The Minimalists laud the simpler holiday joys. Hopefully we all will leave their Town Hall talk feeling more inspired than guilty. Photo via The Minimalists

Today's picks for politcal and civic nerds.

For Friday:

Happiness in the Nothingness 

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. 

The Minimalists: 2012 Holiday Happiness Tour, Fri Dec 21, 6–7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 

For Thursday: 

Craft with Green Seattleites 

Celebrate 2012 and eco-collaborate with your neighbors at this green transition organization’s last meeting of 2012. Bring an entrée or salad to share, and enjoy candle making, crafting, and conservation chatter.

Sustainable NE Seattle's Monthly Meeting, Thu Dec 20, 6–9pm, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, free. 

And for Today:

For Those Who Crave Apocalypse 

If the Mayans were right, this will be our last film festival, so we might as well make the most of it. SIFF offers up a slew of apocalyptic visions committed to celluloid.

Tonight, enjoy Children of Men: Clive Owen battles an infertility epidemic leaving humanity on the brink of collapse.

The End of the World As We Know It: Apocalypse Film Festival, Wed Dec 19, 9pm, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, $9-$10.

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