Jeremy Novak here filling in for my colleague Genie Leslie.

Even though I'm on the arts beat for SeattleMet, I was told to “post for civic nerds.” Who says there isn’t  crossover between civics and popular culture? House of Cards for example, or Peter Stark’s Wednesday talk on the Astor Expedition that I included in my last SeattleMet Culture Fiend post.

Plus, I’ve overheard Josh and Erica hold non-political conversations (Lorde!) on multiple (maybe three) occasions, so I figured I could give this a shot:

For Today

REACTOR: Lessons from Fukushima

It’s been three years today since the enormous earthquake in the Tohoku-Oki region in Japan that caused one of the the worst nuclear reactor catastrophes in history.

Tonight you can join Lori Matsukawa of KING 5 as she presents works from three Pacific Northwest artists that celebrate the resilience of the Japanese people in the face of the Fukushima tragedy.

The film Echo at Satsop by Tokyo-born artist Etsuko Ichikawa was filmed at an abandoned nuclear facility in Washington, and Reactor by Ian MacKenzie examines the aftermath of Fukushima as it becomes part of Japan’s national mindset.

Vancouver band Buckman Coe will deliver their reflective brand of folk and soul with tribute songs like “Stars Over Tokyo”.

REACTOR: Lessons from Fukushima, Tue, March 11th, 6-9pm, Wing Luke Museum 719 South King St. $15–$25.


For Wednesday

Seattle: City of Literature

To say we are a literate city is an understatement. For the last four years Seattle was ranked the second most literate city in the nation, losing each time to Washington D.C. (and if any city is reading more than us it's reassuring to know it's the one making the laws).

Now Seattle is prepping for an attempt to be recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature, and you can hear Mayor Ed Murray, local novelist Ryan Boudinot, and other community guests discuss why we deserve this erudite status.

Seattle: City of Literature, Wed, March 12, 7:30-8:45pm, Town Hall 1119 8th Ave, Free.


For Thursday

Chocolate for Choice 2014

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington hosts their annual fundraiser where they bring together chocolate and reproductive rights. There will be over 40 chocolatiers and PubliCola's own Erica Barnett will be a celebrity judge along with the likes of KEXP's Kerri Harrop and Mayor Ed Murray.

Depending on your donation, you could walk out with a full pound of your favorites from the event so indulge—there’s no guilt if it’s for a good cause.  

Chocolate for Choice, Thur, March 13, 6:30-8:30pm, Terrace Club at Safeco Field 1250 1st  Ave, $40 and up.