Do This Tonight:
ARCADE magazine, issue 28.3 Launch Party

ARCADE is the Pacific Northwest’s architecture magazine, published by the Northwest Architectural League. It’s everything an architecture magazine should be—it has lean, ultra-modern design, it goes serious into the economics and environmental science of design and development (this last issue contained a feature on “technological metabolism”), and it’s written by a who’s-who of local enviros and architects (including this article about recycling construction waste by former Seattle City Councilmember/architecture consultant/Harvard fellow Peter Steinbrueck).

Reading it makes you feel smart, although it also kind of hurts your brain.

Tonight, they’re having a party for the launch of the magazine’s newest issue. It’s in Bellevue, but there will be live music and snacks.

Tonight at Open Satellite in Bellevue (989 112 Ave NE, Suite 102), from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, $10 suggested donation.

See all of yesterday’s picks here.

Do This Tomorrow Night

When you go down to the Pioneer Square artwalk, you should show your gratitude for getting into all those museums for free (and also re-up your karma points) by stopping into the Pioneer Square Cafe Vita for a "laptop rally" put on by 4Culture.

4Culture is King County's main arts and culture organization—most of their projects involve rehabilitating historic buildings for community and arts purposes and providing support for arts organizations and community groups. Well, they're looking at serious cuts, upwards of 80 percent of their funding, according to Executive Director Jim Kelly.

A "laptop rally" is a fun way of saying that they're meeting up to write letters to state legislators tomorrow night, pushing the lodging tax bill—a bill in Olympia that takes sales tax revenue from hotels and motels and other temporary lodging, and funnels it toward arts and culture programs.

Tomorrow night at Caffe Vita in the Tashiro Kaplan building (125 Prefontaine Place South) in Pioneer Square, from 6 to 8pm.

There are also some museums that aren't in Pioneer Square. My recommendation is to head to the Central District's Northwest African American Museum, if you've never been before—they're showing an exhibition of art from Seattle's Ethiopian community. You should also make a point of heading to the Seattle Asian Art museum while they're still showing the New Old/New New Exhibition, which features a bunch of their newest acquisitions in contemporary Chinese art as well "modernist" paintings as old as 1690.

Lotus and Ducks, ca. 1690.

Northwest African American Museum (2300 South Massachusetts Street), open til 7 pm on Thursdays.
Seattle Asian Art Museum (1300 1st Avenue), open til 9 pm on Thursdays.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

The Seattle Human Rights Commission is having its quarterly public meeting tomorrow, which includes a dialogue with the panel currently seeking a new chief of police. Tomorrow night at Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue; Commissions Room L-280), from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

The first SXSW send-off party is tomorrow night at the Tractor Tavern, featuring Dyme Def, Thee Emergency, Grynch, Pearly Gates Music, and THEE Satisfaction. Tomorrow night at 8 pm at Tractor (5213 Ballard Ave NW). Tickets are $10. 21+.

Dave Metz, author of Crossing the Gates of Alaska, a memoir about roughing through the Alaskan arctic, is reading at Third Place Books. Tomorrow at 7 pm, at Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE). Free.