For Today

Hidden Pictures

Navos, a local organization serving low-income people and families with serious mental health challenges, is screening the new film Hidden Pictures: The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health. Delaney Ruston, producer and director, takes the audience across the globe to uncover the stories of those with mental illness, stories that are often ignored and untold. 

Hidden Pictures airs on PBS this spring, but you can see it now at this special screening. Director Ruston will be available after the one-hour film for questions. Call 206-298-9651 to see if seats are still available—seating is limited to 100.

Film Screening: Hidden Pictures, Thu, January 30, 5–8pm, Big Picture Movie Theater, 2505 First Ave, free.

Future of Work and Technology

As technology advances, people worry (with good reason) that too many jobs will be lost to automation.

However, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, have a different POV: that we can work with this technology to improve work environments and our economy.

Join Brynjolfsson and McAfee, along with Ramez Naam, technologist and CEO of Apex Nanotechnologies, for a discussion on the technological future of work and education. (Maybe they’ll let us know if Hoverboards are in the works? It’s almost 2015.)

Surviving the Technology Revolution, Thu, January 30, 7:30–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Clinical Trial Awareness

Clinical trials can lead to new drugs and treatments for a variety of diseases, as well as a little money for the participants, but the idea of actually doing one can be a bit scary.

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation is hosting an educational event: a discussion on clinical trials, the process, and the benefits of participating. The session will also include free health screenings, information booths with local healthcare professionals, and free food.

Aware for All: Clinical Research Education Day, Thu, January 30, 6–8pm (with info on display at 5), Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free (registration is encouraged).

For Friday

Greenways Drop-In Session

Seattle's Department of Transportation is working to build greenways across the city to keep streets safer. To share your opinions on the proposed greenway for 23rd Avenue, or to just get your questions answered, stop by this last drop-in session and meet with staff from the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway and the 23rd Avenue Corridor Project.

Neighborhood Greenways Drop-in Session, Fri, January 31, 4:30–7pm, Miller Park Community Center, 330 19th Ave E, free.

For Saturday

Washington State Democrats 

The Washington State Democratic Central Committee is having its annual winter meeting.

This weekend's contest in Vancouver, where the party is choosing a new chair (perhaps Dana Laurent, the former political director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest), is actually more important for Washington state than the showdown in New York.

WSDCC Winter Meeting, Sat, February 1, 1:30–5pm, Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W Sixth Street, Vancouver, free. 

Advance Notice for February 4

King County Metro Hearing

The King County Council is giving you a chance to speak about the impending Metro cuts. How are buses crucial to your daily life? How will the cuts affect you? 

Share your story at this hearing to help the KCC move forward with a ballot initiative to preserve bus service. RSVP to let them know you're coming.

Metro Hearing, Tue, February 4, 6–8pm, Union Station, 401 S Jackson, free

 

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