Limited Space

By Chris Kissel January 4, 2010


1. On Monday nights, the Capitol Club, a spot calmly decorated with candles and velvet couches, turns into a pretty swingin' hipster hangout—cans of Rainier are only $1, hip hop dudes gather to smoke and b.s. on the awesome balcony overlooking Pine Street, and gangster dance beats thump, courtesy of DJ Swerveone.

Word on the street (aka Twitter) is that local rappers Helladope are going to play a set at the Capitol Club this evening as well (we wrote up Helladope here).

10 pm, at the Capitol Club, 414 E. Pine St.

2. John Esposito has spent that last few decades studying and explaining Islamic culture to Americans—he's currently a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown, and heads that university's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

Tonight, Esposito is reading from "The Future of Islam," his thesis on Islamic culture, based on extensive polling and expounding on whether Islam can ultimately get along with international understandings of justice and human rights (he thinks they can), and attempting to explain a comprehensive Muslim perspective of the rest of the world.

Town Hall. Tickets are $5.

3. As mentioned in today's Morning Fizz, this afternoon is the official swearing-in of Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn and City Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Mike O’Brien, Nick Licata, and Richard Conlin. The public's invited, although there's obviously limited space in the Council Chamber—in any case, there's a reception at 3:30 pm in the large Bertha Knight Landes room.

McGinn's got his own set of inaugural events set for this Saturday—including a City Hall open house, which will presumably run similarly to McGinn's three post-election town halls, followed at 8 p.m. by a free rock show at Showbox SODO.

Today at 2 pm, at City Hall.

4. This week the Northwest Film Forum is screening The Vanished Empire, a 2008 Russian film from set in 1973. The premise of the film: An 18-year-old Russian boy refuses to grow up, lured by the symbols of the capitalist world—rock music and sexual liberation.


In essence, it's a teen movie, about three kids in a rock band, set in the Soviet Union—a country emerging from the terror of Stalinism, with forebodings of an uneasy transition.

Tonight through Thursday, showing at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Tickets are $9.
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