For Today

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Works in Progress

Need a little break after your Super Bowl celebration (or after all the honking and fireworks kept you from sleeping)? Relax a little and let your creative juices flow at Hugo House's Works in Progress.

WIP is an open mike night for anyone who wants to meet other writers and share their work. Share your fiction, poetry, play, or any other type of work you have, or just listen and support fellow writers. 

Works in Progress, Mon, February 3, 7–9pm, Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, free. 

For Tuesday

King County Metro Hearing

The King County Council is giving you a chance to speak about the potential Metro cuts, which could—if voters don't approve a new vehicle license fee and sales tax increase—add up to as much as 17 percent of bus service in the county. How are buses crucial to your daily life? How will the cuts affect you?

Share your story at this hearing, and RSVP to let them know you're coming.

Metro Hearing, Tue, February 4, 6–8pm, Union Station, 401 S Jackson, free

For Wednesday

Civic Cocktail

Wanna ask Ed Murray about the $15 minimum wage or the search for the new police chief? Here's your chance. CityClub is hosting a discussion with our new mayor, moderated by Joni Balter, on Murray's priorities and goals.

Other guests include Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess and Real Change director Tim Harris.

Civic Cocktail, Wed, February 5, 6pm, The Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, $12 (advance) $15 (door price). 

Investing in Global Warming

We all know (and most of us acknowledge) that the earth is heating up, thanks to technology, carbon emissions, and the exurbs!—and it means that our way of life is leaving the planet significantly damaged for future generations. But there's another culprit to climate change: Profiteering.

McKenzie Funk, author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, will be discussing big business's crass reaction to global warming—buying water companies, investing in storm-blocking technologies—and the profits for some that could create problems for many of us.

McKenzie Funk: Getting Rich from Climate Change, Wed, February 5, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Advance Notice for February 21

The Next Mass Extinction

We humans like to think that our legacy is going to be one of innovation and intelligence. But based on how we are living now, it could very well be a legacy of obliteration. Unlike the extinction of the dinosaurs—caused by a meteor striking the planet—animals such as the Sumatran rhino and Panama's golden frogs are going extinct because of human destruction.

Elizabeth Kolbert will be discussing her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and how human population growth, building, poaching, and pollution has killed countless species of animals throughout history. 

Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction, Fri, February 21, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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