You can look at Seattle's BirthDIYfest, taking place at the Vera Project tonight, in a couple of different ways.

If you're an artist, particularly someone obsessed with making your own beats, or pressing vinyl records out of your friend's band's mp3s, or trying to start your own weirdo arts collective, it's like a networking event where people from a few different uber-indie record labels are going to have tables set up.

Or you can just go to peek your head into Seattle's hippie DIY scene, in all its homemade-t-shirt glory.

Either way, it's a sweet excuse to support awesome indie music projects around town, like the All Ages Movement Project and the Seattle DIY Movement. And Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground and Feral Children, two of Seattle's flagship indie bands, are performing.

Tonight at 9:30 pm at the Vera Project (Warren Avenue N & Republican Street). Tickets are $10.


Futurewise is celebrating its 20-year anniversary tomorrow night.

It was twenty years ago that the Growth Management Act--which coordinates developers, citizens, and the government to limit sprawl--passed into law, and Futurewise (then called 1,000 Friends of Washington"), a state-wide public interest group, sprung up to defend it. They call themselves "the state's primary advocate for smart growth policies."

Tomorrow night, they're honoring former Governor (and Death with Dignity crusader) Booth Gardner, who signed the Growth Management Act into law, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, who in 1990 led the fight to pass the GMA as a Washington state House Rep.

Maria Cantwell circa 1990

Cantwell was originally slated to attend, but canceled so she could stay in DC to work on health care over the weekend.

Saturday at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison Street). Reception starts at 6 pm, dinner at 7. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10 guests.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

Seattle City Council's Committee on the Built Environment is having a special hearing on Saturday about the committee's ideas for changing regulations on apartments and rowhouses. Cola RealEstateNerd Jane has a summary here. Saturday from 10 to 12:30, at the Taproot Theater (204 N 85th Street).

Metric brings their super-slick electronic pop anthems to Showbox SODO this weekend. Sunday at 8 pm, at Showbox SODO (1700 First Ave). Tickets are $25.

SIFF Cinema is hosting a six-movie marathon Sunday, featuring Blood Simple, The Fourth Man, The Road Warrior, and To Die For The two other movies, Trouble in Mind and The Whole Wide World, will be introduced by their directors. Also, there's brunch at 9 am. Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm, at SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street). Tickets are $100.