For Thursday

Wendy Davis in Seattle

Come show your support for Senator Wendy Davis, the tenacious Texas state representative who filibustered for 11 hours straight to kill legislation that would restrict abortions in Texas, when she visits Seattle this week. (The legislature ultimately passed the law, which bans all abortions after 20 weeks, in a special session, although opponents have vowed to continue the fight.) The visit is hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice WashingtonPurchase a ticket to attend.

An Evening with Wendy Davis, Thurs, August 15, 6-7:30pm, The Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave. S, $50-$100.

EOI Celebration

The Economic Opportunity Institute invites you to celebrate the progressive economic organization's 15th birthday at this year's Summer Patio Party. Chow down on all-you-can-eat Latin-inspired dishes to a background of live music. Kids under 12 eat free.

EOI's Summer Patio Party, Thurs, August 14, 6-9pm, The Economic Opportunity Institute, $20.

For Wednesday

The Stranger's Night of Genius: Literature

The Stranger's annual "Genius Awards" honor the best and brightest Seattle artists. Culture up with Stranger literature editor Paul Constant as he hosts a reading and Q&A with this year's lit finalists: Political poet Maged Zaher and sci-fi epic author Neal Stephenson.

A Night of Genius, Wed, August 14, 5:30pm, 21+, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, $10

For Tuesday

Coffee with Gael

Chat over coffee with Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-36, about her positions on coal trains, education, transportation, and other issues affecting her district, which stretches from Queen Anne to Ballard. 

Couldn't make it today? There are two more opportunities—on Aug. 29 and Sept. 15.

Hang with State Rep. Gael Tarleton, Tues, August 13, 9-10:30am, Ballard Coffee Works, 2060 NW Market St, free. 

The Big Green: Community Picnic and Festival

It's like Bumbershoot with Birkenstocks.

Join Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Green Drinks as they host the second annual Big Green! community picnic. The family-friendly event features games, food, and live music sponsored by more than 30 local and regional eco-minded businesses. 

Yes, that means a Sierra Nevada beer garden. (Bring Your Own Cup, of course.)

Big Green! Picnic, Tues, August 13, 5:30–9pm, Hunter Farm Gathering Place, 7744 35th Ave NE, $5 suggested donation

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