Über-Heavy German Lit

By Chris Kissel February 3, 2010

Today's pick:

1. Two awesome enviro-lectures tonight: First—and just in time for the Year of Urban Agriculture—Will Allen, expert in urban agriculture and winner of a MacArthur Genius grant, is speaking at Mercer Middle School. His cause, as CEO of the Milwaukee-based Growing Power, is to provide healthy, cheap, and organic alternatives to people whose low incomes or living situations force them to shop for at processed foods at city corner stores. Allen's nonprofit also provides classes on urban growing and alternative energy, with a focus on community engagement.

Tonight, from 7 to 9 pm at Mercer Middle School (1600 S. Columbian Way). Free.

On the macro flip side, Tom Lewis, CEO of the Green Exchange Venture, is speaking at Seattle University tonight. The Green Exchange is a program put together by the New York Mercantile Exchange (meaning investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and J.P. Morgan) to sell contracts for the trading of emissions permits and allowances between companies.

Lewis' lecture will mostly focus on the business politics of cap and trade systems, from the perspective of someone who will be directly in the trenches when (or if) a comprehensive climate deal is passed in the U.S. Congress.

Tonight, at 5:30 pm, at Seattle University's Wyckoff Auditorium (901 12th Avenue). Free.

On tomorrow's calendar:

1. The Frye Art Museum has two excellent-looking shows going on right now. The first is a display of works by the "Kids of Survival," an art collective formed in the economically blighted South Bronx of the early '80s by educator Tim Rollins and his students, The result, although mixed, is worth checking out.

A piece by Rollins and K.O.S.

The other, I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me, is a show curated by students at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a commmunity arts-education nonprofit program of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, in West Seattle. Youngstown students chose works from the Frye's permanent collection to display for the show, and also responded to the pieces with paintings, poems, and music of their own.

Both shows run from now til March 31, at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Avenue). Open from 10 am to 8 pm Thursdays. Free.

2. There's a lecture at UW tomorrow on W.G. Sebald, a German literary giant and profiler of post-Holocaust Germany. The style of his works exists somewhere in the space between first-person travelogue and the word-freighted surrealism of Borges and Conrad that dominated world literature in the 20th century. The lecture, called "Fabulation and Metahistory: W.G. Sebald and Recent German Holocaust Fiction," is being given UW Prof. Richard Grey, an expert in über-heavy German lit (he wrote his dissertation on Kafka).

Tomorrow at 7 pm, at UW's Kane Hall, Room 220. Free.

3. The Haiti Relief Benefit Show Jonathan Cunningham posted about earlier today takes place tomorrow night. Common Market, the Physics, and Dino Jamez are all playing, in addition to Haitian rapper Sol, whom Jonathan interviewed for his piece. Although I was always annoyed at Common Market for thinking they were too cool for me, it's high time the Physics played a Seattle show, and Sol sounds great. And, of course, it's a good opportunity to donate to Doctors Without Borders, organizer Sol's charity of choice.

Tomorrow at 7 pm, at Neumos (925 E Pike Street).
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