1. As far as cartoonist-journalists go, Joe Sacco is pretty much the genre's main innovator—his 2000 book Safe Area Gorazde documents the lone Bosnian-Muslim town of Gorazde, besieged by Serbs throughout the Bosnian War but largely spared the Serbian ethnic cleansing that characterized the conflict. Part oral history, part first-hand dispatch, it’s a serious step forward for the comics medium, even ten years on.
Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco’s newest book, is a hard inquiry into the 1956 killings of 111 Palestinian refugees living in Israel. Like last year’s animated film/graphic novel combo Waltz with Bashir, Sacco’s new book consists of interviews with survivors and riffs on themes of memory and historical reconstruction, as Sacco attempts to use his subjects’ recollections to (literally) paint a picture, and thus subsume a forgotten event.
Tonight at Town Hall, 7:30. Tickets are $5.
On the Calendar for Tomorrow
1. In case you haven't heard, Josh and Erica are interviewing City Attorney Pete Holmes tomorrow at Town Hall's brand-new Public House Bar. J&E have already said they're going to ask Holmes about his campaign promise to publish his legal opinions.
But, of course, there's more where that came from, so if you're worried about the future of Good Neighbor Agreements, or the repercussions of Holmes' recent decision to fire more than a dozen attorneys (including former criminal division head Bob Hood), or how the criminal misdemeanor system will approach issues like mental health or homelessness, or anything else, I suggest you come and ask.
At Town Hall, at 8:45 tomorrow night. Free.
Also, it just so happens that Erica and Josh's interview follows a talk by Gabor Mate, a physician who writes books about mental illness and who typically specializes in ADD and ADHD. Tomorrow night, Mate is presenting on the nature of addiction (giving equal time to the psychological, social, and physical aspects), and is being introduced, for some reason, by ex-SPD chief-turned-pro-marijuana hippie Norm Stamper.
Tomorrow night at Town Hall, at 7:30 pm. $5.
2. "Parliament" is the Washington Bus's every-once-in-a-while, free, all-ages shindig. It's partly a free hip-hop show, featuring Brothers From Another, an old-school style rap group whose members are in high school, and State of the Artist, DIY masters and head-nod inspirers. There will also be free cupcakes from Cupcake Royale.
But the real radness is the fact that the event is also an Olympia advocacy meet-up fest (hence the name). Tomorrow night's deal is focused on the environment, and representatives of the Washington Conservation Voters and Enviromental Priorities Coalition will provide info on their 2010 state legislative priorities. The Bus, like the tech-savvy hooligans they are, will be taping testimonials by Parliament-goers on what they want to go down in Olympia this year. Then they're taking the videos down to Oly.
Tomorrow night, at the Vera Project, at 7:30. Free.
3. One hundred years ago, Spokane was a burgeoning town of miners and rail workers and miscellaneous frontier-types. There was some social unrest, too--apparently, 1909 was a banner year for the Spokane chapter Industrial Workers of the World, which led a series of protests in the name of workers' rights.
Tomorrow afternoon, John Duda, editor of Wanted: Men of Spokane, is reading at the University of Washington Book Store. Duda compiled newspaper articles and personal recollections from a cohort of socialist newspaper editors for the book, which aims to tell the story of the 1909 protests. Nothing makes for a fun afternoon like a cohort of socialist newspaper editors.
Tomorrow at 3:30 pm, at the University Book Store.