Tonight at 7 pm, at Third Place Books in Ravenna (6504 20th Ave. NE). Free.
1. David Swanson's reading at Town Hall tomorrow night from his new book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency—it's supposed to be a thorough look at the ways the Bush Administration altered the functioning of the Federal government.
I don't know that Swanson has much of a background in journalism; mostly he appears to be a total flaming liberal—he ran communications for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, wrote the introduction for Kucinich's book calling for George W. Bush's impeachment, and worked for ACORN and the AFL-CIO. For those still obsessing over the myriad ways civil liberties were compromised Bush era, this sounds like the reading of the year.
Tomorrow night at Town Hall at 7:30. Admission is $5.
2. The Department of Planning and Development is having a design review meeting for a proposed new building in Capitol Hill, on the corner of Harvard and Thomas— "The Harvard Flats," the name tentatively given to the project by developer WRP Associates. The proposal is for a seven-story building, with room for 30 apartments, ground-level retail space, and a 60-car garage.
It looks like a commercial bank from the '70s, or possibly the setting of a John Denver movie.
The DPD meeting will discuss the early planning process of the building. Capitol Hill Seattle has a picture and write-up on the building.
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM, at the Seattle University Admissions Building, on 12th Ave and Marion St.
3. On first sight, Cecil Otter looks like another scruffy son of the Midwest with aspirations to whispery folk strumming and idealizing the working class. So it's kinda surprising to hear his calm, head-nodding hip hop, laden with angry white-guy flows a la Sage Francis or Aesop Rock.
Thematically, though, it's not a mistake to align him with those whispery folksters—he raps with a voice as thick as Johnny Cash's about riding on boxcars, wrangling horses, and "picking up the old six string." It works, but not easily (and, God, that name).
The show tomorrow night features label mate Sleep. It's hosted by local rap guru/the Corner founder Candidt.
Nectar Lounge, at 8 pm. Entry is $6.