1. Two Haiti benefits tonight: The first one is at Nectar Lounge, featuring DJs Supreme La Rock, B Mello, DV One, and Bamboo.
The Nectar Lounge is a rad place to hang out—last night's awesome Canary Sing/D. Black/Binary Star show blew it up, by the way—and the cast is a very solid lineup of go-to Seattle turntablists.
At the Nectar Lounge, in Fremont. $10 suggested donation. 7 pm, 21+.
2. The other one is a little weirder. Technically, it's a pro-Conan O'Brien demonstration, organized by a group called "I'm With Coco" (Conan O'Brien, in case you've been living under a rock, is feuding with Jay Leno for a coveted late-night television spot).
But the Red Cross will also be there to accept donations to the Haiti relief fund. Although that doesn't really make the event less trite than it is, the "rally" does sound like a good opportunity to donate to the Red Cross, if that's your charity of choice.
Tonight from 6 to 8 pm, at Westlake Center, 4th Ave. and Pine Street in downtown Seattle
Coming up tomorrow:
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1. Robert McChesney and John Nichols wrote The Death and Life of American Journalism, a new book whose central argument is that newspapers are going to need government subsidies to stay afloat.
The economics student in me is reflexively dismissive of the idea—the journalism field is changing, and if there's demand for objective, hard-news reporting, there's going to be a supply of it, with or without newspapers.
But McChesney and Nichols, who are reading from their book at Town Hall tomorrow, are afraid that's not happening. Of course I like their rap on how the Fourth Estate is critical to the functioning of American democracy. I just think using government funds to sustain a clearly dying medium—namely, newspapers—is probably a waste of money. Not to mention that the idea of government involvement in newspapers seems a little contrary to the writers' argument that media needs to be independent from powerful entities for it to be appropriately critical.
Tomorrow at 7:30 pm, at Town Hall, Eighth and Seneca. $5.
2. There's a meeting tomorrow of the oversight committee for the Bridging the Gap Levy—the nine-year transportation funding project that lasts until 2015. The committee meets four times a year to discuss the progress on the levy-funded projects. This time, the agenda includes a public comment session, and discussion about the neighborhood street fund and the overall plan for levy projects in 2010.
Tomorrow at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., in the Boards and Commissions Room. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm.