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Lessons for a Sustainable Future

Dr. Robert Gilman, former astrophysicist, uses his research on 16,000 years of human history to draw conclusions about the sustainability of our planet, and he believes we have reason to be hopeful. Find out why, and how, looking at the past can help us in the years to come.

What Time Is It?—Lessons from history for a sustainable future, Wed, February 12, 6:30–9pm, 1217 Sixth Ave, $7.50 (buy tickets here).

Ignite! Seattle

Ignite! Seattle is a public-speaking series, started in 2006, that offers 5-minute presentations on just about any topic you can think of—consider them local, time-limited TEDtalks.

With only five minutes and a slideshow limited to 20 rotating slides, presenters will cover a range of topics. Some of last November's talks covered Shakespeare, Google Glass, food poisoning, and angry brides.

The night begins with a networking event at 7 before presentations start at 8.

Ignite! Seattle, Wed, February 12, 7pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Thursday

Secretary at War

And as we published a few weeks ago in Advance Notice: Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and he has the tell-all memoir to prove it. 

Sharing his opinions on Congress, policy decisions, and political parties, Gates will be at Town Hall discussing his book and his political career. How many chances will you have to see a former head of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense in person?

Secretary at War, Thu, February 13, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Friday

Revealing Queer

Same-sex marriage is legal in Washington and Seattle has an openly gay mayor. We've come a long way in the fight for equality. And Revealing Queer, a new exhibit at MOHAI,  shows just what that journey has looked like. 

From the pre-Stonewall years to today, Revealing Queer chronicles the evolution of the Puget Sound LGBTQ community with photographs and artifacts from donors all over the country. Opening on Valentine's Day, this exhibit is the perfect way to study the history of romantic relationships and their impact on our culture, politics, and way of life. 

Revealing Queer, Fri, February 14, 10am–5pm, Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N, $14. 

Advance Notice for February 20

Boycott McPoverty

McDonald's was constantly in the news last year for providing budgeting resources to its employees—with a budget based on having two jobs and leaving out money for childcare, gas, and groceries. The budget proved one thing about the unhealthy fast-food corporation: They are fully aware that they don't pay their employees enough to survive. 

Next Thursday, Working Washington is calling for a boycott of the three biggest fast-food chains: McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. In the midst of a local debate about raising Seattle's minimum wage (and with President Obama signing an executive order today to raise the national minimum wage), these corporations making billions of dollars in profits should lead by example and pay their employees a living wage. 

Plan ahead to pack a lunch next Thursday, and if you're in a pinch, grab something from a smaller chain or a local spot and support fast-food workers everywhere.

Boycott McPoverty, Thu, February 20, all day, all McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's locations, free.

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