Tonight:

There are two excellent local-film events tonight. Take your pick: It’s either the premiere screening of Nicklesville, which documents the Seattle homeless encampment of the same name, or Seat of Empire, a film about the history Seattle.

Nickelsville is the story of Seattle’s roving tent city—currently set up on the empty lot on 25th and King—told from the POV of the people who live there. The encampment is currenly in danger of closing down because they have nowhere to go after their May 5 deadline.

Tonight at 7 pm, University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Suggested donation $12.

Seat of Empire sounds like a video game, but it’s a documentary commissioned by the Mayor’s Office about the history of Seattle, from its rollicking Wild West days, to its rugged backwoods Jet-City days, to its current status as a Mecca of software companies and hella-rich people. Director Shaun Smith is going to be at Scarecrow Video tonight for a Q&A.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE). Free.

Tomorrow:

Yesterday, Earth Day marked 40 years since Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the eco-holiday. There are events going on all over the city to get serious about it, in particular, there's the Earth Day 40th Anniversary work celebration at the Washington Park Arboretum.



Hosted by the Student Conservation Association and attended by employees of the UW Botanic Gardens and the City Parks Department, the day is not only a practical way to help the environment—the day starts with a short program, followed by work projects across the park—but it's also a valuable networking opportunity for anyone interested in making a career out of saving the planet.

Tomorrow, 9am-3pm.  Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Drive).  Free, but please RSVP.

The Weekend's Full Calendar:



The Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center is celebrating Earth Day (and it's 3rd Anniversary) with a day of bird banding and bald eagle tours.

9 am to 2 pm, Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., 206-652-2444

The Fremont Brewing Company is hosting a beer and chocolate fest—guests can sample Fremont Brewing beer-infused Theo Chocolates—to hype the Seattle premier of Fresh, a film about sustainable agriculture. Fremont Brewing is the new organic/sustainable brewery in Fremont. The event is $25, but you get a voucher to see Fresh on April 30 at Seattle Central Cinema.

Sunday, 3:00-5:00 PM, 3409 Woodland Park Ave. N. $25.

3409 Woodland Park Ave. N, Seattle 98103, www.fremontbrewing.com

It's poetry month at the Henry, and tomorrow poet-in residence Karena Youtz will read selected works in the Stroum Gallery.  From Boise, Youtz rode the Wave Poetry Bus in 2006, has published one book, and is currently working on an epic trilogy in two books.

Tomorrow, 11am-4pm at the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE & 41st St), Stroum Gallery.  Museum tickets $10, free for UW students and Henry members.

It's Seattle Poetry Slam's event of the year on Sunday:  the 2010 Grand Slam. Contestants compete for a spot on the National Poetry Slam team.  Now that weekly SPS events are hosted in a 21+ venue (the Re-Bar), the Grand Slam—being held at Town Hal insteadl— is a good way for under-21 slam-fans to get in on the action.

Sunday 7-11pm at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave).  Tickets $10-$15.
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