Strange Origins

By Chris Kissel February 22, 2010

Today's pick:
The Sierra Club is holding a forum/information session tonight at REI about their priorities for the remainder of this year's legislative session in Olympia.

The panel includes Kerri Cehovic (Outreach Director of the Washington Environmental Council), Carrie Dolwick (Policy Associate of the Northwest Energy Coalition), Doug Howell (Senior Regional Representative of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign), and Bill LaBorde (Policy Director of the Transportation Choice Coalition).

Tonight at 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at REI Seattle (222 Yale Avenue North).

Also of interest:

Mayor Mike McGinn will be holding the first of five town hall meetings on his still-nebulous Youth and Families Initiative, which aims to come up with solutions to "the deep, complex problem of how to create an equitable community for our great city’s youth and families," according to a statement from McGinn today.

Tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S).

Do this tomorrow:
The Central District Forum, a local organization that puts on community panels (I went to one once about 1850s abolitionist terrorism and it was awesome) and hosts a local African American film festival, is putting on a "Rent Party for the People of Haiti"

tomorrow night. It's a funny conceit, and the event is a little different than the recent stream of local Haiti fundraisers (which is just now starting to peter out).

The CD Forum event features Paul Rucker, who makes interactive videos, where viewers can manipulate the music being played by a musician displayed on the monitor by pressing buttons or dragging their finger across the screen. He also made an animated map of the United States prison system.

From "Four Score."

The event also features local DJ crew Sun Tzu Sound. All proceeds from the event go to Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders.

Tomorrow night, at 7 pm at The Crocodile (2200 2nd Ave). $10 suggested donation.

Also of interest:
The "Innovations & Careers in the Green Tech Industry" event coming up tomorrow evening features an "interactive panel" with speakers from different local green entrepreneurs—companies and organizations, including the director of an investment bank that finances sustainable technologies and the manager of the climate change department at Puget Sound Energy, that employ people to work on expanding sustainable infrastructure or making people's houses more energy efficient, or any of that great stuff (there are seven speakers in all).

The point is to give an update on local energy efficiency and climate change efforts, but it's also something of a job fair and mixer for people interested in local green jobs.

One of the speakers, Kevin Wilhelm of Sustainable Business Consulting, wrote a book called "Return on Sustainability" and he'll be signing it after the discussion.

Go here to register for the event. There will be appetizers, and drinks for sale.

Tomorrow at 6 pm, at Pravda (1406 10th Ave, Ste 200). Free.

Miss this:
Tomorrow, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the two dudes behind the gamer/tech nerd Web site Penny Arcade, are reading from their new book, The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11½ Anniversary Edition. The site, and its wildly popular Star-Wars-and-Microsoft-centric cartoon, is pretty much for game nerds only. So, I'll turn it over here to GameNerd Sam Machkovech.

The cover shows two guys riding a unicorn past a rainbow, which matches the comic's silly tone, but this compendium takes itself mighty seriously. Previous collections by artist Mike Krahulik and writer Jerry Holkins have been mostly archival reprints; this hardcover release, conversely, skips a few strips to focus on PA history and perspective, including Q&As, commentary, essays, tributes by other artists, and tales of legal woe. Seems like fan service to a fault, especially for a comic whose annual Penny Arcade Expo lays its creators bare for diehard readers, yet the focus on the comic's strange origins, monumental financial success, and "do what we want" attitude result in a relatively proper introduction for newcomers—assuming those newcomers have a thing for unicorns, anyway.

Tomorrow at at 7 pm, at the University Book Store (4326 University Way NE). Free.
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