Today’s picks for political and civic nerds.

There are so, so many reasons why coal is wrong for our region. Learn more at tonight's 'Dirty Coal' film screening. Photo via Sustainable Wallingford

For Wednesday:

Civic Business Double Feature

William Janeway, an economics professor at Princeton and Cambridge—and, in his free time, a venture-capital investor—is in town to discuss his enthusiasm for the “innovation economy.” Stay afterward for free entry to business psychology pundit Daniel Pink's talk on the art of persuasion.

Capitalism in the Innovation Economy, Wed Jan 9, 6–7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 

For Tuesday: 

Cascadia Unleashed!

Grassroots green campaigns Seattle Greendrinks and Cascadia Green Building Council combine forces for an evening of talks, live music, aerialists, and other entertainment in the name of sustainability (and networking). Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own tableware. 

Cascadia Unleashed!, Tue Jan 8, 5:30–9pm, Hale’s Ales Palladium, 4301 Leary Way NW, free. 

And for Today:

Coal is for the Naughty 

Given the state of coal angst in our region, this timely documentary screening should convince most of you fence straddlers to hop down and join the campaign against coal. Coal opponents will be on hand to discuss ways to get involved. Bring a friend! 

'Dirty Coal: The Toxic Addiction', Mon Jan 7, 6:30–8:30pm, Pastoral Center, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 7000 35th Ave SW, free. 

Y’all Can Leave

There’s no mercy for the South in local journalist Chuck Thompson’s upcoming talk, which puts up a strong argument for Southern secession to reclaim the health of our nation.

Let the South Secede, Mon Jan 7, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 

*Want to see your nerdy event listed? Email Katie at publicalendar@seattlemet.com!