Today's picks for civic nerds.

For Friday

An American in Communist China

Join filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers for a special screening of their film The Revolutionary at this month's installment of the Meaningful Movies series.

The film chronicles the life of Sidney Rittenberg, an American living in post-WWII China who joined the Chinese Communist Party and China's Broadcast Administration. However, after a fall-out with the party, Rittenberg served 16 years in solitiary confinement, after which he returned to the United States in 1980. The Revolutionary portrays his life through interviews with Rittenberg about his unique experience as an American insider in communist China and the historical context surrounding his story. 

Meaningful Movies: The Revolutionary, Fri, June 7, 6:30-9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ5019 Keystone Place N., free. 

For Tomorrow

Streetcars through Seattle

Learn more about downtown connection between the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars at an open house hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). On the table: Whether the downtown streetcar should travel along 1st Ave. or further to the east, on 4th or 5th.

Center City Connector Transit Study, Thurs, June 6, 5:30-7:30pm, South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave N, free.

Connecting Mercer Island to the Mainland

Sound Transit hosts an open house to give riders and residents a look at the latest designs for the Mercer Island segment of East Link light rail, including the Mercer Island station in the center roadway of I-90. Sound Transit expects East Link to carry about 50,000 riders each weekday by 2030. East Link constructino will start in 2015. 
 
Mercer Island Link Light Rail open house, Thurs, June 6, 5-7pm, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St, Mercer Island, free.

And For Today

Mixing Business and Politics

The CityClub's upcoming Civic Cocktail will focus on the intersection of business and politics. Panelists include Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina (session permitting), Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee International and current Vice Chair of the Washington Business Alliance, Michele Matassa Flores, Puget Sound Business Journal Managing Editor and Knute Berger, Crosscut columnist. The panelists will discuss how local politics, including the upcoming mayoral race, impact Seattle's business community.

Civic Cocktail: The Business of Politics, Wed, June 5, 6pm, The Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave, $10-$15.

The Future of Bike Lanes

Weigh in on the latest draft of the city's Bike Master Plan and learn more about its developement and implementation. Upcoming open houses will be held in North and South Seattle. 

Help Shape the Future of Bicycling in Seattle Open House, Wed, June 5, 6-7:30pm, City Hall, 600 4th Ave, free. 

Columbia City Stroll

Join a community walk through Columbia City to examine the Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in the area. Although these buildings are packed with charm, their outdated structures pose a public hazard in the chance of an earthquake. A group of community outreach specialists and structural engineers will discuss policy options for their renovation during the walk. The community is encouraged to participate in the discussion on restoring buildings while retaining their historical value.

URMs in Columbia City, Wed, June 5, 10am, S Edmunds St & Rainier Ave S, free

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