The Minimalists--Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus--arrive at Town Hall tonight to dispense their anticipated, and slightly belated, anti-materialistic holiday advice.

 Today's picks for political and civic nerds.

For Saturday:

Tree Hugger Tête-à-Tête

Hop across the pond for an opportunity to discuss this year’s biggest environmental priorities with legislators and environmental activists from the Environmental Priorities Coalition, and then learn about the myriad ways you can get involved.

2013 Environmental Priorities Legislative Workshop, Sat Jan 12, 1–5pm, Carlson Theater, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, $0–$10.

For Friday:

Slavery is Still Slavery 

The UW Women’s Center and School of Law host this international conference to examine human trafficking and to discuss feasible ways to abolish slavery altogether.

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization, Fri Jan 11, 8am–7:30pm, North Ballroom, Husky Union Building (HUB), NE Stevens Way, University of Washington, $150.

And for Today:

Happiness in the Nothingness, Take Two

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus—two former corporate bigwigs—discuss their decision to leave their jobs, give up their material belongings, and pursue happiness through a plain, unembellished life. Since their scheduled December show was canceled due to inclement weather—and PubliCalendar recommended it—we thought we ought to mention it and risk sounding like Town Hall groupies.

The Minimalists: 2012 Holiday Happiness Tour, Thu Jan 10, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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