1. Tonight is inaugural installment of the Washington Bus's "Olympia in a Can" series will kicks off with a video of the State of the Union address, followed by a video conference with a selection of state legislators.
The Bus has booked Rep. Deb Wallace (D-17), chair of the House higher education committee (and current candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Brian Baird); and Reps. Bob Hasegawa (D-11) and Scott White (D-46), both of whom sit on the higher ed committee. Higher ed funding has been a burning topic in Olympia this year, from proposals to increase tuition for state colleges to income tax proposals aimed at getting the funding back.
Another real selling point is that you get to hang out at Grey Gallery (awesome) and nerd out about local politics (and get angry together over budget cuts) with in-the-know politico-hipsters, some of whom aren't even old enough to drink.
Tonight, from 6 to 8 pm. At Grey Gallery (1512 11th Avenue). Free.
2. The lineup for tonight's PubliCola One Year Anniversary Party includes Song Sparrow Research, CMYK (they of "sensual blips" and "euphoric pulses"), and THEESatisfaction, who, like me, were influenced equally by Star Trek and Gil Scott-Heron.
Tonight, at the Crocodile (2200 2nd Avenue). Doors open at 6 pm.
On tomorrow's calendar:
1. Tomorrow brings another surge of Haiti fundraisers. The first is a little more low key—a presentation and fund-raising effort by Fonkoze, a microfinance group based in Haiti.
Donating to a microfinance group might seem less intuitive in a time like this than, say, texting $10 to the Red Cross, but when the rubble is cleared, Haiti will still be fundamentally economy-less (before the earthquake, wire transfers from other countries made up about a third of Haiti's entire economy). The hope of bringing microfinance to Haiti is this: Over time, Haiti will be able to build up something in the way of a stable economy, based in part on small businesses started through low-interest loans.
The event is being put on by Seattle Greendrinks, SeaMo, Re-Vision Labs, Global Washington, and Seattle Works, and the $20 suggested donation goes straight to Fonkoze.
Tomorrow evening at the Pike Pub (1415 1st Avenue), from 6 pm to 9 pm. $20 suggested donation.
There's a screening of "Eat For This is My Body" tomorrow night at the Northwest Film Forum (which Alexandra also mentioned yesterday in her FilmNerd column).
The film plays something like a collection of symbolic images that, in their unity, express the poverty, violence, and racism present in modern-day Haiti. All profits go to the Haitian Cine Institute.
At 7 pm tomorrow, at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Avenue). Tickets are $10.
Finally, re: Haiti, there's a show at the Moore Theatre tomorrow night, featuring the Maldives, Vince Mira, the singer of MxPx, and a long list of other performers. All proceeds go to the Red Cross in Haiti.
Tomorrow night, at 7 pm, at the Moore Theatre (1932 2nd Ave). Tickets are $15.
2. There's a brown bag information session tomorrow at lunchtime about the South Portal of the viaduct/deep-bore tunnel project—the southern entrance to the tunnel that would, under three different proposals, disrupt traffic on First Avenue (during construction), Pioneer Square construction projects, and/or historic buildings in the neighborhood.
In short, the tunnel project is creating serious fears about its negative impact to Pioneer Square. The session tomorrow is a discussion on how much the project will effect the landscape of the neighborhood. It includes presentations by Bob Powers, deputy director of SDOT, and Ron Paananen, administrator for the viaduct replacement program.
There's also a panel discussion featuring Cary Moon of the People's Waterfront Coalition (who called the state of south-portal planning "dreadful" in an editorial last month), Bradley Khouri of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Lisa Dixon and Adam Hasson of the Pioneer Square Neighborhood Association. The event is sponsored by Great City, the AIA, and the Pioneer Square Community Association.
Tomorrow from noon to 1:30 pm, at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, 319 2nd Ave S.
3. The Hugo House is holding its new-ish Cheap Wine and Poetry variant, "Cheap Beer and Prose," tomorrow night, featuring: Maria Semple, writer of the book This One is Mine and a former writer for Arrested Development; Rory Douglas who writes a column on martial arts for McSweeney's; and a couple others. The premise is pretty sweet: The readers read from longer works, while drinking beers; audience members listen to them read, also while drinking beers. That's the way they do it in Europe.
Last year, the Hugo House had kegs, and they ran out of beer. This year, they're selling cans instead.
Tomorrow evening at 7 pm, at the Hugo House (1634 11th Avenue). Cans of beer are $1.