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Candance Vance and Dennis Bateman star in Relativity at Taproot Theatre. 

Image: Erik Stuhaug

Mon, Sept 18 
The Information War: Fake News, Privacy, and Big Data
Access to mass media and information allows citizens to keep informed and educated. But it can also promote widespread acceptance of half truths, biased data, and straight up lies. University of Washington experts in data science, informatics, law, and human-centered design recognize this problem and come together to address it. In a time when facts can be easily manipulated to fit certain agendas, this lecture equips citizens with tools to tell fact from fiction, and skills to protect privacy amid the world wide web. Impact Hub, $15

Mon, Sept 18
'She Started It' Screening and Panel
The ACT-W Seattle conference celebrating women in tech kicks off with a screening of She Started It, a documentary showcasing the achievements of female tech and entrepreneurial leaders across the globe. Filmed in Silicon Valley, New York, and Vietnam, director Nora Poggi zooms in on five women and their individual roads to success over the course of two years. Carefully attentive to the cultural roots of female underrepresentation in STEM fields, the film highlights women combatting the status quo. A panel of local female entrepreneurial leaders follows the documentary screening. F5 Networks, Inc. $10 

Wed, Sept 20
Josh Weil with Carol Guess and Urban Waite
Over the past ten years, California-based author Josh Weil thought obsessively about light. Not so much literal light—fluorescent versus warm amber glows, and the like. Instead, Weil focuses on the human draw to the concept of light. In his new collection of short stories, The Age of Perpetual Light, Weil explores the human search for knowledge, progress, and the eradication of darkness. Joining Weil is Carol Guess (The Reckless Remainder), a Bellingham-based poet and the winner of Columbia University's Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement, and Urban Waite (Sometimes the Wolf), an author known for his suspense-filled crime novels. Hugo House, Free

Wed, Sept 20
Albert Einstein changed the world with his theory of relativity, making him one of the most famous minds in history. But there were parts of his life that remained shrouded in mystery. In 1902, Einstein and his wife Mileva had a daughter. Two years later, the child mysteriously disappeared. Directed by Scott Nolte, Relativity tells the story of the tragedy of Einstein's daughter through the eyes of a persistent reporter digging for answers. Taproot Theatre, $15–$50 

Thu, Sept 21
Grab Back Comics Anthology Reading
The Grab Back Comics Anthology started out as a blog and is now compiled into the print book Acts of Love and Resistance. The emotionally dense compilation of Seattle-based artist's experiences with sexual assault, harassment, rape culture, and advocacy tells a story of systemic oppression towards women in an effort to breed love from resistance. Anthology curator Erma Blood, artist Amy Camber, and other anthology contributors read their stories. Third Place Books: Seward Park, Free

Thu, Sept 21
'Venomous: How the Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry'
Award-winning science writer and biologist Christie Wilcox embarked on an international journey to find what most people avoid: venomous animals. In her newest book Venomous: How the Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, she explores killer jellyfish, hemorrhage-inducing two inch caterpillars, and octopuses that have the ability to paralyze anything that gets too closeThese creatures might be deadly, but Wilcox explains why they're work protecting: not only do they play vitals rolls in their ecosystems, but venom is a vital tool used find life-saving drugs. Ada's Technical Books, $5

Fri, Sept 22
Becca Blackwell: 'They, Themself, and Scherm'
Before Becca Blackwell identified as trans and became a New York-based actor and writer, their religious Midwestern family trained them to be a proper girl. In their self-written, self-starring performance They Themself and Scherm (a reference to '80s heartthrob Corey Haim's self-directed short Me Myself and I), Blackwell addresses personal experiences with abuse, identity, sexuality, and gender. A skilled fusion of tragedy and comedy, Blackwell's tear- and laughter-inducing performance is unmissable. Velocity Founders Theatre, $20–$25

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