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Where the Conversation Goes

By Chris Kissel December 1, 2009


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1. Bronx-born Richard Price writes mostly about murder and crime in New York City (his latest book, Lush Life, is about the aftermath of a random murder in the Lower East Side.) But he's also written about Baltimore—specifically, he's written several episodes of The Wire.

Price will be at Benaroya Hall tonight screening one of the episodes he wrote for the popular show's third season—in which a police detective gets shot. He plans to  discuss the ideas behind the episode, including drug legalization, violence, and the law. In light of all that's been going on in lately—well, it'll be interesting where the conversation goes.

Presented by Seattle Arts and Lectures, 7 pm at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $25 to $70.

2. Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, a pretty rocking band, is throwing a party tonight called "Footlaos." It's an '80s-themed dance party to raise money for a Laotian elementary school Flotard once visited.

It's Capitol Hill party people getting crunk for third-world children. It's hipsters with a cause. And it's at Sole Repair (a sweet little converted warehouse space you'd totally miss if it weren't for the jams and the boozy people spilling out the door).

I'm not really sure what to make of the poster, but parties at Sole Repair are always fun, and it sounds like there are some kids in Laos who could use a floor for their elementary school.

Tonight at Sole Repair, on 10th and Pike. Tickets are $10

3. The second of three McGinn town hall meetings is tonight at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. McGinn won't be sworn in officially until January, but he's scheduled these December meetings all through town to hear from Seattle residents before taking office. (Last night's town hall was in Northgate; tomorrow's is at Rainier Beach High School).

Meanwhile, one idea that got five votes on McGinn's IdeasforSeattle.org page was the "Zombie Epidemic Emergency Plan." That idea is currently ranked 76th.

7 pm, at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (on 17th and Yesler).

4. I try to stay away from putting too many "weirdo lectures" in the PubliCalendar, but I wanted to include this presentation on Pluto by Alan Boyle, a local dude and the science editor for MSNBC.

Pluto

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That might not sound all that exciting in and of itself, but the City of Seattle sold me with this sentence, from the event description: "Pluto may have contained the building blocks of life billions of years ago, and may well serve as life’s last redoubt billions of years from now." Holy shit. I'd pay $5 to hear about that.

Tonight at Town Hall, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5.
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