Today’s picks for civic nerds.

For Friday:

Justice for the Jailed 

Lawyer/filmmaker Matthew Pillischer’s documentary debut chronicles the cruelty of our nation’s criminal justice system in terms of mass incarceration—a phenomenon he deems “the New Jim Crow”—and factors like race and poverty. 

'Broken on all Sides' Screening, Fri Feb 8, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Wallingford, free. 

For Thursday: 

What do Women Want? 

In a nod to Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary, our city’s chapter of the League of Women Voters presents a discussion of women’s reproductive issues today, namely the proposed state Reproductive Parity Act and changes to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Tiffany Hankins of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Shannon Rush of Medical Students for Reproductive Justice will speak. 

Feburary Forum: Reproductive Rights, Thu Feb 7, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.

TED Goes Green 

Head downtown this Thursday for a night of eight-minute TED-style talks about innovations in sustainability. The rock-star lineup of eight local innovators includes Glenn Herlihy, cofounder of the Beacon Food Forest, and Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale.

Bloom! Seattle, Thu Feb 7, 6–9pm, 1927 Events, 1927 Third Ave,  $9–$15.

And for Today: 

Connect the Dots 

Join Mayor Mike McGinn and city council members to learn about the different studies underway to link the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars and improve transit mobility overall. 

Center City Connector Transit Study Open House, Wed Feb 6, 5:30–7:30, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free. 

Planning the New 520 Bridge 

As state and city leaders debate how to fund the west side of the SR-520 bridge project, and what the Seattle side of the bridge should look like, the Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting an open house to share the latest developments and plans for SR 520 bridge construction.

SR 520 Bridge Open House, Wed Feb 6, 4:30–7:30pm, St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E, free.

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