70s and 80s—hired, supposedly, to research options for making cigarettes safer—Victor DeNoble's research discovered that nicotine was definitely addictive. DeNoble was eventually kept from publishing in medical journals, fired, and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding his discoveries.
Since 1994, however, DeNoble has been a key expert in trials against tobacco companies, and has become one of the most active and vocal anti-smoking activists in the country. This documentary tells the story of DeNoble, often called the first whistleblower on the tobacco industry.
Advance Notice for April 26
Urban Weeds and Wild Food
Seattle Tilth is offering a full lineup of springtime classes for urban farmers and gardeners. But if you're not going to be gardening in your backyard or P-Patch plot, there's another option for you: foraging.
In this two-part class, you'll learn about Seattle's edible weeds and foragable (if it's not a word, it should be) foods. In the first part, Melany Vorass-Herrera will teach you to identify edible weeds and plants, and lead a discussion on ethics and local regulations. The second half of the class is a full-on cooking class: taste and learn to prepare Seattle's most common edible plants such as dandelion, nipplewort, and cat's ear—and maybe you'll also learn exactly what nipplewort is.
You can take the classes together, or choose to attend just one.
Urban Weeds and Wild Food, Sat, Apr 26, noon–4pm, Good Shepherd Center Room 140, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, $25–$36.
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